Creative Collaboration with Caryn Dahm

Oviedo, FL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I provide custom artwork, painting and drawing classes, and graphic design services. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1997 with a degree in visual communication, I began working as a designer for The Orlando Sentinel. Since that time I have served professionally as an artist, creative consultant and designer for clients both large and small. When creating art, watercolors are my favorite medium. There is just something spectacular about sitting down with that sheet of stiff, white, empty paper and watching it transform into something meaningful. When teaching, I love learning about people's hopes, histories and styles. I enjoy helping people relax and learn skills and techniques that enable them to create art and paint without fear.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

One of the most rewarding aspects of art and design is the oppportunity to design, refine and refresh skills and brands. We'll start by creating a list of words that excite you. We'll discover what you are "for" and what you are "not for." Then we'll work on creating imagery that communicates those words.
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Oviedo, FL 32765

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11 Reviews
  • Tacy C. Mar 17, 2016
    Painting Lessons
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  • Stephanie W. Jan 27, 2016
    Caryn's expertise and guidance has been a vital part of my business. Her feedback, advice, and overall enthusiasm has kept me on track for the past two years.
  • Marcia P. Jan 27, 2016
    Caryn worked with me to create recipe paintings for my mother and mother in law that turned out beautiful. She took photos of the baked items and handwritten recipes and incorporated it all to make very special family gifts. And Caryn is just as nice to work with as she is artistically talented!
  • Michelle S. Jan 20, 2016
    Awesome teacher and very thorough.
  • Susan G. Jan 18, 2016
    Caryn is so creative. Her methods of sharing her talent are warm and friendly and so encouraging. She has a natural gift for teaching.
  • Vicky L. Jan 16, 2016
    This is my first art class I've taken from Caryn; and I absolutely love it! She is an excellent instructor that I've learned so much from! She is so encouraging, helpful and extremely positive with all of her students! I couldn't ask for a better first experience!!
  • Patricia M. Jan 15, 2016
    I have been taking lessons for a year from Caryn and I have learned so much! Caryn is an outstanding artist and she has a gift for teaching us the basics, then building on that to help us reach our potential in being artist's too. Her classes are informative, challenging and fun! Learning from Caryn has added a whole new world of discovering my own creativity!!
  • Sue E. Jan 15, 2016
    I can't imagine a more encouraging, fun and competent teacher! I went into Caryn's class with no art knowledge or experience. I was nervous to try new things but Caryn broke down the steps and inspired confidence so that I could complete the protect and even, at times, surprise myself with the pretty finished result. She makes learning fun and informative!
  • Kay & Mike P. Jan 14, 2016
    We've work with Caryn in a couple of different ways, and we couldn't imagine working with anyone else! Caryn created an amazing logo for our company. We had an initial collaboration meeting, then Caryn delivered several designs for us to choose from. After selecting our favorite, Caryn was able to mold it into a piece that was perfect for our company. We also have a 6th grader who takes an art class with Caryn. As a teacher, she is so patient and encouraging! Our child has not only grown in skill, but has also gained in confidence. The class is definitely the highlight of his week! We love Caryn and her down-to-earth ways. She is so genuine and caring. It has been a true pleasure and privilege to work with her!
  • Jasma S. Jan 13, 2016
    My 10 year old daughter loves her art class with Mrs. Dahm. Caryn presents the watercolor art lesson in an easy to understand manner. My DD has learned and grown so much as an artist under Caryn's instruction and guidance. The art class is very lively and pleasant.
  • Joan K. Jan 12, 2016
    Caryn has been teaching a watercolor class which I have enjoyed & have learned many new & exciting things. An excellent teacher & overall wonderful person.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My art classes cost $15 per group class and $45 an hour for private art lessons. Creative services are bid on a per project bases. I'd be happy to speak with you over the phone, in person or via e-mail to decide if I am a good fit for you.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
If the customer is hiring me for classes, I typically provide an art theory lesson then paint with the student for what time is left and have them finish the piece for homework. If a client is interested in creative services, we meet first and discuss their art needs. Then I will provide a quote based on the amount of hours a project will take.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attended The Ohio State University and studied visual communication under their design department.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always loved art and design and have been blessed to make a career of it. After studying art and design in college I worked professionally from my home for 7 years before deciding to go into business for myself. I've loved every minute of learning about a client or student's needs and helping them navigate the creative process.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types. I've done design work for large companies such as The Orlando Sentinel, Disney and Florida Hospital as well as taught beginners how to paint -- you name the skill set, I've worked with it. My previous students and clients tell me that I make people feel comfortable and at ease.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm currently teaching an 8 week art class based on the idea of gratitude. We've been painting things we are grateful for. The class has all skill levels in it. I also recently completed a logo design for an author. Creating fresh, engaging logo and branding projects are my specialty when it comes to graphic design.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look at the work of the person you are considering hiring. Make sure that their personal style fits the style of art or design that you would like to achieve. I would also consider getting references or reading testimonials and reviews of the person you are hiring.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They should think about what they "are for" I often ask my clients and students to think about what they are for and make a list of those things that they love. This helps creative services people to better understand what their clients are looking for. It is also a good idea to have a budget in mind when considering a class or project. Lastly, I always think it is helpful to consider what you don't like. Providing information on what you don't like is actually really helpful for a creative collaboration process. It helps the artist or designer know what to avoid.