I am a professional artist - painter and Scenic Designer. I also do comercial illustrations.
I graduated with a Masters Degree in Painting and Scenic Design at Moscow Art School, Russia.
As a Scenic Designer, I have done more than fifty production at Houston theatres. I had several personal and many group exhibitions in the US and Europe.
I run Art Classes at my home studio.
In addition, I have been teaching art classes virtually via Skype for out-of-town students, and now because of COVID-19, for Houston-based as well.
I teach drawing and painting to students of all levels.
Students choose their media, style, subjects and work under professional guidance. Or learn classical approach to the Visual Art.
You can see some of my work on my website www.boriskaplunarts.com
Virtual Learning with Boris - In early March I asked Boris if we could start meeting via Skype due to the virus. He was more than happy to accommodate my request. It has been six weeks and my art growth continues as does Boris's ability to teach via Skype. We prepare for lessons in my home via Boris's instruction, which turns out to be advantageous, as I am learning about how to properly layout a still life, position my easel for lighting and research art projects to take my learning in the direction I want. We are learning how to communicate with each other so his voice can direct my pencil and brush. This process comes with a lot of laughs because I think on the logic side of my brain and Boris has to pull me over to the creative side. There has been a learning curve on both our parts as we navigate these waters outside of his studio. Our lessons have come a long way since we began virtual study. I like that he is willing to communicate via text and email during the week so we have a place to continue when it's time for the lesson. Boris is a fun guide through art history, teaches different painting techniques and gives sound advice on your progression. He emphasizes professional looking art, which is what I am paying him to learn. If you are on the fence about virtual art lessons, I recommend giving Boris a try.
I am so fortunate to have Boris as my art class teacher! Starting from December 2018, by now I have attended about 20 x 2+ hours of private lessons held in his studio and love going there on weekends. Within few sessions I learned that Boris has excellent educational background and proven life-long miscellaneous art experiences backed up with striking masterpieces - his own art creations. Boris undoubtedly is a marvelous teacher and educator for those students who want to go beyond mechanistic approaches to the drawing and painting, willing expand their ways to ‘perceive’ the visual art. Boris has an unique talent to deliver information and instructions in a concise and clear manner aided with his unlimited patience and politeness. Self-trained hobbyist in watercolor, I never took formal classes before; being 45yo engineer by trade, was a bit uncertain if we can get along smoothly due to big gaps on my side. That doubt disappeared after just couple of our meetings. Boris has adapted to my needs well above my expectations by giving just right amount of elements of classical academic disciplines - which I personally was looking for - such as perspective, composition, light and color, forms, constructional drawing. My initial interest was to work in acrylic for landscape painting from photographs on a medium sized canvas. Boris’ suggestion to start with still life painting (completed as the very first project) was a saver for the ongoing mountain depiction project, relatively complex. I am gladly satisfied with his guidance, solution proposals, and corrections – I like the friendly atmosphere in his studio and "behind-the-scene" explanations why he thinks this or that could be made more professional. My painting perception is also growing because of art history studies I do at home following talks and lectures Boris gives during our classes; I like to review and study illustrations in books and online materials that he recommends – now I feel much more self-aware of famous artists and major directions in visual art and art advances throughout the centuries. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder to advanced artist who is really experienced, is a stirring feeling but thanks to Boris’ soft skills, I always feel I am respected and taken care of. During 2019 spring break I brought my 15yo son for 4 master class sessions at Boris studio, and they have finished a pretty looking painting on 18x24 inch canvas in acrylic on an extraterrestrial planet theme; which has significantly promoted my son’s interests both in art and astronomy. My son enjoyed talking to teacher, our time was worthy spent on ‘painting bootcamp’. Boris gives memorable, highly narrative hands-on sessions on color blocking, shading, underpainting, color mixing, value and tone balance solutions, one-line drawing, composition, and many more. I feel I am back to a good school where I do acquire my new painting skills at a rate I can control. I strongly recommend Boris to both kids and adults.