My six year old is absolutely loving her private art lessons with Susan. Susan is a very patient and kind teacher who has made my child feel very comfortable. The rapport between the two of them is really contributing to her creativity. Susan listens to what my child is interested in and provides a very gentle approach to teaching.  I think my child has also become more confident in her skills because Susan guides her in such a way to really encourage her and keep her exploring her way of seeing the world through paint. Susan’s place is very easy to find and she has a lovely, peaceful studio. She’s also always on time and is flexible with payment. I have found the collaboration with this teacher particularly easy. I highly recommend Susan!

Margaret C. / July 2017
Pastel Class at Susan Sternau Studios

I always look forward to art class with Susan… when drawing or painting on my own I can get a bit too concerned about making sure every line and shadow is right.  Susan encourages me to loosen up, dive in and draw/paint and enjoy the experience …

Mindy M. / June 25, 2017

Susan, I had so much fun today, and I feel like I learned a lot!  Thank you for today…it was truly a wonderful experience.

Karen V. / Jan. 31, 2017

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 list 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!

Michael B. / Dec. 17, 2016
John F.

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.

John F. / Feb. 15, 2016
Barbara H.

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.

Barbara H. / Sept. 12, 2015
Chris M.

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.

Chris M. / Feb 3, 2015
Betul G.

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.

Betul G. / January 29, 2015
--Rebecca H.

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!

--Rebecca H. / January 26, 2015
--Fiorella P.

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.

--Fiorella P. / October 3, 2014
--Catherine G.

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 much needed boost of confidence to pick up the brush again and paint.

--Catherine G. / October 2, 2014
Nanette Lee M.

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.

Nanette Lee M.
Bill M.

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.

Bill M. / October 2, 2013
Jennifer P.

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.

Jennifer P. / October 3, 2013
Lynn

I want to thank you for spending four great lessons with the girls. They really enjoyed it. My oldest has been asking me to get her more canvas; I think that inspired her to paint more.

Lynn / Mill Valley
Pamela Morgan

I want to thank you again for the GREAT team activity we had this past Friday. Today in the office the team is still talking and thanking me for a great time and fun activity.

Pamela Morgan / Blue Shield of CA, Corporate Marketing
Sharon Osberg and David Smith

You were WONDERFUL today!! Everyone had a fabulous time, especially Warren Buffett and Bill Gates….. they couldn’t believe they had so much fun doing something they never thought they’d do. Warren made a point of telling David and me how terrific you were and how patient you were, so thought you should know you were very much appreciated.

Sharon Osberg and David Smith / August, 2005
Pat

We had a great time painting with you…our lesson made for a memorable birthday — you made it informative and fun!!

Pat / Mill Valley
Steve & Ellen M.

We love our framed Giclée print, “Monet’s House and Garden”. The excellent reproduction quality was true to the original, bringing the colors to life.

Steve & Ellen M. / Plymouth, MA