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About Us

Our Beginning

The Teaching Studios of Art was founded in 2009 by the artist Rob Zeller. He had a vision for a new kind of art school: classical in technique, yet laid back in approach. The seriousness and focus of a full time atelier program would be made available to part time students. As Zeller's own training in traditional methods took a meandering 15 years, with multiple schools and instructors, he thought it important to have a wide variety of approaches taught. There would be only one, overarching criteria for teaching: excellence.

We are an art school devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages and skill levels on the North Shore of Long Island. These techniques have been proven over centuries to be the most effective at helping people become better artists and make beautiful work.


How We Are Different

Our faculty are trained professionals who have achieved a level of excellence in their own practice that qualifies them to teach others. Our clients are our community, and we take their needs seriously. This client-centered approach has garnered us much attention, as a look over our Press Page will confirm.

At the Teaching Studios, all of our classes follow a unified artistic philosophy. There are different emphasis in each class, depending on the instructor, but the overall artistic principles are the same. This is true regardless of the medium: oil painting, pastel, watercolor or acrylic. Students make rapid improvements in our classes because of the excellence of our faculty and a commitment to the foundations of academic drawing and painting.


What We Teach

We offer Portfolio Preparation and Development (ages 13 and up) • Portraiture • Figure Drawing and Painting • Oil painting •Watercolor • Pastel • Foundation Classes and Art Lessons for Children (Ages 6-8 and 9-12 years old). We offer a full range of classes for adults, as well.

Our Foundations Program forms the bedrock, the very basis of what we teach at the Teaching Studios. Any art student seriously considering learning to draw and paint in a realistic fashion should consider joining our program. It is open to all artists, regardless of age, or level of experience, and is very effective. To learn more about it, click here.