The studio also recently opened an in-studio cafe serving Brooklyn roasted coffee.
The cafe is open to anyone who wants to come in and enjoy the space.
Nearly two years ago, the Art Academy opened in Merrick, offering fine art classes for both kids and adults in its beautiful zen studio. The formal training program was created by portrait painter Kevin Murphy.
"I studied with Kevin for several years at his studio in New Jersey and now I'm passing on what I've learned," says James Anzalone, principal of Art Academy of Long Island. "I believe anybody can achieve a high level of work here! I provide a basic set of techniques that can be studied and practiced. Art is a skill that anyone can learn, just like learning to play an instrument."
Once students have access to basic skills, Anzalone aims to pull out their creative side in order to see what they can do with their newfound artistic ability.
"While some people are predisposed to this type of work, talent is absolutely not some magical key ingredient," says Anzalone. "I am trying to create a local community of artists set around this studio, we are constantly growing and adapting."
The Art Academy of Long Island
69 Merrick Ave N
516 605 3600