Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt

I have over fifty years of art teaching experience in private schools, community colleges and studio instruction. I hold a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute, New York.


If you live in or near Wilmington, North Carolina, my Sun Room Studio is not far away!  I publish a new class schedule once a month and look forward to being your art instructor!

Classes are ongoing, you can enroll anytime or request custom class times and instruction in a special area of interest. These are small classes with personal guidance in a friendly, sunny art space! Contact me today by filling out the form below or call 910 547-8115.

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Art Classes With Lois DeWitt

Four weekly two hour sessions--$100.00

Supply lists available.

Saturday Kid’s Workshops $15.00—All materials are provided.

Printing With Natural Materials

Make beautiful prints using natural materials: leaves, twigs, grasses, shells, etc. This technique is great for journals, greeting cards, calendars, note cards and, of course, small lovely prints.

Monday Morning 10-12 OR Monday Afternoon 2-4

Impressionist Painting

Love the Impressionists? You can paint that way too! Learn how small dots of color unify to create a vibrant painting. Bring a photo of a subject you would like to paint or I will provide a photo for you.

Tuesday Morning 10-12 OR Tuesday Afternoon 2-4

Draw Light and Shadow with Pencil

Beginning with simple shapes (circles, squares, etc.) and then still life objects (oranges, apples, a mug, etc.) I will show you how to use pencil shading techniques to create light and shadow and create dimension in drawing.

Wednesday Morning 10-12 OR Wednesday Afternoon 2-4

Coastal Critters in Water Color

Learn how water color pouring and color blending methods make fish, turtle and shell shapes pop. Add colored pencil drawing designs for additional vibrant color and texture.

Thursday Morning 10-12 OR Thursday Afternoon 2-4

Draw Upon Your Creative Self!

I will guide you through four projects that will reveal your imagination and develop your creative abilities using pencil, pen and ink and water color.

Friday Morning 10-12 OR Friday Afternoon 2-4

Just Kids Workshop

Ages 6 to 12 Children will explore water color and color pencil methods to make awesome fish and sea creature paintings. All materials supplied.

Saturday Morning 10-11:30 

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Real Feedback

...I currently I'm working with a author for children's books and I'm doing some of the illustration. This has been a real challenge, but enjoying it. When I not at home my sketch pad goes with me and I'm practice on something all the time. I've taken my art more serious and have the time to do what I thought I would never be able to do and you have inspired me to make me realize a dream that I thought I wouldn't get to do in my life time. Will be sending a picture for you to look at and see where I need to do to improve. It may take a week or two, but you will hear from me. Janice


I'm 60 and just getting back into art. My mother was an artist and I always wanted to be one too. I like the (acrylic) painting and I'm just finishing up the Intermediate! Never though I could paint so good! Eleanor Fuller


Please send link to basic drawing lessons--enjoyed your blot painting! Thank you, Phyllis


Hello Lois....In your introductory e-mail you asked about who I am. I'm retired. As I watched my triplet grandchildren drawing and creating fine looking artwork, I got to thinking about how much I had enjoyed drawing when I was about their age. My recollection is that I was pretty good but in truth probably not as good as my aging memory recalls. I do know, though, that I enjoyed it very much. So one day I sat down with paper and pencil to sketch a masterpiece only to find that all the talent I had as a teenager had been lost somewhere on my journey to senior citizenship. The desire, if not the ability, was there so I began searching the net for drawing lessons. I was surprised to find sites that actually provided free lessons. (I fully expected to pay for lessons) I was most impressed with your site so here I am....hoping to reawaken a long suppressed interest in the art of drawing.

Darrell Larson


It's never to late to do art! I've been painting with water color and then did some little cards for my twelve year old niece.

Thank you for your art lessons,

Betty Jacobsen

Notes on Writing The Artist Within Lessons...

Five years ago, for a small business course at a community college I developed a financial plan for "The Artful Life Program," a series of art learning classes for 55+ students.

This offering of art classes could be installed in a community recreation center, a church basement, an instructor's house, or wherever people wanting to learn and do art could congregate.

I had to do the financials, figure out what would be needed to teach in a facility and project an income and expense sheet for its operation.

I came a way from the small business class with a good working plan for bringing art to the 55+ community. One of the classes I called "Finding The Artist Within." Based on my experience with teaching older people, the course was constructed to refresh, inspire and develop creative skills through a series of exercises. I made each project simple, fun and provocative and directed towards an end goal of helping the students choose an artful direction in painting, drawing, printmaking, or collage.

Through six lessons, students could develop their imaginative, visualizing and creative skills will working on projects that were fun for the group and not intimidating.

Over the years, I have taught "Finding The Artist Within," in in private classes as well as life-long learning programs. It remains today, one of the most popular class offerings I have!