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 post a monthly class schedule here and look forward to being your art instructor!

Classes are ongoing. That means you can sign up at anytime and there will probably be a space for you! You can also 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. Sign up now by filling out the form below. Please request a supply list when you sign up!

And thank you for your interest in my Sun Room Studio Wilmington Art Classes!

Monday Morning Nature Sketching Workshop

10 – 1:00 - $30.00

Explore pencil sketching trees, plants and flowers.  Beginners Welcome! All materials supplied

Monday Afternoon Coastal Water Color Workshop

2 – 5 - $30.00

Paint  fish, turtles and other sea creatures with water colors.  Beginners welcome!  All materials supplied.

Tuesday Morning  Meditative Drawing Workshop

10 – 1:00 - $30.00

Draw using traditional mindful methods with pencil and pen and ink.   Beginners welcome!  All materials supplied

Tuesday Afternoon Coastal Water Color Workshop

2 – 5 - $30.00

Paint  fish, turtles and other sea creatures with water colors. Beginners welcome!   All materials supplied.

Wednesday Evening Wine Glass Painting Workshop

5 - 7 - $30.00

Paint a wine glass with a coastal, seasonal or personal theme. Groups of up to six people.  All materials supplied plus a complimentary glass of wine.

Thursday Evening Wine Glass Painting Workshop

5 -7  $30.00

Paint a wine glass with a coastal, seasonal or personal theme. Groups of up to six people.  All materials supplied plus a complimentary glass of wine.

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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!