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College Portfolio Preparation (Saturday)


with Anna Neis

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2022 at 10:30 am
1 additional session on Sep 17, 2022

Ages: 15-18 (High School Students)


Our college portfolio preparation course is designed to help students build a well-rounded body of work that has its base in technical skills. We focus on teaching strong drawing and painting skills while encouraging students to place themselves creatively in their work to produce a unique portfolio.

Whether your child plans to attend an art school or hopes to supplement their college application by showing their passion, this program has you covered.

Our students have attended ivy league schools, schools of architecture, and some of the most prestigious art colleges both in the United States and abroad.

These institutions include but are not limited to the following:

Art Schools in the US: Rhode Island School of Art & Design, The New School's Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art, Ringling College of Art & Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Schools with Art Programs: Cornell University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Syracuse University, WU St. Louis, Rutgers

International Art Schools: Concordia University, Parsons PARIS

Students create both works from observation in addition to creative pieces from imagination. Rigorous training ensures our student's breadth of knowledge in classical forms and art history is vast.

Having a base of training in Academic realism allows students to use their creativity through a well-informed lens. We want our students to be able to go to college feeling prepared for the journey ahead, ready to complete any project thrown at them their first year.

We also provide college seminars to familiarize students with their application options.

This program is for students who want to learn classical art, advance their skills during the application process and prepare themselves for the rigorous College experience.

We are here as professional instructors, guiding the student through successes and failures in their work. However, it is up to the student to prioritize their portfolio and other prep they are doing to prepare for college. 

Iliya Mirochnik: Online Digital Portrait Painting Master Class


with Iliya Mirochnik

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 5, 2023 at 6 pm

Join master draftsman, painter and digital artist Iliya Mirochnik for a 4 week long digital portrait painting master class!

Students will learn to merge the constructive drawing and painting techniques of classical academies with contemporary experimental brushwork, textures and color to create dynamic portraits.

You will watch him demonstrate and will have the opportunity to ask questions, and sit in on all critiques.

Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with his family. From a young age, Iliya pursued training in the arts in the Russian academic tradition. He studied at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Art and at the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York under the tutelage of professors trained in the art academies of the former Soviet Union. Iliya studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the prestigious I.E., Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, from which he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting.Iliya has been a professor at some of the most prestigious art schools and academies in the country including the Ringling College of Art and Design.

APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 20, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

TUITION: $475 (full amount due on registration)

Portrait Painting Workshop


with Anna Neis

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 10, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

This intensive workshop is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grasp of the structure, resemblance, and essence of the sitter. We focus on the anatomical proportions, volume, and scale of the subject. Students will use chiaroscuro, sfumato, and other light modeling techniques.

Students will work from the live model.

Figure Drawing Intensive


with Anna Neis

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 13, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

In this 4-session course, students will be introduced to figure/ground relationships, gesture, composition, value scales, and the fundamentals of perspective.

Students will learn a tactile approach to drawing that provides students with the tools to build strong perceptual and analytical skills.

Each session will be composed of "quick" poses meant to enforce a relational understanding of the human figure, followed by longer poses or anatomical study.

JULY 6-27

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $500

Plein Air/Indoor Landscape Painting


with Anna Neis

In this course, students become familiar with classical landscape. The aesthetic ideals of historic landscape help contemporary artists build their understanding of composition, atmosphere, and value. 

Students will experiment with all prima painting and underpainting techniques.

Depending on the weather, this course will be held indoors or outdoors.

Tuesdays July 11 - Aug 1

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

TUITION: $500.00

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