Susan Sternau Studios

Sausalito, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm very skilled at helping and inspiring students launch themselves as successful artists.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love teaching and sharing my art skills and knowledge about art with students of all ages. I find it very rewarding to help students gain confidence with art and explore their creativity.


Sausalito, CA 94965

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13 Reviews
  • Michael B. Dec 17, 2016
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Highly Recommended!
    Having wanted to learn oil painting for some time, I reached out to Susan for initial guidance. Initially I was a bit shy and nervous, after a few minutes of talking about the basics, Susan made me feel comfortable and I was ready to dive in. I truly enjoyed the first experience. Susan was prepared with basic info. and presented a detailed lists of materials I'd need to move forward. She also had everything laid out when I arrived, so I could begin experimenting and practicing the basic skills. She was patient, well versed and just let the process evolve. I'm looking forward to my next lessons! She also let me skip out on brush washing... just this time she said :)
  • John F. Feb 14, 2016
    Drawing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Susan is an excellent art instructor. I highly recommend her as an art teacher for your child. My daughter loves to paint with her and has taken weekly lessons for 2+ years.
  • Barbara H. Sep 12, 2015
    Came for help in getting rid of major artistic "block". Susan was understanding, supportive, and provided a warm, nurturing and all around positive experience. I look forward to future lessons as soon as my schedule permits.
  • Cathy P. Mar 24, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Christian M. Feb 3, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Susan made oil painting very approachable. She was easy to speak to and provides good knowledge regarding the basic and advanced skill sets one needs for a good oil painting.
  • Betul G. Jan 29, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Susan is a great art instructor with her know-how, patience and excellent teaching techniques. Every lesson for me is not only full of experiences and improvement but also lots of fun for discovering of myself.
  • Rebecca H. Jan 27, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had a wonderful experience with Susan learning the basics of watercolors. She was great to tailor the lessons to exactly what I was looking to get from them and I learned a lot within a few lessons. I actually even came out of it with a fairly decent first painting. Beyond that, very reasonable prices, excellent communication, good schedule flexibility and a lovely cozy studio. Highly recommend!
  • Julia C. Oct 20, 2014
    According to Julia... *You were friendly and patient *She liked your art work *Julia understood your directions *You encouraged her to be creative
  • Fiorella P. Oct 3, 2014
    Susan has been teaching my girls for over two years, my kids absolutely love going to art class. She is amazing, patient, compassion and absolutely talented. My kids arts performing and skills are at a different level because of her guidance.
  • Catherine G. Oct 2, 2014
    Not only is Susan a talented artist, she's a great teacher, too. I took several private classes with her. She was clear in her instruction, thoughtful in feedback and overall very supportive. She gave me a a much needed boost of confidence to pick up the brush again and paint.
  • Nanette Lee M. Oct 4, 2013
    I have been working with Susan as my art teacher and mentor for over 3 years and she has been beyond fantastic. She has the ability to see through her students eye and pallet and help them achieve the success they desire.
  • Bill M. Oct 3, 2013
    I have been her student for a number of years. She is a first rate artist and teacher, and it is a pleasure to work on drawing or painting with her. She is helpful without spoon feeding the student and is blessed with a temperament suited for teaching all ages.
  • Jennifer P. Oct 2, 2013
    Susan is a lovely and kind presence, and a wonderful teacher. She painted with my daughter on weekends at our home and provided a fantastic foundation of skills and ways of seeing upon which my daughter continues to practice her art.


How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always loved painting, but I started teaching when a visitor from Switzerland saw my work in a gallery and requested lessons. It was such a rewarding experience I've continued teaching ever since.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you've always wanted to learn more about painting or drawing, or if you want your children to learn about art, private art lessons are a great choice.