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My name is Marina Bichinsky.
I love art and can do everything possible and impossible by hands and computer-generated visual art programs. I entered the pasture of visual arts 25 years ago and although my professional occupations and preferences have been changed, combined, replaced, and extended during my life, they have been always associated with the fine art, graphic art, and illustration.
I was raised in artistic family. My grandfather was a writer and journalists and my mother is an artist. As a child of five years old I was brought by my mom to Gulyaev’s Art Studio and I am proud to say that this famous Ukrainian artist and master-teacher involved me in the marvelous world of fine art and led me through all steps of development knowledge and skills needed to be accomplishment artist.
Later in high-school, I was selected to participate in a federally-funded program for the Gifted and Talented in Visual Art School. During 4 years of study, I learned world art history and created thousands drawing and paintings in a variety of styles and techniques.
After graduating the high school, I won a huge competition and was admitted as a student of the Architectural department of the Kiev Architectural Civil University, where I spent another 5 years to study architectural concepts, forms, and structures while applying my art skills to exciting projects. Moving to United States with my family, I took portfolio of my art and architectural works, which opened doors for me and provided me with an opportunity to work as an architect and graphic artist since the first year of living in my new homeland (1993).
In 2001, I decided to continue my art education and portfolio of works created in my native land and in America provided me with an opportunity to be admitted and become one of most talented artists and illustrators, chosen by the director of the most extraordinary Master degree program of Visual Communication, offered by Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY).
Portrait of David Hoffman, Oil on canvas,
students work, illustration for
Texas session, 2002.
In master classes, we learned from each other and worked with the best illustrators of the word: Murray Tinkelman and Cris Payne, Dave Passalaqua and Sano Kazu (Kazuhini), Bunny (Alice) Carter and Bob d’Sey, I worked with “Pixar” guru and creator of “Dreamwork” company. I love to learn new skills and have learned new styles and techniques all the time. This love has inspired my beloved students, whom I have tough during last decade, to do the same. There is no place for drilling, there is place for development own vision and creativity through excitement and fun.
I have traveled around the globe while presenting my art in numerous exhibitions and have seen the most beautiful places of our planet. Reflections of my vision were presented on all five continents.
I hope that study in Doctoral level will teach me to be more knowledgeable in management and leadership substance, which bring a fresh air to my business. That is why, after 5 years of graduation as MA in Visual Communication, I went Phoenix University to learn from experiences of my instructors and peers while pursuing the Doctoral degree in Management.
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Face time is very important in an art school education. If you're going to invest in going to art school, then you'll want to have plenty of access to your professors and resident artists so that you can ask questions, learn from them, and interact with other creative professionals.
1:6 ratio of teachers to students in Living Art.
As an art student, your art school's studio will be a very important learning environment that can help to foster creativity, camaraderie and challenge you as an artist to explore new artistic mediums.
Having steady access to a studio is an important part of the art school experience. If, during your research you discover that your potential art school does not offer studio space, or only offers very limited studio access, you might want to consider going elsewhere.
Studio Space (fully equipped and all materials includded in tuition) is available to each student's needs in Living Art
As a student, one of the biggest things you are paying for is access to quality and qualified instructors who are experts in their field.
You wouldn't want to pay for classes about cooking taught by somebody who had never cooked, and you won't want to invest in an art school led by people without an art pedigree.
Look into the background and education of your potential professors and teachers. If they are high-quality art instructors, then their biographies should reflect that training. A good art professor should be able to demonstrate an ability to instruct art classes authoritatively by pointing to his or her own art background and education.
Choosing and getting into art school can be tricky enough. Finding one with accessible teachers, studio space (and equipment), and qualified instructors will all help you get your art career off to the best start possible.
Marina Bichinsky, MFA (principle instructor) -
MA in Visual Communication, Syracuse University, NY 2003;
MA in Architecture, KSU, UK 1997;
Doctor in Management from Phoenix University, AZ 2011
Dr. Jane Goretskaya, EDD (school principal, curriculum developer, visiting professor) -
Doctor of Education, Phoenix University, AZ 2005;
MA in Visual Communication, Syracuse University, NY 2001;
MA in Architecture, KSU, UK 1975;
Don't underestimate a child's ability to understand the fundamentals. These fundamental concepts are usually taught at a higher level of learning. Living Art Studio believes the sooner a student understands the basic fundamental concepts, the more prepared they will be to take one more challenging artistic ideas later in life, with greater execution and more satisfying results.
Along with understanding composition, our goal over time is for our students to begin to develop a style that will later distinguish himself or herself from other artist. The sooner a student begins the greater chance this will happen at an earlier age.
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