Prima Materia Institute

Education Center  in San Diego , CA

3350 Sports Arena Blvd Suite A
San Diego , CA , 92110
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA
  • Education Center in San Diego, CA

Prima Materia Institute

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5 5 5 5 5
San Diego
Apr 18, 2020

I could not draw before I spent a few hours with Olya for the introduction to drawing. It turns out I was just never taught some basic skills on how to see and to replicate what you are seeing. Then I took Nikusha's 12 week drawing course. In three months people think I've been drawing forever. They say, I can't draw like you can. Before I could only draw stick people. They are the real deal. They teach from classical principles, the foundations so you can expand wherever you want to go. They are genuine and give you important feedback to improve how you see and how to apply it. I can't wait to do more and have found my first passion.

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5 5 5 5 5
Jan 29, 2019

I attended a wonderful workshop with Nikusha on Sunday January 20.
She was totally prepared and enthusiastic for the class to have a great painting.
My only criticism is that the class ended too soon!
Hope to see you all next year!

Prima Materia Institute comment

Thank you Corinne! Glad you enjoyed the class. Your portrait turned out amazing! See you next year (maybe sooner as we have the Portraits in Pieces in February ;) )

5 5 5 5 5
Dec 30, 2018

I attended Olya's workshop on December 28th. This was my first class at Prima Materia. I totally enjoyed this class and Olya's relaxed, encouraging and positive style of instruction. The day flew by because of the fast pace and high quantity of paintings we all produced. We had no time to overthink or become self-conscious about our art. It all ended up drawing out the best in each of us, coming away with many unique works of art. Highly recommend!

Prima Materia Institute comment

It's great to hear what you've gotten out of the Prima Materia Workshop. We look forward to seeing you back in the studio!

If you loved the painting workshop, I invite you to our Foundation Drawing Workshop! Let us know if you want to learn more.

San Diego
5 5 5 5 5
Dec 29, 2018
San Diego

Ulya is an amazing instructor, probably the best of the 10 I've painted with these last 3 decades.  She moves the one-day workshop along effortlessly, with grace, humor and encouragement for all. I learned new techniques, but mostly I discovered that I don't need days, weeks, or months to complete a painting. Ulya stresses freedom with the paintbrush and lack of self-judgement., so student confidence gets a big boost. One of my favorite aspects of yesterday's workshop was seeing over 100 paintings completed by classmates.  We 11 created 10 small paintings each, and no two were even close to being the same..  The Prima Materia staff works very well together. My first experience was easy from day one.  I've signed up for 1/2 price classes  (a workshop offer) and will continue to explore the many options available.  Thanks to all for the wonderful day.

Prima Materia Institute comment

Thank you so much for your feedback, we're glad you enjoyed the Prima Materia Workshop. We look forward to seeing you back in the studio!

Milford, MA USA
5 5 5 5 5
Dec 2, 2018
Milford, MA USA

I have taken a range of art classes from a range of teachers in the past and this class and teacher, Nikusha, far and away exceed any I have done before.  To begin, Nikusha was so open and friendly and made everyone feel not only welcome, but capable.  Art can be intimidating, and we all tend to have such strong inner critics.  Nikusha reminded us that nothing we did was wrong, there were no wrong answers, no wrong ways to draw, everything was individual and personally interpreted, which made it absolutely right.  Her teaching style was accessible and easy to understand.  She checked in with each of us throughout the class to comment on something she loved about our work, and include some helpful tip.  She was encouraging and very interested in each student, asking engaging and thoughtful questions.  I am really looking forward to signing up for my next class!!!  

Thank you Nikusha and Prima Materia!!!

Prima Materia Institute comment

Loved your energy and willingness to play. Your drawing was great and I could see you were really paying attention. You can keep drawing every day at least a quick sketch using the techniques you learned. On the 16th of December is our Learn to Paint in One Day Prima Materia workshop where you will learn everything you need to know to paint anything you choose. So reserve your spot today and be on the way to becoming the artist you have always dreamed of being. See you in the studio. Team Prima Materia

San Diego, CA USA
5 5 5 5 5
Nov 25, 2018
San Diego, CA USA

Prima Materia is a great discovery! I purchased a 3-hour Fundamentals of Drawing class on Groupon. Our instructor, Nikusha was attentive, encouraging, and created a safe setting for us to work on drawing skills and take risks. After class was over (and my brain was full), I went home,  displayed my sketch, and signed up for another class.  What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Prima Materia Institute comment

You did a really great drawing and we encourage you to keep drawing every day at least a quick sketch using the techniques you learned. And on the 16th of December is our Learn to Paint in One Day Prima Materia workshop where you will learn everything you need to know to paint anything you choose. So reserve your spot today and be on the way to becoming the artist you have always dreamed of being. See you in the studio. Team Prima Materia

Escondido, CA USA
5 5 5 5 5
Nov 5, 2018
Escondido, CA USA

I so enjoyed the Flowers by Kushner class taught by Olya last Sunday.  Not only was she informative on his style and helping us understand his process...she was very encouraging of our interpretations of Kushner.  Super fun, informative and I walked away with a piece of art I really like...and learned a new way to paint.  Thank you!

Prima Materia Institute comment

Thanks so much Denise! We're glad you enjoyed the class. If you want to get EVEN MORE techniques - take the Prima Materia Workshop! You'll learn 10 different painting techniques.

Escondido
4 4 4 4 4
Oct 23, 2018
Escondido

I attended the Intro to Art on a Saturday taught by Natishka, and she did a great job teaching us how to see like a true artist, and see objects from the perspective of light, composition, and perspective in order to recreate it on paper with whatever medium we use.   It's a class that every artist beginner or experienced can use to constantly retrain the eye and brain.

Prima Materia Institute comment

Thanks, Darrow for your comments. The ability to see your subject as shapes created by the light, shadow and point of view of the creator is critical to getting your drawing to "work" and be convincing for your viewer.

And if you liked the drawing workshop you will definitely want to mark your calendar for the next Learn to Paint workshop. This all-day workshop does for painting and color what the drawing fundamentals workshop does for drawing.

Looking forward to seeing you back in the studio soon.

5 5 5 5 5
Aug 20, 2018

I participated in the pencil drawing class taught by Nitiska.. it was a fabulous class, a unique experience, and a lot of fun. I was amazed at how easily she was able to turn each of us into an artist. She taught us techniques in an experiential way, not  at all the pedantic. I had such a good time and felt very positive about my capabilities as an artist, even though I'm not particularly talented, I feel capable of expressing myself as an artist now.

Prima Materia Institute comment

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. Now that you can draw, consider joining us for our Learn to Paint workshop where you will learn all you need to know to paint anything you choose in one day. Think about it, spend one Sunday and wake up the next morning ready to paint a landscape or an abstract or a still life with confidence and joy. See you in the studio.

San Diego, CA USA
5 5 5 5 5
Aug 20, 2018
San Diego, CA USA

I took the 3 class Introduction to Drawing on a Saturday afternoon. The teacher was very encouraging, nonjudgmental, and gave frequent support and demonstrations to explain a concept. There was an eclectic mix of people in the class a a variety of ages which I liked. I learned a lot and the time flew by. Looking forward to part 2.

Prima Materia Institute comment

Now you know what it takes to create a convincing drawing, now you are ready to jump into painting, color and form. Join us for our Learn to Paint workshop the last Sunday of each month. See you there.

5 5 5 5 5
Jul 30, 2018

This studio and the teachers are very uniquely special. I took the "learn to paint in one day" workshop yesterday. It blew my mind. Literally. Don't be intimidated by the idea of a 6 hour class. It felt like 5 minutes.  There's a significant discount for multiple people and it's a fun day to do with friends and family. I paid full price and it was worth every cent; in fact it's worth twice the price. Several people were actually taking the class for a second time. I will as well. Reviews are nice but experiences are what matter. Check it out for yourself :)

Prima Materia Institute comment

Thanks for the comments. We enjoyed having you at the workshop. Can't wait to see your individual flavor of art as you continue with us developing your unique style of art making.


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Featured review

Featured review
5 5 5 5 5
San Diego
Apr 18, 2020

I could not draw before I spent a few hours with Olya for the introduction to drawing. It turns out I was just never taught some basic skills on how to see and to replicate what you are seeing. Then I took Nikusha's 12 week drawing course. In three months people think I've been drawing forever. They say, I can't draw like you can. Before I could only draw stick people. They are the real deal. They teach from classical principles, the foundations so you can expand wherever you want to go. They are genuine and give you important feedback to improve how you see and how to apply it. I can't wait to do more and have found my first passion.

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Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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