5.0 (2)
Best of 2022
5 hires on
1 employee
13 years in business

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With special programs, classes and salons, we are dedicated to helping all students, both old and young, to discover their unique potential - as artist, creator and thinker. We offer Master's  Painting/Can I Paint Like that? class series as well as classes for beginners who want to enjoy and discover art. If you are interested in private art instructions, we are hear for you!

I am a teaching artist. My desire to start my own Art School is rooted in my family history and love to teach. Art is a tool for a personal growth and my job is to teach others  how to use it without hurting themselves and those around them.

We are born creative, but if we neglect to develop and strengthen these skills, our creativity becomes inhibited. By  encouraging a child's creativity, you set the stage for endless opportunities for that child's imagination. A healthy imagination not only creates a resourceful and productive individual, but it also builds self-esteem.

40 years later these same people become adults in classes like Art Center's and evening programs in Colleges. Many of them have lost their creativity and imagination on its way, but now have knowledge, education and very different kind of curiosity. Teaching adults I always remind myself that the mediocre teacher tells, the good one explains and the brilliant one inspires

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Somerville, MA 02143
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2 Reviews


  • Kim Biga

    One on one time, specific teaching to level/ability, grouping to age. Teacher is wonderful, talented and great with children.

  • Kathleen M

    I found the class to be so helpful. Alexandra is a very rare person, soft spoken and gentle with her suggestions. I have taken Art for the past year and also many years ago, but I had the feeling that I was in the presence of a uniquely talented woman. I feel very fortunate to have found her.

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

If student is a total beginner I have a special exercise that teaches students how to look at the world, how to see what we want (or not) from the point of an artist. Doing 6 drawings we learn all teh basics about composition and Greek "golden middle". I also teach a very base of color theory on the first class.

If student is an intermediate I ask them to bring their portfolio. We look at it together, talk and I honestly tell the student what I see I can help them with in learning, better understanding and inspiring. 

 Art appreciation and high standards are very important in a way I teach.

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

I have been studying art since I was 5. In a Soviet Union it took me through wonderful Art School for children at the Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Classical Academy, rebellion, getting involved with dissident movement, being lucky and becoming a student of Grisha Bruskin and later moving to New York. My Bachelor degree is from SUNY and MFA from Museum School and Tufts. I also have expired, but well learned art therapy certificate from NY state. Knowledge of psychology and arthistory influences the way I teach.

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

I charge $40 + $5 materials fee for any 2 or 2.5 hours art class or workshop.

I aks people to buy at least 3 classes in advance.

So it is 120 for 3 classes, 200 for 5 and if you buy 10 it is only 360 (one free class)

For private lesons I charge $60 per hour 

For first meeting and portfolio review $50

I also offer a personal program that can be planed up to 2 years ahead.

How did you get started teaching?

I started assisting my school teacher

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds. From private Jewish school to Art Institute of Boston Summer intensive, to Cambridge Center for Adult Educaton to Graduate students in Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Ivention of 2 classes. One of them is a painting class "Can I Paint Like That?" which approaches art very historically from one side, but is also a perfect place for self-expression, because students have to understand what is that they really like in Art.

Class "My Child Can Do That!". 

In this workshop children and adults work together to complete a large painting. 
The idea is to complete a painting together (following a syllabus)
Canvas sizes are available in the studio for purchase. You are welcome to buy your own canvas. You will need at least 3 classes for 24"
Child MUST be at least 5 years old. This class is recommended and specifically tailored for artistic children in age group between 5 and 8.

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

Make sure that the teache runderstands what you want to learn and make sure he/she has a personal approach.

Lessons offered

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