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We visit Teach­ing Stu­dios of Art.

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Long Is­land’s Teach­ing Stu­dios of Art be­gan when founder Rob Zeller started plein air land­scape lessons in the heart of New York’s Cen­tral Park in 2008. But once win­ter weather ar­rived, it was too cold for Rob to give his di­rec­tion out­side, so his classes came in­doors, to his own stu­dios in Brook­lyn.

By De­cem­ber of that year he was be­ing in­vited to teach a group of artists in Plain­view, Long Is­land. This, in turn, trig­gered him to fol­low his vi­sion and start his own teach­ing stu­dios.

Found­ing them a mere two months later, Rob’s con­cept was sim­ple: to form a school that was clas­si­cal in its teach­ing tech­niques, yet laid back enough in ap­proach and made the se­ri­ous­ness and fo­cus of a full-time ate­lier pro­gramme avail­able in a part-time course.

Hir­ing the best fac­ulty he could, Rob strives for one over-arch­ing cri­te­ria for teach­ing: ex­cel­lence. He be­lieves it’s im­por­tant to teach a wide va­ri­ety of ap­proaches. “We, as an art school, are de­voted to teach­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques to artists of all ages and skill lev­els,” says the founder.

The school is plan­ning to grow both their phys­i­cal brick and mor­tar classes, and add on­line school­ing to the mix. “We be­lieve that repli­cat­ing the high stan­dards of the school in an on­line for­mat is very im­por­tant,” says Rob. “We want to en­sure that we en­ter with the most artist-driven user ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. We’re help­ing to equip artist with the abil­ity to ex­press them­selves. With good tech­nique, the sky’s the limit!”

Rob Zeller, founder and in­struc­tor at Long Is­land’s Teach­ing Stu­dios of Art, re­ceived a BFA from the Bos­ton Mu­seum School and Tufts Univer­sity, and an MFA from the New York Acad­emy of Art. You can find out more about his school by vis­it­ing www.teach­ingstu­dios.com.

In his fig­ure draw­ing and paint­ing class, in­struc­tor Rob Zeller teaches a sys­tem of struc­tural fig­ure draw­ing, which is fol­lowed up with a paint­ing done in oils.

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