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Just published zen-tangle and colored pencils technique article:

Optical Design Tessellations Mandala
Brilliant content! Thanks so very much for these reasources. As a first year fine/digital arts teacher it has been a great source of inspiration. Thanks again.
2016-02-04 01:03:58
Rachelle Foster:
Hey your website is absolutely amazing and so very organized!! I am teaching a fine art survey class and wanted to have my students create art history timelines. I saw that you have some timelines, but I was wondering what you have your students do with them? And now that I am typing this, I see that someone else has asked you this before, so I am sorry for the repeat. If you could just guide me to the answer please? Thanks!! Your're site is such an inspiration!
2016-01-20 12:07:54
Kim Wedel:
As a new art instructor I really appreciate your website and find the information and the layout of your curriculum excellent. My question on the Art history site is with the timelines? What info needs to be included or completed by the students? I need some direction on how you are using this. Thank you again for helping me
2016-01-13 11:44:17
Melissa Chaney:
Your website is beautiful. What a resource for students. So organized and thorough. What do you use to build your web pages? I teach high school art in Missouri. Drawing, Painting and Art History and someday would like to do the same for my students. Again just beautiful!
2016-01-12 22:46:55
Your artwork is amazing ... so impressed with not only the finished projects, but with your imaginative style. Do you use a lighted magnifying lamp? If so, what do you recommend?
2015-12-21 14:25:58
You have spent a huge amount of time and artistic intelligence developing a lovely resource and "voice" for your vision. Congratulations on your efforts!
2015-12-05 09:13:41
Darcy :
Your site has been a fantastic resource for my class; thank you for the inspiration!
2015-11-30 09:20:45
Love this lesson and plan on using it in the near future with my students. I just wanted to let you know though that complementary is not spelled with an i. May want to update the spelling on your website:)
2015-11-18 09:07:43
I just wanted to say thank you for a great site. I am going to introduce color to my 2-D Drawing/painting class and they are very low skilled at this point. I think that the optical art illusion is perfect for that. I was actually going to video a step by step as well. Thank you thank you!
2015-11-04 12:35:24
Beverly Mecum:
I am a student teacher about to go out in the world of teaching art. Your website has been invaluable to me. Thank you so much for taking the time (considerable time) to help budding art teachers like me. You cannot imagine how much stress you lifted from me with your presentations/projects. Thank you again!
2015-11-03 09:39:57
I am an art teacher and I really like your scratch art samples. However, do you know the proper way to switch out the blades from the scratch art tools? I can't seem to figure it out. Thanks!
2015-11-02 13:05:29
Bill Wright:
I really like the chameleon image that you used in one of your grid drawing demos. Where can I get that image?
2015-10-13 15:57:07

Art presentations for all disciplines:
from art basics to art history and computer graphics

(Google Slides)  

my art portfolio

ceramics, graphics and paintings. all mine. Please feel free to leave a comment or two. Commissioning artwork is available.

online art lessons

I am still working on this page to put together few classes for adults and children of all ages and artistic abilities. This is my big undertake - I am planning on expanding the variety of the tutorials above the school curriculum for everyone to enjoy! Please comment on the classes and lessons that you sign up to - I do need an honest feedback. Thank you!

school art

this is the biggest section of my site. It was originally created for my high school students and to help me organize my lesson plans. Eventually it grew into something bigger. I am glad a lot of people find this site useful. You can find here full and detailed tutorials for drawing, painting, computer graphics, desktop publishing, ceramics, art history, sculpture and jewelry. These are the classes I teach.


links to other art sites and pages I created for my friends artists.
This page is still under construction as I run out of time to do everything that I plan. Please enjoy!

Fine Arts classes


is an introductory art class for beginners. The curriculum is for a year-long class. The structure is based on learning the Elements and Principles of Design. Each element is a unit with a choice of assignments to practice and apply the concepts of the Art Theory.



is more advanced class, focusing on experimenting with art media. This is also a year-long class. Once students have learned the basics at Art-1, it's time to experiment and to try different art techniques and media to choose their favorite. Each assignment is a different media, many of them are mix-media projects.


Drawing & Painting

is advanced art class, focusing on academic skills of drawing and painting. It is a semester class that targets students, who plan an artistic career in future. Some of the assignments are college-level, just a bit adapted.


Art History

is exactly what it is. I included the textbook worksheets that I am using. There is also a time line with worksheets for notes for each art period. It's a great teaching tool that worked great for me. I also made flash cards with world masterpieces for students to memorize. Unit exams are also included.

Exploring Art

Explore Art with Special Needs students.

Adaptive art lessons.


Computer art and Design

Computer Graphics

introduction to digital imaging and design. Semester course starts with the presentation about types of digital images, their structure, terms, used in graphic design, etc. The majority of the time is spent on learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop. Some time is spent on learning Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Work files are also included.


Advanced Computer Graphics

advanced Photoshop and Illustrator techniques, photo enhancement, introduction of Flash animation, Adobe InDesign basics, and use of online resources. Focus on creative, independent projects and advanced techniques.


Visual Literacy

a new class I teach in graphic design. I am still working on the content. Semester class to develop visual skills in digital and graphic design. Learn composition, Color Theory, Gestalt Principles, Advertisement, etc.


3-D classes


is an intro to basic hand-building techniques. A series of projects from basic pinch-pots to coil pots and slab method. Series of projects with useful information for a beginner course.



is a continuation of learning hand-building techniques, introduction of the wheel and other advanced techniques.


Sculpture & Jewelry

is a new class I just started to teach. I do not have a lot of visuals yet, but I am working on it


Born in St.Petersburg, Russia.
BA, MA in Art & Education from
SPb University, Russia;
BS in Art education from Carroll University, USA.


lessons and art courses for art enthusiasts of all levels and abilities
Digital Photography - I
The course is intended for beginner photographers.
Art courses Studio - I
This course will give you a starting point to grow as an artist.
Printmaking at Home
Unconventional printmaking techniques that are easily done in a home setting.
Unusual Painting Media
Lesson consists of two painting projects that do not require any paint.
Color Pencils
Introductory lesson to color pencil drawing.
Collage (mix media)


Expl. Art:
Ceramic bowl

Expl. Art:

Art 2:
Creative patterns

Expl. Art:
Trees collage

Art II.:
Tree drawing

Expl. Art.:
Abstract painting

Art II.:
Notebook page

Expl. Art:
Cat collage

Art II.:

Art I.:

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