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Leonid Gervits



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 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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GREG FOLLENDER is a working artist and illustrator that earned his 

MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently teaches 

life drawing and dynamic anatomy courses at The Art Students League 

of New York and has instructed drawing, painting, and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for over two decades. 


His passionate pursuit of rendering the human form has taken him from 

the illustrative world of comic books and graphic novels, to character design and

costume fabrication in the industry of film and television. With this

course, Greg returns to the roots of his work…the classical figure drawing

basics that inspire his personal narrative imagery.

Naomi Baumol & Jeremy Day

Naomi Lee Baumol studied art at Swarthmore College, The Art Students League of New York, and Chelsea Classical Studio. She currently teaches drawing at Drexel University.

Jeremy Day studied at Vitruvian Studio in Chicago, The Art Students League of New York, where he earned certificates in painting and printmaking, and he received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

Students in their class, “Line and Mass”, have the unique experience of learning from two instructors with distinct approaches to observational drawing. The goal of the class is for students to gain understanding and confidence in their drawing abilities which they can apply to future artistic endeavors. Beginners are welcome!

Rick Piloco
Robin Smith
Brandon Soloff
Roy Mendl
Ricky Mujica
Frank Porcu
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