I am a freelance Artist and a full time Teacher with the Department of Education. What’s great about my style is that I like to work with learners of all ages.
For a more in depth look at what my students and I create check out my website at www.cystinecastellano.com.
I enjoy the stability of teaching and the freedom of being a visual artist. Connecting with others and conveying messages together is both expressive and intimate.
Working with Cystine Castellano I learned a lot of techniques. She is a great instructor. Looking forward to getting more lessons from her .
She's an amazing and a creative worker. She is a real pleasure to work with and always makes sure to get her work done. She's very responsible and direct but always respectful and considerate.
Without reservation I would recommend taking an art class from Cystine Castellano. I joined her for weekly private afternoon classes. Cystine not only was able to guide me as an amateur artist to better understand perspective and color, she also has a wonderfully upbeat and encouraging teaching style. For those interested in developing their art in drawing and water color, I highly recommend!
Working with a new student is a process that requires assessment of student abilities, experience and goals. Once I gain that insight, I tailor my lessons to match the desired result. My students always learn Art in a unique way because I show them how it could further enhance their understanding of other academic subjects (such as literacy, history and mathematics) as well as sharpen their life skills. I am upfront about supply needs, cost per class, flexible location, plus all books and notes are provided by myself during instruction time.
I have trained with the best artists in the fine arts industry. Most are creators of Disney films and pioneers of the animation industry itself. My history teacher was THE Howard Beckerman! I have also worked with trained actors who taught me how to bring characters to life on paper. I am well versed in traditional fine art, fashion illustration and digital programs to enhance images or hand made works.
My pricing is per session. For fine art it’s a flat rate of $60 a session. You can choose 35-60 minutes for the course. I recommend a full hour because arts mastery takes time.
For a digital lesson, the flat rate is $80. It’s more money because different steps are involved. It’s not traditional draftsmanship.
I do not charge taxes and there are no hidden fees. You pay only for your supplies and lessons.
I supply notes and books during instruction time.
I have worked for several non-profits and charter schools as an after school teaching artist since the age of 25. I am currently working for the Department of Education, NYC.
I work with people of all ages and abilities.
My advice is not to hire an instructor based on price alone but the quality that you will receive from each lesson. Sometimes a more expensive class taken less frequently is of greater value.
Think about the mediums you are interested in exploring, think about your goal and the time in which you want to achieve it. Is this something you want to achieve in 2 weeks or 10? I’m here to help you figure this out and will answer any questions you may have.