Decorative Art Classes

Fridays 4:00 – 5:30 First class meet on 09/12/14
Fee: $120/month or $348/semester (12 classes)

Instructor: Vera Lvoff

Decorative Art classes Batik at Renaissance School in Sarasota, FLDuring Decorative Art Classes students will be exposed to a wide field of applied and decorative arts:

  1. Painting on fabric – Batik.
  2. Collage with various materials. 
  3. Small form sculpture. 
  4. Decorative painting. 
  5. Quilling.
Learning process will be friendly and exciting to everyone. Drawing and composition, color theory and mixing colors, proportions and forms will be discussed through the lessons. Effort of the student plus teacher’s expertise combined must produce few unique projects during the session.
Decorative Art classes will give each student more freedom to express themselves with their own favorite media and create a masterpiece to be proud for many years to come.

Homeschool classes


for Homeschool Kids

Classes start September 8th, 2014 and run for 13 weeks.
Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Tuition fee: $130/month or $35/one 2h class or $415/full semester.

Instructor: Vera Lvoff

Make our excellent art program a part of your home school curriculum. Homeschool classes will provide students with academic content that compliments the theme of each drawing and painting lesson. Besides creating various projects  in many media – drawing, watercolor, acrylic, collage, sculpting – students will immerse into exciting world of art history. Knowledge of art history is important part of humanities. We cover many subjects throughout the year while exploring art concepts such as shading, color, design, perspective, composition, value and more. Home School projects include: nature, animals, still life, human culture and far-away places,  and learning about inspiring master artists! Students will be also introduced to applied art such as fabric painting,  small forms sculpture, quilling. There is no critique or competition so students can openly explore art in a safe environment. ENROLL HERE OR CALL 941-330-6865 for registration.

Watercolor painting workshops

2014/2015 SCHEDULE

With nationally recognized artist and classical instructor Vladislav Yeliseyev

Tuition Fee: $185/3-day workshop

ALL BASICS for the beginners
January 8 – 10 Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

January 22 – 24 Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

February 19 – 21 Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

Descriptions are coming soon!

Enroll here or call 941-330-6865.

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Landscape Painting workshops

Landscape Painting workshops with Vladislav Yeliseyev

November 13 – 15, 2014 Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
February       5 – 7, 2015 Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 Vlad plein airThis 3-day workshop is for artists of all levels and all media. Oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic are welcome. Vladislav will work with you individually at your easel to address compositional and color issues, and will provide careful critique. You will complete at least two paintings.

Vladislav believes that drawing well will be the foundation of any good painting. First day you have to expect to work in his Studio and polish your sketching techniques. The major emphasis for this day is composition, proportion, and perspective.

Second and Third day – Learn to create vibrant and visually stunning landscapes by studying values, quality of light and shadow, and time of the day will be addressed. We will work outside on plein air. En plein air  is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting on the ground”) in French. 

Lesson, demonstration and individual instructions are the parts of this structured workshop.

Location and the list of materials will be emailed to you after the registration. Below are the samples of Vladislav’s recent plein air landscape paintings in watercolor. See more…

Tuition Fee: $185

Enroll here or call 941-330-6865

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Painting class – Paint your own masterpiece

Acrylic Painting class

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Instructor: Vera Lvoff

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: $40 per class. Students will need to bring their own materials and ideas. First class meet on 09/12/14. Take as many classes as you need to complete the artwork.

Painting your own masterpiece is a painting class for creative beginners, who are brave enough to create a beautiful art project. Bring your own inspiration, your favorite color pallet and ideas, and you will be surprised how easy will be the actual painting process! Size of the canvas is not important, you choose what you like and hurry up to sign. With natural ability to create and some help from the teacher, each student will bring home a masterpiece!

You will be learning about the materials, different styles, color theory; designing, sketching in pencil and panting the future masterpiece. Every participant will choose their own canvas size, artistic style and color pallet to create the very unique piece which will be a great addition to the living space of your home, dining room, kitchen, kids room or office. The instructor will guide you through the whole process helping to make the right artistic decisions.

ENROLL HERE OR CALL 941-330-6865.

Cityscape Drawing workshop


Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
The emphasis of this drawing workshop is cityscape perspective.The students will focus on perspective, design, tonal value and line quality working from the photograph. Improvements in your  drawing/sketching skills are guaranteed! This class is open to those new to drawing and to advanced artists, and both teens and adults are welcome.

Day and time TBA

Fee: $45 – advanced registration, $60 – at the door.
Registration and payment are available online or by calling 941-330-6865.

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Date of workshop

TERMS AND POLICY: Space is limited to 8 participants. Advanced registration and payment are required. The fee does not include art materials. The list of materials will be provided to you after the registration. We reserve the right to cancel  Workshop due to insufficient enrollment. If we cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund of the fee paid for this workshop. If you cancel the registration more than 7 days in advance, you will receive a full refund. No refunds or credits after that. Workshops and special events not meeting enrollment minimums will be cancelled one to two days before the scheduled date.

Why us?

Why Us?

•    Renaissance School of Art has been selected for the 2013 Best of Sarasota Award in the Art Instruction and Schools category by the Sarasota Award Program.
•    Small classes – groups of 4 to 7 students.
•    Professional Art Instructors with Master’s Degree in Fine Art
•    Individual attention
•    NO silly projects!
•    Beautiful and inspiring studio
•    Convenient location

Summer camp week one

Morning class: This week kids are learning Batik technique. Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practiced for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.

Day 1 – Designing the pattern

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Day 2 – Stretching the fabric and outlining the design

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Last day of camp

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Student of the month Becky Noble

MARCH 2014

Becky Noble at Renaissance1.    What is your background? When I was young, my parents would load the whole family up in the car and we would drive all over the United States to the places where my father would lecture. After graduation, I spent four years living and working at a school aboard two Tall Ships, traveling the Caribbean and Europe.  I moved to Sarasota in my twenties to help the school’s owners develop international travel adventure and community service programs for teens. Visiting different locations, learning about other cultures and taking in spectacular landscapes has been a big part of my life that I attempt to bring into my artwork.
2.    Did you study art before?  When I was a young girl, I enjoyed drawing horses, but I never had any formal art instruction. Studying at the Renaissance School of Art is the first time I’ve been able to concentrate on developing my drawing and painting skills.
Students tonal watercolor study3.    Why did you decide to study classical drawing and/or watercolor?
While traveling in Europe, we visited most of the major art museums. I learned to appreciate the works of the masters, particularly those from the Renaissance period and wanted to learn that style of drawing and painting.
4.    Why did you choose art program at Renaissance School of Art?
I was invited to a Watercolor party at the Renaissance School of Art. Vlad made all of us feel like we could become good artists if we continued to paint. I was given the opportunity to take the drawing class in the fall and have continued with watercolor classes. I learn something new every time.
Students landscape watercolor5.    What subject do you like to paint and why? What influences your art? I enjoy painting just about anything that presents a challenge. I love being outside, so landscapes are a natural choice. I didn’t realize that I would enjoy painting still life until we painted some in class. Now I’m amazed at how beautiful you can make simple objects appear with the right tones and colors. Most of the subjects that I choose to paint are those that bring back memories of places I have been.
6.    What is your favorite media? Watercolor has become my favorite media, although I still use acrylics and pastels from time to time. It’s easier to make mistakes when painting with watercolors, but those mistakes sometimes end up making the painting more appealing.
7.    How often you paint? I paint three or four times a week and try to paint outside at least once every week.
watercolor Becky Noble8.    Did you show your paintings publicly? I joined the Light Chasers, the local Plein Art group, and paint with them whenever I can. When I paint outside, people who happen to walk by often ask to look at what I’m working on. In January, I participated in my first art show, the Light Chasers Annual Paint-Out and Show. 
9.     What are your future goals? I plan to continue studying drawing and painting. I would like to show my paintings in public more frequently and perhaps even sell some of my artwork.
10.     Do you have any advice for our students?  Look at each class as an opportunity to learn something more about the media with which you are working, whether it is pencil drawings or watercolor paintings. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s what makes each of our pieces of art unique. If you keep working, you will become a better artist.


Art show Sarasota

February 5, 2014
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Hideaway webParadise in Season:

New Works by Beverly A. Smith,

Vladislav Yeliseyev and Joseph Palmerio

March 14-April 30 • Celery Barn in Towles Court

The exhibit includes abstract and impressionistic landscapes in oil and watercolor.

Art show Sarasota, FL.  “Paradise in Season: New Works by Beverly A. Smith, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Joseph Palmerio” runs March 14 through April 30 at the Celery Barn in Towles Court, 266 South Links Avenue, Sarasota. The exhibit includes abstract and impressionistic landscapes in oil and watercolor. The artists who represent themselves in this show will be available on opening weekend March 14-15, 10 – 6 pm with a life painting demonstration by Vladislav Yeliseyev on March 15 at 2 p.m. A reception, with artists, is March 21, 6-9 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 941-330-6865.

Beverly A. Smith has been a teacher, coach, mother, exercise physiologist but now devotes most of her time to creating art. “My expressionistic work is intuitive,” says Smith. “As I add more paint, movement, shape and texture to the work, it develops itself and becomes a painting. The experience is not a deliberate, intellectual one—but a journey, from beginning to end. I enter the painting feeling like climbing in and tiptoeing around. This is how I get the depth in my work by experiencing it first hand. I become part of the painting.” Smith says she’s been continuing her studies at the Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, where she’s concentrating on anatomy and figure drawing. She also studies at The Southern Atelier in Bradenton. The works in this exhibit will be abstract expressionist and impressionistic landscapes in oil. For more information about Smith, visit

Classically trained, Vladislav Yeliseyev combines an artist’s eye with an architect’s observation. After graduating in fine art from Moscow School of Arts, Yeliseyev earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1983. “My every work is a manifest of light existence. Understanding the nuances of light is a matter of life and death in landscape painting,” he says. Vladislav’s works won numerous awards at the juried art competitions in the United States and Russia. To share his passion and expertise, Vladislav founded the Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota where he teaches a formal curriculum and educates his students in classical drawing and painting. In this exhibition, Vladislav will show his most recent plein air works in watercolor and oil painted in Florida and France. For more information about Vladislav Yeliseyev, visit

Joseph Palmerio is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia Pa. His work is part of numerous private collections throughout the country, including the Coville collection in Sarasota, the Grant collection in Reston Va., and the Havard collection in Philadelphia. Palmerio has exhibited in the Coutts Museum in Kansas as one of the top “100 National Parks Artists,” and has completed large murals for the city of Philadelphia, the Acme Market Corporation in Great Valley, Pa., and Motivation Inc. in the Orlando Airport. Palmerio has served as artist-in-residence for the Everglades National Park and the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. He teaches painting and plein air techniques privately and holds workshops up and down the east coast. Palmerio will exhibit butterfly abstractions and landscapes in this show. For more information, visit