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Bridgeview Address:
Bridgeview NEW Address:
21-21 41 Ave, #3B, Long Island City NY 11101
Tel. (718) 937-1300 or (301) 681-6987

Art Classes in Manhattan & Queens, NYC
Drawing, Painting, College Portfolio

2017 - 2018 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: September 19 - December 10 (12 weeks)
Winter Semester: January 3 - March 28 (12 weeks)
Spring Semester: April 4 - June 27 (12 weeks)
Summer July 5 - August 31 (8 weeks)

Location: One Stop from Manhattan
Queensboro Plaza - #7, N, W. Queens Plaza - E, M, R. Queensbridge - F. We are three blocks from the most spectacular waterflont overlooking Manhattan, Queensbridge Park.
For location details visit www.academicart.com/contact.htm

Painting demonstration by Bridgeview instructors and alumni. January 2010

To register for Summer 2017 (July 5 - August 31) call 718-937-1300

Summer Courses tuition is prorated to 8 weeks and is $300 for each course.

Drawing Classes in NYC

Beginner and Intermediate Drawing

Working from simple still life setups students will learn the fundamentals of drawing. Step-by-by-step instruction in building the form through line and value will be given. Individual critiques covering the basics of drawing such as proportions, value, construction and perspective will be offered. No experience necessary.

Monday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Leo Kundas
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

Saturday 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Ilya Mirochnik
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring


Study of Michelangelo's eye by Bridgeview beginner student, pencil on paper

Portrait and Figure Drawing. Focus on Artistic Anatomy. Russian Academic Approach.

This class is for students with experience in drawing. Students will focus on understanding the human form by analyzing the structure, anatomy, proportions and the body's movement. Instructor will teach by giving individual critiques and by doing class demonstrations.

Taught by Ilya Mirochnik, honors MFA graduate of the Repin Academy and first place winner of the American Portrait Society Competition.

Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Ilya Mirochnik
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring


Portrait study by Mike Meskin, student of Iliya Mirochnik with instructor demonstrations on the side of the figure.

Painting Classes in NYC

Oil or Watercolor Painting. From Still Life to Portrait to Figure. All Levels.

By working from life, students will master both technical and conceptual aspects of painting. Color theory and color mixing will be discussed. The goal is to teach students to create a realistic image through mastering color and tonal relationships. Beginner students work from still life while more advanced might work from still life and live models. No prior painting experience necessary but prior drawing exeprience is recommended before taking this class or in conjunction with it.

Tuesday 10.30 – 1.30 p.m.
Polina Osnachuk
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

Thursday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Leo Kundas
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

Sunday 4.30 - 7.30 pm (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring
Ilya Mirochnik
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring
this is not a beginner class, experience in drawing and painting is required

Examples of student work from these classes

Class Blog. Leo Kundas's students.

After Chardin by Alisa Kazarnovsky Nude by Amanda Cleaver

Class Blog. Polina Osnachuk's students.

Portrait of the artist's daughter by student Eileen Coyne, oil on canvas.

Class Blog. Iliya Mirochnik's students.

Still LIfe with a Roman Sculpture and Cigarettes. Instructor Iliya Mirochnik

College Portfolio/Art for High School Students. Drawing and Painting from Observation. From Still LIfe to the Human Form (Portrait, Self-Portrait, Figure). Developing your own unique style.

Minimum age 13.

During this 12 weeks course which should be continued by a student through more than one semester, students will obtain a deper understanding of visual arts.

This class is ideal for HS students or adults who want to develop a high quality scholarship-earning portfolio.

The Saturday class will focus more on drawing. Beginner students will work from still life setups whereas advanced students will work from live models (portrait, self-portrait and figure). Media may include pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor. Each class will include a short art history lecture. Please note, that semi-nude models are used in this class.

The Sunday class will focus on painting techniques in oils, watercolors or other media of your choice. Students will work from still life, and eventually progress to the human form (portrait, self-portrait, figure).

Time permitting, visits to studios of practicing artists and field trips to Museums and galleries will also be arranged in addition to working in class.

As an additional benefit for students, Bridgeview invites college admissions councilors who talk about their colleges and also review students' portfolios.

Saturday 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Ilya Mirochnik
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

or Sunday 4.30 - 7.30 pm Fall/Winter/Spring
Ilya Mirochnik
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring
(Sat class is a pre-requisite unless student has extensive formal experience)


High School student Ausra Pranevicius working on her Anatomical drawing.

Collage by Helen Chen, HS student preparing college portfolio.

Watercolor Painting

This class for all levels of students who are interested in learning special techniques of watercolor painting. Students will work from observation. Subjects may include still life and possibly portrait or figure.

Thursdays 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Leo Kundas
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

or Sunday 4.30 - 7.30 pm
Ilya Mirochnik
$450 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

Watercolor by student Ausra Pranevicius, 14 years old. Instructor Harout Simonian.

Landscape painting on location. Paint New York.

Plein aire painting class will meet on location. Variety of inspiring locations will be explored including New York Central Park, waterfronts and etc. New York scenery has inspired many artists of the past including Child Hassam and William Meritt Chase, to just name a few. Guided by an experienced master artist students will pick a subject and record their feelings through form and color. Aspects of composition, color mixing, perspective and scale will be discussed.

Students may choose their own materials such as watercolor, pastels, oils or pencils.

Dates to be announced.


Bridgeview student Gabriela Gasparini painting Manhattan Landscape near Bridgeview studios.

Why Bridgeview

Bridgeview Youtube Video on Painting

Bridgeview Students' Work

Examples of Russian academic drawings

Examples of Russian academic paintings

Class size is limited to 12 students. We teach the time-tested classical techniques of the Russian Academy, one of the oldest and most respected art academies in the world.

Withdrawal Policy. Students are allowed to withdraw before the the semester begins, in which case tuition is reimbursed in minus a $50 cancellation fee. Once the semeter begins, there are no withdrawals allowed.

Tuition payment. Tution is due in full before the beginning of class. A payment plan of 2 monthly payments may be arranged provided payments are secured with a major credit card.

Missed classes. Students can not transfer any tuition for missed classes to another semester or receive refund for missed classes. However, provided that space is available in another class, they can use it as a make-up for a missed class during the same term that they are registered for.

For example, if you are registered in a Monday evening class and miss it, you can arrange for a makeup by going to a Thursday or Tuesday or Saturday class provided that the other class is not completely full. Since we work with students on an individual basis, another teacher can give you a different assignment that is appropriate to you specifically regardless of what the rest of the class might be working on. Such makeups have to be arranged by email with the school's administration.

Supply Lists. Supply lists are sent to registered students via e-mail. Please contact us to get your supply list. click Art Store Directory to find an art store near you.

Storage. Painting students can store their materials and work in progress at the school.

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