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About New Masters Academy

We’re changing the art world. Are you with us?

New Masters Academy is reinventing art education each and every day.
Learn from the best artists in the world for just $35* per month.

A school with a vision.

New Masters Academy is an online fine art institution based out of Newport Coast, California. We challenge the art education establishment by offering superior instruction from some of the world’s best artists all for $35 per month. Our goal is to revolutionize and democratise the existing ineffective and expensive art educational system.The original founders of New Masters Academy sought to improve the way in which art is produced, assessed, and sold. The founders believed, as many others, that the quality of most fine art has suffered tremendously since the time of the Old Masters. In the words of NMA Cofounder, Joshua Jacobo:

“In the absence of a meaningful form of criterion, fine art has lost its compass and has descended into chaos, gimmickry, and academic transcription. Artists have lost a clear sense of the purpose and practice of making fine art and the academia and industry built there around have both accelerated and fueled this collective confusion.”

We believe that in order to improve art on a global scale, we need to reach as many artists around the world as possible. In just a few short months, our reach has grown to include tens of thousands of artists who are all united by a common purpose: to make better art.

A new approach to art education.

New Masters Academy provides a decidedly different form of art education to both new artists and experienced professionals. Drawing is held as the key activity from which all other fine arts are derived. Students are taught how to develop their own compositions from imagination, design figures and environments that work within their concepts, and through a series of stages develop their piece from its rough beginnings to a highly resolved finish. While in training, students are encouraged to work equally from imagination, from life, and from the Old Masters. In this way, students are able to gain the skill and confidence necessary when developing their own work.

Unlike most fine art programs, students do not spend hours creating meticulous renderings of plaster casts, life models on stages, or photographs. Students are not subjected to a overwhelming and unwieldy range of materials and approaches without adequate time to obtain mastery. Instead students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and are taught the practical skills necessary to draw and model from their minds using anatomy and technique to bring their creations to life. For more advanced students New Masters Academy offers training that deal with topics such as workflow, technique, anatomy, and composition.

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New Masters Academy Instructors

Glenn Vilppu New Masters Academy Founding Member, Instructor

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 New Masters Academy Founding Member, Instructor

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.

Ed Fraughton NMA Founding Member

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 NMA Instructor

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.

Charles Hu NMA Instructor

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

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 NMA Instructor

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 NMA Instructor

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.

Bill Perkins Painter, draftsman, art director

Bill Perkins is a fine artist specializing in drawing and painting. During the last 26 years Bill has worked in the animation and film industry on over 30 films, TV shows, DVDs, short films, and video games. His involvement has ranged from art director, production designer, visual development, layout artist, to storyboard artist. He began his film career as a layout artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation on Oliver and Co. and continued on a string of hits Including: Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, and lead layout on the critically acclaimed Rescuers Down Under. As art director on Aladdin, Bill developed the first comprehensive style guide to unify the drawing style of the environments and characters, and solidify the overall continuity of the film. He has since worked on numerous other projects for Warner bros, DreamWorks and ILM.

Mark Westermoe NMA Instructor

Mark Westermoe is a renowned artist, illustrator, and instructor. His professional illustration career rose to prominence when he worked for some of the top advertising houses in Hollywood, including BLT Communications and Seiniger Advertising. You can see his work on many feature film posters such as Braveheart, Total Recall, and Home Alone. Mark teaches using the Reilly Method, which he studied under Fred Fixler, a student of Frank Reilly.