World renowned painter and art professor Leonid Gervits will teach students of all levels portraiture and composition in a beautiful naturally north lit studio. Students will learn how to trust their eye and hone their craft to capture unique personality of any subject.


Whether you are at the very beginning of your art career or a seasoned veteran of the brush everyone is welcome to join sessions. Every student will receive personalized attention and instruction tailored to their specific level and needs.




Using a direct painting approach, the class will concentrate on capturing the movement and energetic form of the figure, the unique character and expression of the portrait, and the qualities of light and color emphasizing warm/cool temperature changes. Starting from a simple large abstract block-in, which allows the freedom to think about and change your drawing, color, value and edge handling early on will be encouraged. There will be regular one on one instruction and critique. Roy will paint along with the class developing paintings of his own for demonstration purposes.




Ricardo Jose Mujica was born and raised in New York City and is currently living and working in Montclair. He studied art at the High School of Art and Design under Max Ginsburg and Irwin Greenberg, Parsons in Paris under Keith Long, and at Parsons School of Design /New School for Social Research under Kes Zapkus, Stuart Diamond, and Randall Enos, where he won a full Presidential Scholarship. Ricardo Jose Mujica is an acclaimed, multidimensional painter with many awards to his credit and paintings in collections all over the world. He currently teaches at the Art Students League of NY and at Chelsea Art Studios. He is a Signature Status Member of the Portrait Society of America and has been designated as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center (ARC).




Working from the live model, students will learn to work in a direct alla-prima approach where they will aim for good draftsmanship, values and color.  This is a fundamental skill in painting, and learning to mix colors in the right value and placing them correctly in the composition takes much practice. There will be constant demonstrations as well as critiques. Students of all levels are welcome.


Frank Porcu

Frank L. Porcu is a sculptor, anatomist, and painter who earned a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. Mr. Porcu has devoted the last seventeen years to the study of the human form, based on the truth of human and quadrupedal dissection. His research in the theories of “anatomical form-making” and its historical usages has provided him with a platform to teach to artists and physicians a “lost philosophy” dealing with the scientific construction of form. He has currently truncated his teaching schedule to take on studio practice for public and private sculpture commissions.

The anatomy text he is authoring is in manuscript form, and is being updated weekly due to the great lessons and explanations demanded of him by his ambitious students.

Mr. Porcu teaches drawing at Chelsea Classical Studio School of Art, anatomy and sculpture at the Art Students League of New York, and he also lectures on stereoscopic anatomy at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.




Robin Smith will guide students in a 3 dimensional, structural approach to painting and drawing the live model. Working individually with each student, the instructor will help them learn how to trust their eyes and train their hands to capture the unique essentials of each model through color, shape, line and composition while working in a painterly, tactile manner. Poses will generally last 4 weeks and vary between clothed and nude. The class is open to all levels. 




Drawing has been the foundation of art for many centuries, and the incredibly diverse and varied approaches continue to inspire much interest from students today. This course will introduce students to the basics of drawing and composition through a series of exercises meant to serve as a foundation based on the human figure. Students of all levels will benefit from this class, which aims to find weaknesses in peoples’ skills and approaches, and then work on strengthening them.

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Megan K. Euell

Megan K. Euell is a classically trained representational painter. Euell studied at a fine art atelier throughout high school (Long Island Academy of Fine Art, then in Riverhead) before attending Savannah College of Art and Design. She graduated from SCAD Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in 2010. She then received a three-year intensive classical fine art training in Florence Italy, at the Florence Academy of Art under Daniel Graves. Euell teaches privately, as well as running yearly workshops in plein air painting in Eastern Long Island. She is  a proud member of The Salmagundi Club of NYC, where she has won numerous awards, and is also a member of The Portrait Society of America. Her work can be found in private and permanent collections throughout the US and Europe. When she is not painting plein air, Euell creates work in her studio space in Brooklyn.