Kids Classes

Leah Jay Artworks:  Individual art lessons at your home or at my studio, for kids ages 10 -17, $70 per session*
1684 Zinnia Ln  San Jose, CA 95124  (408) 476-8630
Hours: Mon-Sat  9 am – 5 pm

*Also teaching Girl Scout Troops earning the Drawing badge, see pricing below. South Bay only please.


One on One Lessons

Private art instruction for kids ages 10-17 at your home. Weekdays, after school, $70 per session.  (either 3:30 – 4:30, or 4:00 – 5:00 are typical.) Weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly sessions to fit your budget.  San Jose area only, will travel as far south as Morgan Hill, as far north as Milpitas, and as far west as Cupertino/Saratoga.

I build a custom curriculum around skill improvement through basic drawing, design principles, and the gradual discovery of style, just for your child. Classical drawing techniques are emphasized, but watercolors, pens, acrylic paints and other materials may be used according to the progress and preferences of the student.  I love working with kids who have a special interest in art.  I believe in every child’s ability to expand their artistic awareness and enjoy the process.


Girl Scouts

To help girl scouts earn the Junior level drawing and painting badge, I’ve composed a curriculum toward that end complete with handouts and materials, specifically aimed at introducing the 4th through 6th grader to key art concepts: how to shade a gradient, perceive differences in value, draw a sphere in three dimensions, understand light source,  observe and portray “real life” objects, draw objects in single-point perspective, experiment in watercolor as well as charcoal and graphite, and finally how to crop, mat, and sign a finished work ready for displaying in a troop art show.  An average sized troop with no additional requirements can expect to pay ~$350 for three 1 hour sessions at your location which includes art supplies including a sketchbook for each girl to encourage further drawing, well after the badges have been awarded.  Please email me with any questions!

after just three sessions, the girls proudly displayed their work

after just three sessions, the girls proudly displayed their work



Established in 2010.

I’m a working, published artist and have been creating art for 25 years.  Because I have a daughter in school I became involved in the school’s volunteer art program, and have met other parents who have asked me if I’d teach.  Of course, I said “yes”…  Now, teaching is the best part of my week…I love it!


Student Gallery



from L. – student’s mom

“I sent my daughter and my son to Leah Jay’s class for more than one year. Both of them love her classes very  much!  They really learn a lot from her.

She is an excellent art teacher, providing a good structured art curriculum; very prepared lesson plans. She inspires kid’s imagination, encourages them to try new media, and supports them when they are afraid of making mistakes.”

from T.  – student’s dad

“My twelve year old daughter has been taking private art lessons with Leah Jay for the last seven months and she has been making very good progress. Leah started her with pencil sketches, then transitioned to mixing acrylics; first in monochrome and recently with color.

This was the first time for my daughter to take private art lessons. Although she had shown talent and interest in art for sometime, she was reluctant to work with a private teacher for fear that the teacher might force a style on her. All those concerns dissipated on the first lesson with Leah. On their first meeting, Leah and my daughter discussed what my daughter’s interest were and reviewed her earlier drawings. My daughter likes to draw horses, birds and other animals, so they started from there by improving on those drawings and focusing on individual details.

My daughter has one hour lesson per week. After each lesson, Leah emails us a detailed report of what they had accomplished that week and if there were any homework. Usually there is a light homework between lessons.

Overall, my daughter enjoys greatly the art lessons and working with Leah. We too are pleased with Leah’s teaching ability and professionalism and we highly recommend her as an art teacher to anyone who is interested in art and would like to improve their skills.”

from M.  – student’s mom

“My 15 year old daughter took art classes from Leah and loved them.  Leah is full of energy and worked with my daughter in the areas that interested her.  Leah’s experience and talent is amazing.  She truly enjoys art and it shows.  Leah was flexible and able to meet our scheduling needs.  I recommend Leah for anyone who is interested in doing art. “


If you’d like to know more, please comment below, email me at or call me at 408-476-8630.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about what/how I teach and how I can help your child learn and grow through art.  You can also contact me to arrange a free introductory meeting at your home.

2 thoughts on “Kids Classes

  1. I have a girl scout troop of 4th graders. We would be interested in earning our drawing patch with your three sessions. My troop is 12 girls, can you do that?
    We meet at Graystone elementary on Friday’s from 3-4:15.

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