Artist Cristina Acosta Teaches Students How to Paint Happy

Paint Happy by Cristina Acosta
Paint Happy, art instructional how to paint book by artist Cristina Acosta, ©2002, 2004, North Light Books

More than technique, more than practice Cristina tries to remind beginners that being

creative involves a mind-set. “It’s about being generous with yourself and putting yourself in alignment with the largest creative energy in the world. It is amazing, but that energy will flow right through you.” 

Cristina Acosta, quoted in Paint Decor Magazine, Winter 2004

Painting encourages creativity and intuition
Painting encourages creativity and intuition

I began teaching at an early age, teaching skiing and swimming at the local mountain resort in Southern California when I was a teenager. As I grew in my artistry, I taught a variety of art classes and workshops, including a five year stint teaching drawing and painting classes at Central Oregon Community College, in Bend, Oregon.

Currently I look at my articles and books as the main method with which I continue to teach. Occasionally, I will teach a week-long workshop. I usually base the curriculum on my book Paint Happy! , though I have taught

Sidewalk Chalk Kids Art Class by Cristina Acosta
Art Festival chalk art for kids event led by Cristina

some workshops introducing students to the Hispanic art of the Ex-Voto Retablo — a form of art used to express gratitude.
I also enjoy giving presentations to organizations. In the past I’ve taught sessions at Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington State and for various arts organizations .

  • You are welcome to contact me regarding teaching for your organization.
  • If you are not representing an organization and would like me to teach you over the phone and internet, we can set up a plan and the price.