About New Masters Academy

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New Masters Academy is the Internet’s leading subscription-based art education website. We bring top quality art instruction to artists around the world for affordable prices.

The website was founded in 2012 by Joshua Jacobo along with a core group of instructors that includes master draftsman Glenn Vilppu, figurative painter Steve Huston, monumental sculptor Ed Fraughton, and Disney art director Bill Perkins.

The website launched with just over 100 hours of video content from twelve instructors, all experts at the top of their fields.

Since then, the website has grown to include over one thousand hours of content from over twenty instructors, including Juliette Aristides, John Asaro, Mark Westermoe, David Simon, Johanna Schwaiger and Rey Bustos. We have reached millions of artists online and we have educated tens of thousands of students from around the globe.

We also offer a first-of-its-kind 3D viewing application for artist references, as well as a photo reference library with tens of thousands of high quality, royalty-free images.

Years after our website launched, we are still honored to work to empower artists with the highest quality art instruction ever produced.

New Masters Academy Instructors

Catherine Bobkoski Art Focus: Still Life and Figurative Painting 10 years of teaching experience Studied at Watts Atelier, Grand Central Academy, and New York University

Catherine Bobkoski is a Los Angeles-based painter who works in a still life and figurative manner. She has studied both drawing and painting at The Watts Atelier in Encinitas. California and later at Grand Central Academy and New York University in New York City. She has also studied with many inspiring artists along the way, including Daniel Keys, Dustin Van Wechel, and Vadim Zang. She is a sought after painting instructor with over ten years of experience and teaches at many art schools throughout Southern California. Catherine has had work exhibited nationally, including at the Oil Painters of America 2021 National Juried Exhibition.

Larissa Marantz Art Focus: Illustrator, Animator, Cartoonist Worked as a Character Designer for Nickelodeon's Rocket Power and Rugrats TV shows Owner of OC Art Studios; 12 years of teaching at Laguna College of Art + Design

Larissa Marantz is an illustrator based out of Southern California. She worked as a character designer for Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power and Rugrats TV shows. Larissa began illustrating children’s books when she left The Rugrats animated TV show to stay at home with her young children. Her recent illustrated projects are Charlie and the Octopus, Avenue A Publishing, and Clyde the Hippo picture book series, published by Penguin Workshop. Larissa has been an adjunct faculty member at Laguna College of Art + Design for 12 years, teaching in the Animation and Illustration departments. Owner of OC Art Studios, an after-school enrichment company, she has taught art to young elementary school students for over 15 years.

Amy Florence Art Focus: Figurative and Still Life Painting Founder of Studio Donatello Studied and taught at Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy

Amy Florence is a London-born artist whose studio, Studio Donatello, is based in Florence, Italy. She was trained at Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence and taught their advanced level classes for five years. Amy now spends her time working on personal painting and commissions. She has a love for nature, and the beauty of the world is her main inspiration. Amy currently has representation at Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York. She has held many solo shows around the world, like the Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence, The Modern Pantry, and The View Gallery in London.

Joshua Jacobo Art focus: Figurative Drawing, Sculpting, Anatomy Founder and Director of New Masters Academy

Joshua Jacobo is a fine artist and educator specializing in drawing, modeling, and sculpting the human figure. Currently, Joshua is developing a marble carving studio with his wife, sculptor Johanna Schwaiger, out of their home in Southern California. In 2011, Joshua founded New Masters Academy. Before creating New Masters Academy, Joshua helped design and launch the award-winning Vilppu Academy with his longtime mentor Glenn Vilppu. Other companies and organizations Joshua has founded or directed include: Art Mentors, Draw This!, NationofChange, and Truthout. You can read more about how Joshua founded New Masters Academy here. You can follow Joshua on FacebookInstagram, and Youtube. Joshua also hosts a free weekly live stream event, Master Mondays.

Stapleton Kearns Art Focus: Landscape Painting Teaches workshops across the country Received awards from the Rockport Art Association, The Guild of Boston Artists, and American Artists Association

Stapleton Kearns is a professional painter working in the New England landscape tradition. He is the recipient of many awards from the Rockport Art Association, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the American Artists Association. Stapleton attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, later studying with the atelier R.H. Ives Gammell and Robert Douglas Hunter at the historic Fenway Studios. His years with Gammell gave him respect for classical draftsmanship; through daily practice, he now applies and adapts these lessons to his outdoor impressionist landscapes. Working directly from nature, Stapleton chooses scenes from which he knows he can make a painting with a poetic sense of place while using his expressive brushstrokes to communicate ideas about beauty. “I try to present not only the appearance of the place but also a lovely arrangement of colors and shapes.”

Throughout his career, Stapleton has exhibited in many shows including, The Attleboro Art Museum in Massachusetts, a solo show at the Rockport Art Association in Ohio, Hammond Gallery in Ohio, The National Academy of Design in New York City, along with many others. As well as being a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Stapleton also belongs to the Rockport Art Association, where he is a former president and a member of the North Shore Art Association. Stapleton is currently living in New Hampshire.

Joseph Todorovitch Art Focus: Figurative and Portrait Painting Teaches at Laguna College of Art and Design

Joseph Todorovitch is a contemporary painter immersed in the figurative subject matter. He explores painting through the lens of a naturalist’s perspective. His work represents a breathing sense of light, space, time, and subtle narratives. His concern for the excellence of craftsmanship is balanced with the freedom to explore the playful side of paint application. He simultaneously pushes to create interest with surface abstraction and visual fidelity. The concert of the technical narrative, along with the implied theme of the subject matter, requires the viewer to complete the experience of a Todorovitch work of art.

Jason Arkles Art Focus: Figurative Sculpting Author of "Sculpting From Life", "On Sculpture by Leon Battista Alberti" Large scale sculpture features on the façade of Saint Mark’s English Church

Jason Arkles is an American sculptor working in the traditional methods and materials that one would normally associate with a sculptor from Florence. His large-scale figurative work in bronze, marble, terracotta, and wood can be found in public, private spaces, museums, cemeteries, and churches in Europe and America. That includes the façade of Saint Mark’s English Church in Florence. He was trained in the studio of Charles H. Cecil (the human figure in clay), in Studio Sem in Pietrasanta (marble), and in a Pontifical Academy in Rome (sacred art). Jason himself now runs a small teaching studio in Florence, Studio Della Statua, in tandem with his professional career.

Regarding himself as a practitioner of sculpture rather than an academic, Jason nevertheless has presumed to self-publish two small books on sculpture; Sculpting From Life, a manual for sculpting in clay using a living model, and the other, On Sculpture by Leon Battista Alberti, a translation and commentary on Leon Battista Alberti’s Della Statua. He is currently working on his third, which will detail the history of visually-oriented sculpture technique as practiced in the ateliers of 19th Century France.

Joseph Altwer Art Focus: Figurative Painting, Landscape Painting Taught at Florence Academy of Art, Barcelona Academy of Art

Joseph Altwer is a traditional realist oil painter born in California in 1984. Joseph began his studies in 2005; at the Florence Academy of Art, where he also taught for many years, then later taught drawing and painting at the Barcelona Academy Of Art for five years. Altwer’s style of painting has a foundation in traditional techniques with an impressionist palette, in which most of his paints, canvases, and mediums are made himself. Altwer prefers to work from life as he considers it to be the true source of beauty.

Leo Mancini-Hresko Art Focus: Drawing, Painting Taught at Florence Academy of Art Held numerous solo and group shows in the US, Greece, England, Italy, Ireland, Russia

Leo Mancini-Hresko is a Boston-based artist. During a study abroad program in Italy in 2001, Leo found The Florence Academy of Art, where he studied from 2001 to 2005 and subsequently taught until 2011. During his time at the school, Leo was the Director of the Drawing Program for Sculptors, taught Plein Air painting workshops, and lectured on Artist Materials. Since 2012, Leo has been working from his studio in Massachusetts, and travels regularly to paint, exhibit, and teach. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows in the US, Greece, England, Italy, Ireland, and Russia.

Ben Fenske Art Focus: Drawing, Painting Featured on American Artist Magazine as one of the Best 25 Living Artists in 2012

Ben Fenske is an established artist from Minnesota who has been working in Sag Harbor, New York, and Florence, Italy for the last seven years. As an oil painter in the spirit of the 19th and 20th-century impressionists, he often chooses informal and contemporary scenes with an implied narrative. His work features brash and suggestive brushstrokes with delightful colors. Fenske regularly exhibits across the US. He has been the subject of countless national articles, notably the American Artist Magazine, which included him as one of the Best 25 Living Artists in 2012.