Instructor Spotlight: Michele Liebler

Michele Liebler began teaching in 2002. She has years of experience teaching courses and workshops at the National Academy Museum & School, Art Students League, teaching assistant; Brooklyn College, Founder and Art Instructor at Artspot, among other places around New York City. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Purchase and her Master in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. Michele Liebler spent her early years working in publishing for Penguin Books and Harper Collins as a graphic designer to support herself as a fine artist. Over the years she has had several solo exhibitions and group shows in New York City. She is a native New Yorker and continues to work in her studio in Brooklyn to produce works of art for her upcoming exhibitions.

Michele Liebler teaches:
HSX 018: Pop Art Painting

Teaching Philosophy:
I tell students that it is important to develop their own visual language. Allow yourself time to experiment with different mediums and techniques to find your own style. Be disciplined, paint every day and let your enthusiasm show through your work. I always share my professional experience with my students to help them grow as artists.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Michele Liebler has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in New York City.


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Instructor Spotlight: Demetrio Belenky

Demetrio Belenky is a figurative artist and teacher. He graduated from FIT and obtained his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, after which he pursued his calling in education. He has taught at FIT, SUNY New Paltz, and Berkeley College. He enjoys a studio practice in Brooklyn, where he lives, works and teaches privately.


Instructor Belenky Teaches:
JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills
JSX 036 Life Drawing for Middle School

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in the universality of art and I communicate to my students its power, global influence and multiculturalism. Art is the great unifier, the language of form and expression and I attempt to translate it into a fun yet educative environment. My goal is to ignite interest for drawing, a passion for painting, an understanding of form and how to visualize it aesthetically. The students learn that

through art, we become more engaged in our world, history and present, our worldview gains sophistication and we grow more attentive to the details and the big picture simultaneously.

Industry Experience:
Creative Director at NPO Open Way

Creative resources at David Yurman


Artwork by Demetrio Belenky: