Art Education

Somerville, MA

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About this pro

Moscow-born, both classically and conceptually trained, what I can offer a student are: Painting and Drawing skills, knowledge, curiosity and self-assurance.

But most importantly, what I offer is: Creating a personal process of art creation using all of the above together with your own skills, life and knowledge.

I also find ways to share ideas and experiences that will stimulate you to keep a visual diary and start doing more for your art.

My pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget. My Open Studio system allows students to skip classes when they have to. You buy "package of classes" if you buy 8 or more you get a discount. Classes expire at the end of the semester, which is usually 10 weeks long. You can visit on different days and times as long as a class is scheduled.

Regular 10 weeks classes run on a regular school system.

I also keep seminars for advanced students.


Somerville, MA 02143

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11 Reviews
  • Anya P. Apr 6, 2017
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great experience
    I enjoyed my experience a lot! Alexandra is very professional and easy going. Look forward to coming to her classes more often.
  • Bill M. Mar 8, 2017
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great classes!
    Excellent teacher and studio atmosphere. Very comfortable studio.
  • Judy S. Dec 12, 2016
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    great instructor ☺
    Alexandra is an excellent and attentive instructor. She is supportive and has a good sense of humor, which makes class fun!
  • Marybeth L. Aug 15, 2016
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Chris N. Jan 20, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Alexandra is fantastic! She's very knowledgeable and I've been having fun and learning a lot. I've attended 2 classes and continuing on with 10 sessions for now. I also love the flexibility of I'm unable to attend a certain day to chose another day she's avalaible during the week. It's a smaller class environment so also enjoy the individual attention she spends working with me.
  • Olivia J. Nov 6, 2014
    I love having Alexandra as my art teacher! She gives insightful and careful instructions but at the same time knows how to let her students explore their own style. I definitely recommend her classes!
  • Rita F. Oct 7, 2014
    Alexandra is the best! I started classes with her 2 years ago. Her deep knowledge of art history, techniques, aesthetics and insight have allowed me to see progress with every project. Her classes are enjoyable free-wheeling.
  • Lee P. Sep 25, 2012
    She is able to help you paint whatever you she is trained classically but her own work in more expressive. She is very patient and only gives help when help is needed.
  • Cam G. Sep 25, 2012
    Alexandra was one of the best teachers I've had to date. She was attentive and worked with the skills I already possessed to hone on my skills. It was always a relaxed and fun environment to work in.
  • Maren A. Sep 25, 2012
    Wonderful teacher, very encouraging, extremely helpful with ideas and with painting technique. Great studio environment to paint in. Classes small and lots of private instruction available from Alexandra. She is very creative and I have learned a great deal about painting.
  • Helane P. Sep 11, 2012
    Alexandra is a terrific teacher for artists working at all levels of experience. She provides sensitive guidance and support to encourage growth and experimentation as well as technical expertise.
    Alexandra R. Sep 11, 2012

    Thank you!! You are one of my best students..for sure one of the most committed to painting.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
After an e-mail exchange first student either comes to the on-going class we select or I meet a student in the studio to discuss options and to make choices between private lessons, personal program and on-going Open Studio System. Which one fits better depends on organization skills, workability, persistence and intelligence.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied Fine Art since early age living in the Soviet Union. That included classical training during teenage years. I immigrated to America in 1989 and got my BA in Art from State University of New York and later on MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $40 per 2 or 2.5 hours long painting lesson I sell packages of 3, 5 or 10 lessons. If student buys 10 he gets one free class: 3 lessons: 120 5 lessons: 200 10 lessons: 360 Materials are extra charge for $5 a lesson For first time 10 classes package materials are free Evening workshops are $50 and include everything. Classes for children or children/parents are 1.5 hours long, include everything and are $25 each Private lessons vary.
What types of customers have you worked with?
ART LAB Learn the basics of painting, the foundations of color theory, color mixing, and composition. This is a relaxed encouraging environment with individual attention. All levels can benefit. You can work on your portfolio, bring a photograph you've taken, set up a still life, etc. All supplies will be provided.($5 materials fee per session). If you want some basic instructions or just simply a place to paint once a week! please join me and others and be a part of this exciting creative journey. Feel free to bring your own supplies if you prefer. SPECIAL PROGRAM In this private setting I create a special program for a student, based on the level, interest, goal and ability. Later on we will achieve those specific goals, sharing knowledge and skills while providing supportive critique. We follow a private syllabus: create, read, watch movies, see shows and work in the studio. Then meet once or twice a month, critique, analyze, re-make a plan if needed. Time frame varies from student to student, depending on his/her goals. $350 a month