10 - 27 46 Ave, second floor, Long Island City NY 11101
Tel. (718) 937-1300 or (301) 681-6987



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Filipp Malyavin. Verka, oil on canvas. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Bridgeview means real art. Inspiring, and yet friendly and non-intimidating environment.

Individualized approach in a small group setting.
Time-tested classical techniques and true creativity.

Complete Beginners welcome. Reasonable fees.

We are in Long Island City (Queens), one easy subway stop from Manhattan by E,M,7 trains and G from Brooklyn. We are two blocks from the most spectacular waterflont overlooking Manhattan in Hunter's Point.

Now registering for the Fall! To register call (718) 937-1300

Kids classes begin September 16

Adult classes begin September 21

Follow the links below for class listings and availabilities!

Kids/Teen Classes

Adult Classes

For inquiries or registrations call (718)937-1300 or email info@academicart.com

Teacher in Focus. Iliya Mirochnik

MFA in Painting, Repin Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya emigrated to the US as a child. Attended Bridgeview since the age of 12. Graduated from Laguardia High School. In 2007 was accepted to the Repin Academy of Fine Arts in Russia, one of the most competitive and rigorous classical art academies in the world. In 2012 while still at the Academy he won First Prize for his his portrait of Artem Nosov at the Portrait Society of America International Competition. Since graduation he has been a guest instructor at a number of schools in the US and Europe, from Florida to California and even Romania. He is represented by Yarosh and Associates Art Gallery in Holmdel New Jersey.

Fathers and Sons, oil on canvas, 2015 by Iliya Mirochnik.

Iliya's classes

  • Portrait/Figure Drawing. Focus on Anatomy. Russian Approach.
    Tuesdays 6.30 - 9.30 pm. 3 spots left for the Fall 2015
    Class Blog

  • College Portfolio/Art for Teens. From Still Life to Figure. Finding your personal style.

    Focus on Drawing. Saturdays 3.30 - 6.30 pm.
    Class Blog 3 spots left for the Fall 2015
    Focus on Painting. Sundays 4.30 - 7.30pm.
    Class Blog 5 spots left for the Fall 2015

  • Painting. Oils or Watercolors. Portrait/Figure.
    Sundays 4.30 - 7.30 pm.
    Class Blog 5 spots left for the Fall 2015

  • Intensive 5 day workshops focusing on a specific theme/technique will be scheduled throughout the year.

    Elena Rykoff, a student of Iliya Mirochnik since March 2014


Student in Focus. Ausra Pranevicius.

Born in New York to the family from Lituania, Ausra has been a student at Bridgeview since 2011. She began her studies with Galina Dubinskaya on a full scholarship from London-based Himmelstrasse Foundation and then continued with Harout Simonian and now with Iliya Mirochnik. Bridgeview has helped her to prepare for Laguardia High School of Visual and Performing Arts where she continues her studies while still attending College Portfolio/Art for High School students classes at Bridgeview. Ausra has also participated with her whole family in Art Camp France in 2012 touring and painting many historical landmarks in Normandy following in the footsteps of Claude Monet.

Ausra painting the cliffs of Etretat in Normandie, France. Bridgeview Art Camp 2012.

Imaginary illustrations by Ausra Pranevicius, pen and ink. Independant work outside class.

Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York was founded by classically-trained artists from Eastern Europe and Russia in 2000, so we've been in business since 2001.

The school teaches Drawing, Painting & Composition to adults and children. Also offering classes in art portfolio preparation for high school and college.

Bridgeview approach is based on the centuries-old techniques developed by generations of European masters. These techniques were painstakingly preserved in Russia through the 20th century while they were much forgotten in the west. Bridgeview instructors are now passing it on to new generations, and the results are impressive. Our students win prestigious awards, get accepted with generous scholarships to specialized art high schools and colleges, some even sell their work at an early age.

While there are many classical art schools today, Bridgeview approach is different. To better understand our teaching approach to both painting and drawing we recommend visiting these pages of artwork done in schools, from which our instructors have graduated.

Russian academic tradition in Drawing

Russian academic tradition in Painting

Spectacular waterfront is 2 blocks away

Watch Bridgeview Videos

Lena Murray, founder and Director of Bridgeview, was featured by the Voice of America Russian Language Service, July 2012

Art Classes for Children

Painting demonstration by Bridgeview instructors and alumni. January 2010

Portrait Sculpture Workshop taught by Tatyana Zhurkov. April 2010

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