3421 Tripp Court, San Diego, California 92121, United States


Art Lessons in San Diego


About Us


Founded in 2015 by Elissa Lieberman, The San Diego Art Loft is proud to provide a great studio space offering lessons in observational drawing, figure drawing, and painting for teens through adults with a deep interest in art. The classes are at times rigorous but the supportive atmosphere encourages a comfortable and unique learning experience.

Academic and classical drawing skills are the focus of the curriculum. Painting lessons further enrich the experience. 

An emphasis on skill is balanced by exercises geared toward personal development. 

Many drawing drills and exercises require deep focus and concentration for an additional exercise in mindfulness.

Develop an appreciation and reverence for the arts while opening up to a new way of seeing. 

  Drawing and painting skills can be learned. It requires great teachers guiding us to see in new ways. The process of learning these skills requires student and instructors be present and mindful. Art classes and lessons are the best way to begin to learn. Owner Elissa Lieberman, proposes observational drawing as a perfect exercise in mindfulness. Whereas many schools offer "how to"  techniques to make a perfect picture, Elissa approaches the class as a journey to discover the many  lenses through which to view the reality of things. Sharpening observational skills and working through creative obstacles is a practice that should be available to everybody and Elissa is dedicated to offering art lessons in San Diego to support, coach, and guide your journey as an artist. 



Elissa Lieberman, MFA-Founder

Elissa Lieberman earned a Master of Fine Art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has taught at the Delaware College of Art and Design, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Mesa College, Southwestern College,UCSD Extension, the La Jolla Athenaeum, and the San Diego Art Department. Elissa managed the art school at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2007-2008. She opened the San Diego Art Loft in 2015 to create a community of people who are interested in studying and practicing fine art.  

The San Diego Art Loft offers small classes in painting and drawing. With hundreds of course plans in her 18 year career, Elissa is able to teach small classes in a way that is organic and responsive to the needs of individual students. Classes in painting and drawing are offered for youth 

(12-18) and adult 18+ however, some classes can accommodate both.

Classes typically run for 8 consecutive weeks in order to offer students the highest quality learning experience. 

Elissa maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited nationwide.

Is it a good fit?

Before registering, please agree to the following conditions.


The Art Loft is a teaching studio offering classical drawing and painting lessons. 

We teach observational drawing skills and perspectives. These courses include college level projects and assignments that are adaptable to younger students with an eagerness to learn.

Therefore, students must be at least 15 or a very mature 12+ to begin lessons at this time. 

Students are asked to listen and follow directions and be focused for long periods of time.

Students must be comfortable communicating with instructors and peers. 

People with attention difficulties or students with conditions with a medical or learning difference  must contact studio prior to enrolling. The Art Loft has the right to refuse students if it seems they may not be a good fit. 

We are not qualified to instruct students who can not be fully attentive, responsive, and developmentally mature. it is simply not a good match.

Please expect intensive drawing exercises. 

Please to not force your student to take classes. They must be eager to participate.

Note the studio is taught by professional artists, not school teachers. Discipline is not a part of the teaching methodology.

Students seeking entertainment or recreation may find the classes too rigorous.

No drop in classes are offered at this time.

Enrolled students are expected to attend every session. Missed sessions may not be made up unless special circumstances are discussed. 

A 24 hour email notice is appreciated in the case of absence.

The studio reserves the right to change the schedule or cancel the class if minimum enrollment is not met.

Exercise caution, it is a working studio. Keep closed toe shoes on and be mindful of equipment and furniture when navigating the work space. It is not a safe space for young children, or pets.

Classes may be cancelled if instructor is ill. Either a substitute will be present or an email will go out to students. Please check your inbox the day of class.

Supply lists are available. Most supplies are provided for the Saturday youth drawing class.

Please arrive on time to class.

By registering for classes at the Art Loft, I agree to the terms and conditions.

The student has no known special needs that must be discussed prior to enrolling.

Student is excited to learn life changing art skills.


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San Diego Art Loft

3421 Tripp Court, San Diego, California 92121, United States