Kerilynn Wilson is a working artist local to Portland, Oregon who specializes in illustration and picture books. After formal training at Master School of Art, she went on to graduate Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in art. Her work has been shown in the LaVerne Krause Gallery in Eugene, OR and at ColdFire Brewing Co. When she is not drawing or creating stories, she is probably hiking with her best friend who is coincidentally her husband Daniel, going on long runs or adding weird beetles to her growing insect collection. You can find more of her work here on this website or instagram.




My goal is to help you grow and master the necessary skills to put your vision on paper and to cultivate a love and appreciation for art both past and present. All ages and skill levels are welcomed and encouraged in a private lesson setting whether for curiosity and personal growth, or for a pursuit of your passion.  


Course Details


I have set up two year-long curriculum: one for painting and one for drawing. Both contain lessons, homework, take-home materials and final projects; all of which are catered to each student's skill level, interests, and goals.

I believe it is important to study past and present artists, so when we introduce a new skill, I put together take home materials of noteworthy artists for further study.


A General List of Skills we focus on





Negative space


Figure/ Anatomy

Alternative materials



 Color theory


Dry brush

Mixing colors




$30 an hour - 1-2 students

$40 an hour - 3-4 students

$50 an hour - 5 students


For those who are local, I will meet you at your home for lessons. If you are not local but still interested, please contact me for other options.

If you have a large group interested in a class or a painting night party, please contact me with details and I will contact you about rates for large groups.



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Drawing (feel free to purchase these yourselves or contact me for a starter kit.)


  • Paper - for quick sketches and studies regular 8.5” x11” printer paper is just fine however for larger projects and studies Canson/ Strathmore watercolor paper or bristol board is excellent.

  • Pencils - The two main pencils we use are HB and a 6B or Ebony Pencil.

  • Sketchbook  - I recommend the black Artist Loft $5 sketchbook

  • Pencil Sharpener


Painting (feel free to purchase these yourselves or contact me for a starter kit.)


  • Canvases  - Canvas board or wrapped canvases are great preferable sizes are  - (11"x 14"), (16"x 20")

  • Paints - Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Mars Black, Titanium White. I highly recommend the affordable brand Academy or Winsor Newton which are generally found in the “level 2” sections at art stores. Of course you are welcome to invest in pricier brands such as Golden and the like. A word of caution: Artist Loft, Basics, and the brand “Acrylic” are all brands to avoid.

  • Sketchbook - I recommend the black Artist Loft $5 sketchbook

  • Brushes - an assortment of round brushes and square brushes. You can always invest in pricier brushes but I tend to go through brushes very quickly and I have found some that work very well for me. Opinions on brushes are wide and varied so feel free to start with a cheaper set and change as you figure out what works for you. I also recommend the cheaper brand for kids as they are easier to replace in case of accidents. I use and recommend this pack from artist loft.

  • A large jar for water

  • Paper towels

  • Paper plates or tinfoil


Cancellation policy


Payment schedule - once a month

Please notify me 24 hours in advance of cancellation and/or rescheduling as there are no refunds of cancelled lessons.


A Note on figure drawing

While it is important to understand the mechanics and movements of the body in order to draw accurately, I will not introduce nude art or references into the lessons, homework, or artists of interest. If you have questions about this please contact me.