About New Masters Academy
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New Masters Academy is reinventing art education each and every day.
Learn from the best artists in the world for just $35* per month.
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
Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya Mirochnik immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with his family. From a young age, Iliya pursued training in the arts. In 2013, he completed his studies in St. Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting. In his paintings he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and awards both in the United States and in Russia, winning the “First Place” award in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Iliya has exhibited within the United States and abroad, including two solo exhibitions, in New York City and Salzburg, Austria. In 2015 Iliya was selected to develop his design for a public monument for Iconbay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm. Iliya Mirochnik is currently a Visiting Full-Time Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design where he teaches painting and drawing in the Illustration Department.
Glenn Vilppu is an internationally renowned draftsman, painter, and instructor whose books and DVDs are used by universities, art schools and independent students around the world. Vilppu has had at least 20 one-man shows, and is represented in collections throughout the U. S., Canada and Europe. Vilppu’s approach to teaching drawing has become the standard for professional artists and imitated by numerous teachers and applied by the tens of thousands of students of his teaching. Vilppu brought his approach to traditional figure drawing and composition to bear in the Animation industry for over 20 years on both feature and shorts for all of the major studios
Steve Huston is an internationally renowned painter and draftsman. Huston was born and raised in Alaska. He studied at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, while working construction each summer to pay his tuition. Even before graduating with his BFA, Huston began illustrating for such clients as Caesar’s Palace, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios among others. Huston began teaching life drawing and painting, composition and anatomy; first at his alma mater, then at the Disney, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks Studios. He began his career as a fine artist in 1995, winning top prizes at the California Art Club Gold Medal Show that year and the following. Huston continues exhibiting his work widely.
Edward J. Fraughton is an American artist, sculptor and inventor, primarily known for his epic monumental works and individual collector editions. Fraughton works to create sculpture that is both monumental in scale and that inspires its viewer to move around it, experiencing it from many different angles. He most often creates images based on wildlife and heroic historical subjects. In addition to his many commissions throughout the United States, including the Mormon Battalion Monument in San Diego, California’s Presidio Park, and the Spirit of Wyoming in Cheyenne, Fraughton is a founding member of the National Academy of Western Art and a longtime member of the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists. He has exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as the Whitehouse in Washington, D.C., and at the Prix de West.
Juliette Aristides is a realist painter and founder of the Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA. She teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of several books, including The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier and Lessons in Classical Drawing. Aristides is a frequent contributor to Artists Magazine and her work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. She exhibits in one person and group shows nationally.
A sculptor of international acclaim, David Simon’s career has ranged from sculpting life-size portraits and figures to overseeing construction of massive bronze statues, including the giant Leonardo da Vinci Horse project. David created maquette and sculptures for films such as Where the Wild Things Are, Fantastic Four, and Watchmen, and holds private workshops abroad and in his Los Angeles studio.
Charles Hu is a figure painter and instructor. His commissions include portrait paintings, character design for pitches, a mural for a food convention in Chicago and comic books for the movie End of the Spear. He has been exhibited at Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach. He received his BA from Art Center College of Design. He has been teaching figure drawing and painting at Associates in Art and L.A. Academy of Figurative Arts. Currently Charles teaches at Art Center College of design, Gnomon school of visual effects, and Art Institute of California/Orange County.
Johanna Schwaiger started to learn sculpting in Austria at the age of 15, when she enrolled the HTL technical school for professional crafts and arts of the sculpture department in Hallein. She learned wood carving stone carving and clay modelling. After graduating, Johanna studied Art History for four years at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg with an emphasis on baroque sculpture. During her studies as an Art Historian Johanna took onto several commissions for figurative sculpture for private use and memorials for public spaces, such as town squares, graveyards, portraits and a café house in Chicago.
At the age of 26, Johanna decided to deepen her understanding of the human form and went to Florence, Italy for three years to study classical sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art. After finishing her studies, Johanna was invited to the Fine Art Center in New York Sag Harbor, where she taught portrait and figurative sculpting for one year. She then returned to Austria where she started to show her work at the Galerie Schloss Wiespach in Salzburg and became part of a group of sculptors that show frequently figurative sculptures at the Sculpture Center “Kunstinsel”. Later that year Johanna was invited to be one of the forty worldwide selected sculptors who created the biggest Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Mumbai India. Since 2014, Johanna works as an instructor at the sculpture school HTBLA in Salzburg where she teaches figurative sculpture and nude drawing.
Joe Weatherly is a Southern California based artist specializing in the drawing and painting of animals. His style is bold and vigorous capturing the essence and drama of the subjects he draws and paints. Weatherly has published several books on animal drawing, including: The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals, Animal Essence: the Art of Joe Weatherly, and the Joe Weatherly Sketchbook. He has also taught drawing at Nickelodeon Animation, Dreamworks Feature Animation, Universal Studios, Art Center, Laguna College of Art and Design, and The Academy of Art in San Francisco. Conservation of the natural world is something Joe is very passionate about and hopes his work will motivate people to protect it and promote its survival.
Heather Lenefsky is an alla prima painter with an energetic and kinetic style. Her love of painting seduced her away from a successful dental career into a passionate career in art. Her desire to paint and her love of animals has evolved into her most popular commission request; the beloved pet portrait. Her appetite for artistic growth lead her to Encinitas, CA in 2015 for intensive study at The Watts Atelier of the Arts. Having solidified her reputation and skills, NMA invited her to teach the basics in the Beginner Series as well as a Pet Portraiture series in oil paints.