Art With Boris

Art With Boris

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About this pro

Hello!  I am here to introduce or guide you through a fulfilling journey in which you will find out new things about art, the world and yourself.  First, I believe everyone possesses the capability to make meaningful artwork.  Second, art is an activity that helps people exercise their creativity and imagination and this is what I focus on. 

I have worked in all mediums and experimented in different styles from classic realistic portrait drawing to contemporarty abstract painting.  Past students have said I am knowledgeable in the subject, patient, and able to break down concepts and techniques into simple clear parts.  I love introducing people to the vast possibilities of art, as well as work with advanced students on furthering their skills. 

What is unique about my lessons is I not only teach students the techniques of observational drawing/painting, but the theory and strategies of creating and self-expression.  I help students discover or improve their unique visual language in order to make art that is meaningful and personal and not just looks pretty, but has content!  I am also able to introduce you to many wonderful contemporary artists that may influence you. 

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Opening people's eyes to the vast possibilities of art and helping them realize what their strenghts are, or how their weakneses can be use to create intriguing artwork.

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Chicago, IL 60608
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  • kathie schiffman

    Boris is an excellent teacher who does well explaining step-by-step process for painting with watercolors! All four of us were very pleased and surprised with our results.

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

In the first lesson we talk about your experience, motivation and goals.  I get a sense of where my student is at and then we get to making and learning! I give my students simple excercises to practice and more challenging ones after.  In each class we have a central topic to focus on.  What is unique about my lessons is I not only teach students the techniques, but the theory and strategies of creating and self-expression.  I help students discover or improve their unique visual language in order to make art that is meaningful and which they can call their own.

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

MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  I studied all disciplines and worked in multiple styles and mediums with accomplished artists and teachers.  I started teaching my own group art lessons in 2017 and for Lillstreet Art Center in 2018.

Ostrerov has exhibited his work in Chicago and New York including showing at Paris London Hong Kong (PLHK), Lubov, Tory Folliard, and the Portrait Society in Milwaukee.  He has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings #119.

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

Watercolor and drawing lessons: $45/ 1st hr and $30/hr after that.

Oil painting/acrylic classes at my studio in McKinley Park with all quality materials included are $90 for a 2 hour lesson, $130 for 3hrs.  

Lessons can take place at your home or a different space, but there may be a small travel fee depending on how far it is from Pilsen.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching because I am passionate about art and believe it is an exciting and interesting hobby for people to take.  I love introducing people to the vast possibilities of art and showing them their creative side.  I enjoy talking about art so teaching was a natural extension.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have mostly worked with begginer adults.  I am looing forward to working more with youth and more advanced skill levels.

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

Find a teacher who will help you learn how to make unique, personally meaningful artwork that utilizes your strenghts or can show you what your stranghts are.  Anyone can make meaningful art and have fun doing it, may sound cliche, but one of the keys is to know your true artistic interests and embrace what makes you unique!  

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What are your goals in art? 

I don't teach a step-by step how to draw a horse type of lesson.  I teach you how to see and transfer what you see onto the paper/canvas so that you can paint/draw anything from observation, AND, OR (if this is something you're intersted in) I teach you how to tap into your creative side and find your unique voice and use if for self-expression.  I can teach you how to make not just "pretty" paintings, but ones that communicate something.

Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Contemporary Art Theory Classes