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Online (PST), in Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco

2 hours weekly, online: $150 monthly  in-studio:  $170 monthly 

High-quality art materials are included in the in-studio price. Sibling 15% off)

Art of XX Century is a program recommended to students that have have mastered art fundamentals basics (i e can freely draw humans, animals, landscapes, and vehicles alike, from real life and imagination).

Students study various aspects of aesthetics and more advanced techniques, learn to deliver artistic messages through the composition and artistic language of the work, while studying the styles and artistic movements of the XX century.

Each lesson covers an important art concept, needed for fluent representational drawing and painting. It is combined with an intro to a cultural phenomenon: a style, and epoch, or a single artist. Students get to create their original artworks from scratch within the guidelines of the topic. Each topic can be adjusted to a variety of levels, from beginners to advanced. 

Art teaching is an interactive process. We start a lesson with a short lecture and demonstration (live at studios, pre-recorded for online lessons). Teachers provide advice, help, correct the digital image of a student's work, explain what works in particular cases and what does not, and why.

This year, we are allowed to open in-studio classes with a reduced number of students, and in stable groups. To reduce the in-person contacts,  we can not mix students between the groups, neither can we offer one-time trials in person. Therefore trial classes and make-ups are available online only. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sample instructional video:

Our curriculum covers all major art concepts, such as drawing humans, animals, portraits, landscapes; working with watercolor, acrylics, pastels, pencils, and clay. Some of our instructional videos can be found on youtube for free, available for public use. However, we believe that comprehensive artistic development is impossible without teacher's custom guidance and feedback.

Sample galleries of students' works (click on the links to see the pictures):

Impressionism (understanding the aerial perspective, brushstroke techniques, making a master copy)​

Surrealism (creating a composition ispired by surreealist artists) 

Fan Art (Painting a favorite character, learning to draw figures and faces alike)

Painting Birds (understanding birds' anatomy and proportions).

Painting Flowers (learning to obtain the desired color by mixing, representing a variety of shapes)

Fall-Winter curriculum:


Recommended to students of 3d - 6th year of art instruction.

September 1 - September 5, 2021.

Cezanne painting of fruits and folds. Obtaining a desired color by mixing. 


Week of September 6-12, 2021.

Escher: drawing objects in 3D, creating a paradox.


Week of September 13-19, 2021

Degas: Drawing a ballet dancer. Pastels. Human figure in motion, expressive composition.


Weeks of September 20-26, 2021 & September 27 - October 3, 2021.

Frida Khallo: Painting a surrealist self-portrait. 2 sessions. Material of a choice.


Weeks of October 4-9, 2021 & October 11-17, 2021.

Marie Cassat. Painting a family scene. Acrylic paint (2 sessions).


Weeks of October 18-24, 2021 & October 25-31, 2021.

Art Deco: Making a poster for a scary movie.


Week of November 1 - 7, 2021. 

Drawing an Airplane. 


Week of November 8-14, 2021.

Art of the Revolution. Making an artwork that conveys a strong emotional message. Material of a choice.


Week of November 29 - December 5, 2021.

The architecture of Art Nouveau. Sculpting a medallion from the Art Nouveau building.


Week of December 6 - 12, 2021 & Week of December 13-19, 2021.

Grandma Moses: painting a multi-figured scene of a student’s life (school, sports, vacation) (2 sessions).

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Fall-Winter


- set of acrylic paint (at least these colors - black, white. red. blue. yellow, green. brown, orange, purple). Recommended brand - Basics by Liquitex 
- watercolor paint, preferably in dry pans form. Recommended brand - Artist’s Loft by Michaels
Set of soft pastels. Recommended brand - Artist’s Loft by Michaels 

Drawing Medium:
- regular HB pencil
- eraser
- optional: set of graphite pencils of different softness (2H, H, B, 2B, 4B etc)
- colored pencils. Recommended brand - Prismacolor 
- optional: markers. Recommended brand - Copics 
- liners or sharpie pens. 

- brushes - flat and round (pointy). Use separate brushes for acrylic and watercolor paint.
- wooden clay sculpting tools
- paper plates for mixing paint
- water bucket or cup
- scissors 
- glue stick

- Air-dry clay - white. Recommended brand - Crayola 
- Oven baked clay - white. Recommended brand - Sculpey 
- Modeling clay - multiple colors. Recommended brand - Claytoon 

- painting boards or mixed media paper, 8’’x10'’ or bigger - good for acrylic paint, coloring pencils, markers and graphite pencils.
- canvases, 8’’x10’’ or bigger - for acrylic paint only
- watercolor paper, 8’’x10’’ or bigger - for watercolor paint
- sketchbook or loose sketch paper (printing paper is ok) - any size
- construction paper (multiple colors), 11’’x14’’ or bigger

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