The Classical Art School
of Long lsland
261 Glen Cove Ave.
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
Tel: 516-316-9900



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Kiril Tzotchev
Sculpture ,Drawing and Painting Instructor
Founder & Director

Kiril holds his M.F.A from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria and his B.F.A from the College of Fine Arts in Sofia. He is an experienced sculptor, fine artist and teacher in the classical tradition. His work is on display in museums and private collections in both America and Eastern Europe. Art Institutions Kiril has taught at include; the Nassau County Museum of Art, Art League of Long Island, National Art League,and the Academy of Fine Art in Berlin, Germany. Kiril has over ten years of classical art training, and over twenty years experience as a professional gallery and portrait artist.

Kiril currently also teaches at the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Art League of Long Island.


(Previous Instructor) Steve Lampasona

Watercolor Painting Intructor

Steve Lampasona is an internationally recognized artist who has taught at the Art League of Long Island, and the Nassau Art Museum, as well Colleges and Universities. His work has showed at such prestigious galleries as the Butler  Institute of American Art and more.


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(Previous Instructor) Nicholaus Raynolds

Drawing & Painting Intructor

Nicholas M. Raynolds was born on December 25, 1967 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As a child he gained his first inspiration to become a painter from his Grandfather who was visiting from Germany. It was under this influence that he acquired the fundamentals of seeing and drawing.   Raynolds began his formal studies in art at the age of 15 at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada where he later received his BFA. He continued his studies in Düsseldorf, Germany and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In pursuit of the mastery of his craft, he attended the Academy of Realist Art in Seattle. There he studied with Tony Ryder and Michael Grimaldi. In January of 2001 Raynolds moved to New York City to study with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier and at Studio 126 with Michael Grimaldi.   Raynolds is represented by the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, where he was the “Introductions” artist in July 2005. He has exhibited nationally and abroad. His work can be found in numerous collections, most notably, The Forbes Collection, NY.   He assisted in the decoration of the palace and residence of His Highness Sheik Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, UAE and as an assistant painter to Jeff Koons in New York City. 


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(Previous Instructor) Marie Sheehy Walker P.S.A.


Marie Sheehy Walker is an artist from Long Island, N.Y., presently living in Huntington. Her works include still life, landscapes, and figures - in pastel, watercolor and oil. After receiving her B.F.A. from Rosemont College, Pennsylvania, Marie studied at the Art Students League in New York City under Robert Brackman,Robert Beverly Hale, and Gustav Rehberger.  Marie  Sheehy Walker has been listed in Who's Who in American Art since 1984 and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She has shown in several solo and group exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her work is represented in the Huntington Art Gallery, as well as in many private collections.

(Visiting Instructor) Emily Plassmann
Children Instructor

Emily Plassmann is a recent student of Kirils. Emily had many jobs as teachers assistants in various art classes for children such as at local summer schools and at the youth program at Hofstra University. She has worked on a comissioned piece for a small, local, independant film. SHe has also been displayed at local North Shore galleries and art shows including ones at Grassroots, North Shore High school and Rosalyn School of Painting. Emily is mainly trained in fine arts and worked with oil paint, sculpture, charcoal and conte. She focus' on classical art training and incorporates all her knowlege of her training into her pieces. She is very good with teaching children and designates some of her time helping young students with their artwork and basic training to lead them into a classical art education.


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