Art With CJ Rider

Mesa, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am able to teach to the students needs and put the student at ease so the creativity can flow!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

When a student is so surprised at what they have accomplished in such a short time!


Mesa, AZ 85212

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15 Reviews
  • Janet S. Apr 27, 2017
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Really enjoyed the company; would like to see more "lessons"
  • Diane M. Dec 8, 2016
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great Art Instructor!
    Really enjoyed her class today - so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and what a great group of students, too, so a really enjoyable and fun painting experience! Exactly what I was looking for!!
  • Noreen G. Dec 6, 2016
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    My first day at class with CJ!
    I truly enjoyed my afternoon with CJ! She was very helpful with her instruction and also very gracious with sharing of her supplies! I look forward to spending more class time with her and her other students!
  • Patti D. May 4, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    A very knowledgeable art teacher. I've learned a lot in just two weeks. I will continue her classes.
  • Christina K. Apr 12, 2015
    We had a huge family painting party at our home which was to be in our back yard. Unfortunately it rained and we had to move it into our garage. It was so enjoyable and CJ and her husband tolerated all of us crazy family. Gave great instruction when people would listen. Everyone was just having a good time and such a great memory!
  • Ronnie B. Jun 8, 2014
    Drawing Lessons
    Verified Review
    CJ Rider, showed me how to use different blending tools,pencil strokes, and shading. I was really impressed with the knowledge that CJ Rider has for the art of drawing, she explained and showed me how to measure the face, eyes, and blending. She was on time and went above and beyond to show me what I needed to know about drawing.
  • Olivia M. Jul 24, 2013
    CJ was very helpful in assisting my daughter with her college portfolio. She was very knowledgable about different products and techniques my daughter could use for her art pieces. CJ was always calm, encouraging, and very flexible working with my daughter's style of drawing. Arranging lessons was very efficient, and CJ was always willing to extend the lesson time if needed. I would highly recommend CJ.
  • Kristine D. Jun 30, 2013
    Recently, I purchased private watercolor lessons for my niece’s 11th birthday from CJ. All of my correspondence with CJ before and after was always prompt and courteous. CJ even geared the lesson toward my niece’s interests and abilities. We held the lesson at my niece’s house. CJ arrived on time and was prepared with everything we needed. She was even flexible enough to stay an extra hour since the lesson was going so splendidly. My niece’s inherit interest and natural talent really flourished with CJ’s instruction and examples. I would highly recommend CJ and look forward to future private lessons with her myself.
  • Shirlee U. Jun 28, 2013
    "CJ is the tutor extraordinnaire! Her classes are reasonably priced, she is skilled in multiple mediums, and she offers valuable instruction to both the novice and the experienced artist. "
  • Johnson M. Jun 26, 2013
    nice and fine
  • Marcia C. Jun 26, 2013
  • Keld Kofoed H. Jun 26, 2013
  • Sherry S. Jun 25, 2013
    Ms. Rider is always professional, helpful and informative. She encourages your artistic endeavors which leads to confidence and enthusiasm. You just can't wait to get back to class and see what you'll learn and accomplish next!
  • Jem M. Jun 25, 2013
  • Cheryl M. Jun 25, 2013


What types of customers have you worked with?
Commission work, Private and group instruction and workshops. I teach painting in oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor,Encaustic, oil and more - any subject. I offer adult (18+ unless special arrangements have been made) group art classes for any level - your medium and topic. I will help you create your painting of choice. You will learn many tips and techniques to suit your painting/drawing needs. I teach drawing as well as painting in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, mixed, etc. at Arizona Art Supply, Tempe, Arizona. My current weekly group class is held on Thursdays for three hours, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Arizona Art Supply in Tempe. You bring in image and products; I will guide you in creating your painting. My students receive 20% discount on non-sale products at Arizona Art Supply in Tempe on the day of class. Sign up today! My 3-hour class is $30.00 per student *Email me about private lessons- $45.00 per hour minimum 2 hours - date: TBD.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Question: Am I going to fit in? Answer: You can feel comfortable in knowing that my classes and workshops are beginner friendly as well as for the advanced artist. Always ask questions concerning type of service desired vs types of services offered. Be specific! If you want to learn watercolor, then you do not want to be confused with acrylic painting information. Find a provider that puts effort into their online presence. Go to the location of the class and ask around about the instructor, see if they are respected and well liked at the location of their profession. ie where they teach classes.