Art Class

ABOUT

ME

Passionate About Creating

I've always been interested in art. Since childhood I have identified myself as an artist, and it continues to be my strongest identity.  In college I studied a variety of media, including watercolor, pottery, glass, digital, papermaking, lithography, intaglio, photography, charcoal, and oil paints.  After school, I worked as a graphic designer, but found it creatively limiting, so I continued to study in fine art, working with portrait painter Kevin Murphy. 

In 2016 I opened my first studio space on Long Island where I enjoyed cultivating an educational space for artists to feel safe in exploring and creating with art.  I worked with students of all levels, both children and adults.  In the studio we worked from the ground up, starting with basic rendering and life drawing with charcoal and progressing into finished portrait done with oil paint. 

I am interested in helping you learn and grow with you art.  In my years of teaching at the studio I have seen many students gain access to creating beautiful pieces of work through the skill sets they learned with me. Though the studio doors are now closed, I hope to continue sharing these skills with artists. I know very well the feeling of being blocked by my own abilities.. having a vision of a painting, but not having the skill set to complete that project.  the exercises I share with my students are the same that have granted me access to complete many of these projects. 

Sessions Made For You

Before booking a session, you will be prompted to answer a few questions about yourself as an artist. To get the most out of your session I recommend providing as much information as you can so we can really hit the ground running. Based on the information you provide I will bring a customized lesson plan that we can review on our firs session, this plan will change and grow with you, so that we are always working on something meaningful and moving towards your goals, even as they shift.  With new students I will be working with charcoal, chalk pastels, and oil paint.  We can discuss working with other media. When you book a session you will have the option to use my materials for an extra fee, or you can provide your own.  I will always supply a table top easel, and drawing board.

Even if you are brand new and looking to start a new hobby, we can work together to identify what your creative goals might be. After 4 years running his private studio I have enjoyed working with many new artists to develop new skills from the ground up. From stick figures to painted portraits. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Studio Art  Stony Brook University

Specialties 

  • Portraiture 

  • Oil Painting

  • Life Drawing

Contact

Tel: 516.605.3600

james@artacademyli.com

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