Chelsea Classical Studio

Chelsea, New York, New York
(168 Reviews)

Chelsea Classical Studio is a small studio that offers drawing and painting classes, with a focus on improving students' foundations by working on exercises and projects that aim to improve students' weaknesses. The classes are small, from 3-10 people, with individualized curriculums. Most students are looking to improve their skills in drawing or painting the figure and portrait.

Founded by Portrait Artist Brandon Soloff.

The enduring legacy of a fine arts education is not just an appreciation of great accomplishments and styles, but to create a structure to give visual form to what is seen, known and felt, and thus provide a basis from which to develop.

The Chelsea Classical Studio strongly believes that critical thinking and diverse points of view are very important factors in an artist’s education and development. Featuring experienced artists working alongside students and providing instruction, critiques, demonstrations and a constant exchange of ideas, it seeks to bring together visual artists of various mediums, skill levels, backgrounds and ages. Applicants will be carefully considered and chosen based on art experience, education, and a demonstrated passion and willingness to learn.

Expand the depth of artistic education. Artist should study their materials, practice basic skills, and develop personal methods which play into their natural tendencies.


What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse? 
Some of our most popular classes are Constructing and Composing the Figure and the Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting.  

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history? 
We've been in business for three years this 2016. The school was founded by a few painters using a shared teaching space to offer figure drawing classes.  

What is your average class size? 
Our average class size is eight students. 

What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically trying out drawing, some are more advanced and pursuing it as a profession. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
We're right near the High Line.

Reviews of Chelsea Classical Studio

(168 Reviews)

Ellen Z.

Attended: Drawing from Life

Was definitely quick poses. Most of class seemed to be know each other and myself and other person were add ins. Instructor was good giving general tips and spent some time with me. Was pleased

Susan L H.

Attended: Drawing from Life

Pretty good class, instructor very helpful,... only because I haven’t been drawing in such a long time, I found some of the model’s poses hard to capture in a series of gesture drawings. However, I liked the vibe with other students. I enjoyed the class!


Attended: Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting

This was my first drawing classes. The teachers conveyed and illustrated techniques that guide the creation of a drawing.

Israel D.

Attended: Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting

Class is poorly organized with little or no organization and even less instruction. This class is not designed for one who is a beginner, wanting to study freehand drawing and should not be advertised as such.

Kendra B.

Attended: Painting from Life: Alla Prima

This was a very informative class. The instructor gave very useable feedback and came around every 15-20 minutes or so. The other members of the class were friendly, and overall, it was a great environment to work in.

Tricia M.

Attended: Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting

The instructors and fellow classmates were so helpful and encouraging. AWESOME!

Miranda G.

Attended: Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting

I signed up myself and my teenage daughter, whose training in the visual arts courtesy of the NYC public school system has been a real disappointment to me. I wanted my daughter to come away from this thinking "I CAN draw, I just didn't know HOW." That goal was not achieved. While I enjoyed myself--because I've had enough training to pick up a pencil and go, and to be receptive to teacher corrections--my kid was nowhere near ready to do that. She needed, and I expected (from the course description), three hours of active teacher attention in a classroom setting, learning fundamentals of how to see. I understand that the instructor (whom I really liked, and found personable and wise) needs to adjust to the abilities of whoever shows up for class that day; we simply needed a much more structured entry-level experience. I'm sad that I had to walk out halfway through, with a teen who felt frustrated, bored, and is still convinced that she has no artistic ability.

Catherine S.

Attended: Drawing from Life

Excellent instruction

Jodi D.

Attended: Drawing from Life

Great set up for a perfect day of figure drawing. Wonderful teacher to give you great pointers on how to achieve a better view of the figure to draw All in all I would definitely recommend this class

Cynthia P.

Attended: Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting

Brandon was a patient and encouraging teacher!

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526 W 26th St Ste 415, New York, New York 10001
Chelsea Classical Studio
Chelsea, Manhattan
526 W 26th St Ste 415
Btwn 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, New York 10001