Art Academy
Art Academy of Westchester
Traditional Fine Arts Instruction: Drawing, Painting, Clay Sculpting and Multi-media

Atelier Method of Instruction

"Atelier method" is a form of fine art instruction modeled after the historic 19th century private art studios of Europe. This method of art tuition is based on the transfer of skills and knowledge from an experienced educator who is accomplished both as an artist and as an art instructor. A discipline-based fine art education, it is centered on realism and the acquisition of skills that are fundamental in the understanding of all other artistic styles. Drawing and painting from direct observation are at the core of our teachings and they contribute to the enhancement of the student’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities.

Art Academy of Westchester
145 Palisade Street #401
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Tel (914) 844-9063


Helen Elliott

Helen Elliott has a bachelors degree in Art History from De Montford University in the UK and is a practicing artist specializing in oil painting. Helen works as head teacher and art specialist at Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center in Irvington and is the program director for RiverArts SummerArts Workshops. She has worked with children K-7 and adults through various organizations including The Irvington Children’s Center, Westchester Community College, WAEYC Workshops, RiverArts and through her private studio.

Vicente Saavedra

An award winning artist, Saavedra holds a MA from New York University and a BA from UMASS Boston. He attended the Sorbonne and the IEP in Paris and is currently an Art Faculty member at The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry. He has been exhibiting in Westchester and Manhattan since 1999 and has been teaching since 1992, sharing experiences in France (Lycee Montaigne) and Venezuela (University of Zulia, Art Faculty). He is a sought after portrait artist and a passionate musician, leading two music duos (French music and Latin American music). He is the founder and director of this school, Art Academy of Westchester. Watch "Leaping Dragon", a 10' x 24' mural at The Masters School: