Portfolio Prep is ...

Private art lessons for teens seeking entrance to an art college. Unique one-on-one experience and 100% teacher's attention. Result: an art college acceptance with possible Portfolio Merit Scholarship. Individualized lesson plans specific to the desired college or university and student's interests.

Placeholder image

Design

In the Design I & II classes students learn the fundamentals of design elements, principals and color theory.

Placeholder image

Drawing

Drawing classes are focused on understanding of composition, values and hand and eye coordination.

Placeholder image

Painting

Painting classes encompass concepts of Design and Drawing plus understanding of color and techniques.

Design
Placeholder image

Students had to represents seasons focusing on their favorite one, and overlap was required.

Placeholder image

Students had to create an intriquing design with the given shapes and a focal point.

Placeholder image

Students were given several topics on our senses that they had to design such as "taste of chocolate."

Placeholder image

The students were asked to design an emotional event from their lives and were allowed to use one primary color.

Placeholder image

This assignment was focused on creating no focal point design.

Placeholder image

Students had to create 1940's movie poster about a main character–a letter, and present it with the scenario.

Placeholder image

This was Design II "alla Kandinsky" where students had to create a realistic composition and then change it to look like Kandinsky's.

Placeholder image

Students had to create logos for small businesses made up by me and choose it blindly.

Placeholder image

It ws a 3D project – a conceptual box of any kind that would either have a purpose or an emotional connection.

"Nataliya is an amazing teacher with a gift to push students beyond their comfort level without making them feel inadequate."

Drawing
Placeholder image

Still life with the complex composition. The goal was to work with values and create an illusion of warm light.

Placeholder image

Figure drawing is an essential part of becoming an artist.

Placeholder image

Charcoal still-life focusing on lighting, tonal values and compostion.

Placeholder image

Final class assignment of self portrait. Anything was acceptable as long as it was about the student.

Placeholder image

Charcoal drawing with a vintage tricycle focusing on values, lighting and composition.

Placeholder image

Collage still life made with masking tape, ripped paper and charcoal.

Placeholder image

Collage still life that emerged from a different drawing.

Placeholder image

A copy of Michelangello's David's plaster nose. Students spent 12 hours working on this set up.

Placeholder image

Gesture nude model sketches 1 minute each uaing charcoal and sanquin.

"She is the most knowledgable instructor & passionate painter."

Painting
Placeholder image

This still life was interntionally set up on the window cell to have the students evaluate values and colors.

Placeholder image

This was painted from black&white photograph, so the student can create her own impression of the lighting.

Placeholder image

This still life's goal was to challenge the students painting all white ojects by working with color and light reflexes.

Placeholder image

This still life was painted in two sessions – monochromatic underpainting and then painting colors.

Placeholder image

This was a similar-colors still life done in oils and the student spent 12 hours.

Placeholder image

This beautiful impressionistic landscape was painted from a black & white photo.

Placeholder image

Similar tones/colors still life. Student spent 15 hours on it to make sure each brush stroke was analized with its' surrounding colors.

Placeholder image

This was a conceptual self-portrait illustration–– a final project in the drawing class.

Placeholder image

This was also a conceptual illustration of a self-portrait that derived from a dream a student had in her childhood.

"Nataliya is a great teacher and an awesome person & she has installed great confidence in me."
Lesson structure

My lessons are 3-hour each. Flexible schedule and reasonable rate of $180 for three hours. During these hours, student receives my uninterrupted attention where I train him/her step-by-step on composition, tonal evaluation and colors. All lessons are hands on experiences and majority of assignments are completed between 3-12 hours depending on the final goal. Students bring their own art materials, and I provide the space, all the needed props and an easle. I will also assign some projects to do at home in order to expand and enhance student's portfolio. I strongly encourage students to work deligently and enjoy every moment of it.

Students should arrive on time, so I can fully devote the designated three hours to him/her. Payment is expected after each lesson either by cheque or cash.

Meet the teacher

I am a professional artist and a teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching teens and adults. I have been teaching at NOVA Community College for over 10 years now. Teaching is my passion that I do well and enjoy tremendously. Additionally I am well versed in design industry as I held several graphic design/art director's positions in NYC and Boston over the years. I warmly welcome you to my studio and look forward to sharing with you my knowledge and passion for art. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have, and I will respond promptly.