What makes Ziba gallery stand out compared to other art programs?
When the words can’t speak , colors come! Visual arts are the very strong tools of communication and learning how to use this skill has an impact in our life. No matter if you want to have it as your profession or simply use it as a side skill in your career, it is important to know the alphabet of its language and make the connection with the world in one of most effective ways.
At Ziba Gallery you will experience a professional yet friendly atmosphere working together to pursue a goal or a dream of being a professional artist.All the required connection with each individual will be considered to make sure we have a great plan to get the best result of each project and the final presentations.
Students of Ziba Gallery, from the beginner level to the intermediate and the advanced level will have a professional art portfolio by the end of each semester. To see the impact that a small size Private art class can have on students, please review our students’ artworks
Our philosophy is that everyone is a potential artist. Let’s awaken our inner creative side today.
Oil Painting Methods
One of the mediums you will experience at Ziba Gallery advanced art lessons is Oil Painting. Oil paints consist of pigment suspended in a binder such as linseed oil (from flax seeds), poppy seed oil, walnut oil or sunflower oil. These binder substances are natural and non-toxic. Usually, Turpentine and mineral spirits (paint thinner) are used in oil painting mediums, for thinning and for cleaning brushes.
Oil painting can be done on wood panels, sculptures, wall decorations, fabrics and canvases and has a long history in India and Chinese paintings.Since the end of 15th century Canvas became more popular as it is easier to transport, it is more affordable and it allows larger art works.
Since the process of drying on each layer of painting is long, use oil paint only for adult and experienced students who are in Advance level of our program.Based on hazardous solvent using in traditional oil color, a new generation of oil paints has been developed to appear and work just like the traditional one.
The difference of this new oil color is its ability to thin and clean up with water, which makes it safer to paint in different environments from school to your home. By having its oils, varnishes and mediums you will achieve all oil painting techniques at the end of your artwork.
Watercolor Painting Methods
Watercolor is another medium we are using in our intermediate lessons of artworks. The pigments in this medium are suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. The most traditional way of using watercolor is using it on papers but it can be used on leather , fabric, wood,…
Watercolor (including painting with ink which is referred as brush painting) has mostly been popular and used in Chinese, Korean and Japanese painting.Watercolor has been so popular in book illustration, sketching and architectural drawing since it has the unique ability to summarize, clarify and idealize in full color.
Using watercolor seems easy but to make a presentable watercolor painting you must have enough experience of mixing colors and strong training of how to use and handle your painting brushes.Because of the nature of the watercolor, It can be used as a transparent medium, which creates a unique result for art students to decorate a relaxing area in their home or office.
Acrylic Painting Methods
Acrylic is one of the mediums in the art which is very popular and we use in our Beginner and Intermediate art class .Acrylic paint is a permanent fast dryer paint that can be diluted with water before it is dried. Depends on how much the paint is diluted with water, or modified with media, pastels or acrylic gels the result will be different.You can use acrylic paint on almost any surface from papers to fabrics and canvases.
Acrylic is safe to use for artists with latex allergy, as the latex in acrylic is a synthetic polymer that is completely different from latex rubber.Painting with acrylic can resemble a watercolor, oil painting or its mixed characteristic style.
Acrylic paint can be done in a very high-end professional way while are very suitable for beginners and intermediate art students. Acrylic can be seen as a bridge that connects oil painting to watercolor.Art students who are working with acrylic paints and its methods get a better vision of both oil painting and watercolor painting which gives them a clear idea of what to choose based on their interests.
Pastel Painting Methods
Pastel is our famous starter art medium we use in our art class. Art students use Pastel Papers for their projects.The pigments used in pastels are the same as all colored art media and it comes in dry stick, very easy to use for beginner artists.
The most popular pastels are Soft Pastel and Oil Pastel:
1- Soft Pastels: Brighter with higher pigment which requires glass frame or heavy fixative to prevent smudging.
2- Oil Pastels: Buttery, soft and intense colors, won’t get smudgy and in our art class we use Linseed oil to mix and shade them.
There are other pastels such as Pan Pastels (flat compacts like women’s makeup), Hard pastels (used for drawing and fine details , Pastel pencils ( useful for adding fine details)and Water-soluble pastels ( contain a water-soluble component).
Some of Students Portfolio
By attending our art classes you will be guided step by step to build your portfolio while you are learning all necessary methods of representing your artistic vision.
Nikol Portfolio Portfolio Preparation for University
Pouyan Portfolio Art has expanded my soul, my mind, and my world I learned extremely well how to use pastel, I learned oil painting, I learned some sketching, and other fun ways we did art. Now when I do the same thing with the scribbled page, I find a whole world of fantasy. It’s like I was […]
Elena Portfolio In each class with Dawn, I learn something new and interesting.
Ghazal Portfolio Art is what I do. It’s what I’m good at, and just simply what I love. I started art not knowing even how to draw a simple tree. But now I reach a point that I discovered art doesn’t need talent all it needs is love and potential. And I think that’s what I have. […]
“Once I came across Ziba Gallery’s website, I knew this is the right place. I was caught by the description of holistic and peaceful learning environment. And indeed, at my art lessons with Dawn, I explored different art methods and techniques in a very warm and encouraging environment. Working with Dawn, there is no art task that is too challenging. Dawn is encouraging and at the same time setting high standards, which result with feeling successful, gaining art skills as well as producing impressive art work. I recommend taking art classes with Dawn to everyone who wanted to explore art even if they aren’t sure about their artistic skills. Dawn will make you create art you might never thought you can. “
I became interested in art pretty late in my childhood in my teen years.It came time for me to make the important education choices and I choose to follow the path of art.This art class exceeded my expectations and opened a whole new world of possibilities. It made me realize the significance art can play in you everyday life. From beginning to end there was so much i learned and the progress i made surprised me and everyone else.The one person I am truly grateful to have been taught by is Dawn. She is amazing, not just a teacher but so much more.A true artist an inspiration and a true friend. This class was a trail into a world that I would not have imagined myself to ever be in. All thanks to this class and the creator,Dawn. Thank you ever so much.
Dawn’s method gives you confidence as well as enough knowledge to become an artist. …Being a first time art student seemed dauting but I was surprised with the result after the first coupl of classes at Ziba Gallery. Dawn’s method gives you confidence as well as enough knowledge to become an artist. Her classes are fun, relaxing and certainly professional.Now I am abale to make beautiful master pieces not only to decorate my house with my own art, but also to proudly give them to my friends and family for their birthday or any other important occasion. I definitely recommend Ziba Gallery!
I’m Christina and studying art at Ziba Gallery semi private lessons. I love drawing, I love painting, I love sketching, and these are all things I do. Paintings can be so beautiful and sometimes you think, did I really do that? Of course sometimes the teacher helps you out, but after a while, you get the hang of it and start doing things yourself. In each class with Dawn I learn something new and interesting. I’m learning hoe to take my steps to do beautiful works on my own . It’s so much fun putting paint on a palette and dipping the brush in the colour and be able to express my feelings through my paintings. It’s always great to see the proud faces of my parents when I bring my paintings home and it’s very nice to stare at them in my house . I’m very thankful to my teacher. One day I’m going to be one famous artist, just you wait!