Welcome to
DeRaud Art School

This is your place to sign up for Art Lessons, Paint Parties, and explore all we have to offer.

About Us

Artists & Instructors: Mark & Wendy DeRaud, Sandy Derksen

Mark DeRaud has been a professional artist in Fresno since 1992, and spent a year as an art instructor at Fresno Pacific University. Self-taught, beginning as a child prodigy in Germany at the age of 14, Mark has produced a large body of work from Michelangelo-style gallery art to commissioned paintings to massive murals. Most well-known for his liturgical art, Mark's work can be seen at  Holy Spirit Church where his Stations of the Cross and altar piece stand over 14 feet tall and 100 ft long. In addition, Mark did the humorous murals at Me 'n Ed's Pizzerias, tropical murals at Irene's Cafe', St. John's Cathedral Narthex, and a mural at Boy's and Girl's Club. Mark specializes in oil painting and the old masters technique in the style of Peter Paul Rubens, and opaque watercolor.

Wendy DeRaud has a multiple-subject teaching credential and has taught primary grades, reading intervention, and high school art. An avid artist all her life, Wendy specializes in figure drawing and portraiture and loves teaching, inspiring and encouraging others to engage in their creative gifts, 

For more information about Mark & Wendy, visit their website at www.markderaudartist.com

Sandy Derksen, owner of Color Me Mine for 14 years, is passionate about teaching art to children and has been working with children throughout her life. She ran a Montessori School, and has been certified as a Monart Drawing instructor. 

Art Classes for People of All Ages

  • Learn to see by learning to draw
  • Learn to Paint like the Old Masters
  • Explore a variety of medium

Art Lessons are Life Lessons

Art-making is relaxing, fun and rewarding. We love helping people discover and develop their creative side, and become successful at expressing themselves by making something beautiful  through all kinds of artistic mediums and techniques. Now is the time to begin your next artistic adventure with us!

What We Offer

Art Classes

Art classes are open to children and adults in our community, during the day and early evening. We are currently vendors for Inspire Charter School, Summit Academy, and welcome homeschool students and anyone else interested in learning from us. 

Paint Parties

Paint Parties are are a fun way to get your creativity on in just 2 hours, and come up with a beautiful painting. There's no experience necessary, and we make it easy for beginners to try painting because our image is already on the canvas and all you have to do is paint.  This is a fun night out for a group of friends or family members. $35/person, Supplies are included. 

Paint Parties are best when they are put together by a group of friends or students. Contact us to make a reservation. 

Art 'n Soul Events

Monthly gatherings of artists

Fall Kickoff Event:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

7:30 pm 

Documentary, Faith in Imagination, "Fantasy Makers", 


Contact us for more information

Mentoring Through Integrated Arts Instruction

We believe that the arts are beneficial for healing and transformation as well as being used for de-stressing and relaxation. Contact us if you'd be interested in putting on a paint party or art class for your group of friends, for your recovery or therapy group. 

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

DeRaud Art School