We visit Teaching Studios of Art.
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.