Deron Cohen

Deron Cohen
San Diego, CA
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Media Arts
After School Program, Assisted Living, Community Center, K-12 Schools
Deron Cohen, a San Diego native, has shown his paintings extensively throughout San Diego. Most recently, he has been painting live and showing his work at festivals like “Lightning In A Bottle”, and “Boogaloo Mountain Jam”. He has also recently shown his work in galleries like Project X Gallery, The Museum of the Living Artist, The San Diego Art Department, Sanctuary Gallery, Limbo Fine Arts, and Sushi Gallery. Deron has just started to show in other cities, most recently at the Rialto Theater in Corpus Christi, Texas and The Nico Gallery in Seattle, Washington. You can see his work online at Along with his painting career, Deron has created magazine illustrations, done graphic design work, and taught others how to express themselves creatively through art. He has been creating curricula for children’s art programs and teaching them most recently through non-profit organization Art Reach, Temple Beth Am's Sabra after school program, and through home school groups. Deron also has been teaching adults how to paint at the San Diego Art Department for the past 10 years and, in the past four years, with Painting & Vino. This past year, Deron has been teaching one-on-one webcam classes online and in person as well as creating and teaching his own workshops on a monthly basis. Deron received a Bachelor in Fine Art from UCLA in 1994.
Through my decade of teaching painting, I have honed a teaching style that encourages students to balance creativity and imagination with technique and skill. I strive to help students discover a process in which they are able to express themselves creatively while also teaching paint application techniques, color theory and the Elements and Principles of design. I have taught all ages and frequently have older students in my classes. For about a year I was teaching developmentally challenged adults from the Sophie Center at SDAD, and most of them were older students as well. When dealing with any age, I believe students should be encouraged and supported rather than judged and critiqued. Students that are enjoying themselves when they paint will improve faster, so I try to cultivate a supportive, friendly and creative environment. Students are encouraged to look at each others’ work and give praise. I try to build a community in every class I teach.