Prima Materia Institute

Prima Materia Institute

5.0 (2)
2 hires on
4 employees
13 years in business

About this pro

At Prima Materia Institute, we've hacked creativity. Our secret to accelerated training and astonishing results is our method of teaching, using the Right Brain. We have transformed those who thought they could never draw into amazing artists, and taken artists from their current level to where they want to be but didn't know how to get there or didn't know if it was possible for them. 

Drawing and painting as a unique artist is possible! I'll show you how.

I love to help people "get it." It is so rewarding to guide artists, beginners or advanced, to their aspirations. I facilitate artists in their unique style, without pushing my opinions or preferences onto them. I love to draw and paint myself, so whenever my students want to try new mediums or techniques, I'm always an advocate. My philosophy is "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

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San Diego, CA 92110
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2 Reviews


  • Lisa Bonora

    We had a really great teacher, Nikusha. She got to know Nick and his interests and created a lesson plan based on that. Nick was encouraged by her, enjoyed his time and improved in his artistic abilities. Thanks!!

  • Katia Hiliopoulos

    Very nice, knowledgeable and works great with kids.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

While we are an open enrollment institution, we see the best results when someone new to our studio starts with our proprietary workshops.

One of the workshops is our Foundation Drawing Workshop where in just one 3-hours, you will learn how to see artistically so that drawing makes sense and is no longer difficult. You'll create a realistic drawing that will surprise and delight you, giving you a taste of your artistic potential.

The second is our Prima Materia Painting Workshop. In just 6 hours, you'll create 10 paintings. You'll be guided by one of our trained instructors through subjects of all kinds. From abstract to portraits, still lifes to landscapes and much more. All art materials are provided, as well as light refreshments.

In any of our classes, you are taught how to draw and paint like YOU. You'll learn tools and techniques that you can apply outside of the studio. Many of our students become professional artists and begin selling and exhibiting their works. This is our hope for all of our students - that you'll take what you've learned and create something new and interesting with it.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

We effectively deliver our unique curriculum based on the mentorship programs of the European Old Masters combined with the latest understanding of how the human brain learns new skills. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Prima Materia Painting Workshop - $297

Drawing Foundation Workshop - $97

Individual Art Classes - $70

4 Class Monthly Membership - $197

8 Class Monthly Membership - $297

All Access Monthly Membership - $397

We give new students from 15% off their first workshop, class, or membership. 

What types of students have you worked with?

We've worked with all kinds of students. From beginners to advanced, teenagers to mature adults, drawers to painters. 

Our studio does not teach just one technique or medium. We believe in order to become a true artist, you must experiment with pencils, charcoals, acrylic, tempera, oils, clay, etc. That's why every month, we have projects that rotate so you'll constantly have something new to explore.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Hire a teacher that you respect, both as an artist and as a person. It's important to work with an instructor that will take you outside of your comfort zone.

The best thing you can do is visit the studio in person and talk to the instructor before you take any classes.

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Drawing Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons Illustration Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Cartooning Classes Oil Painting Classes