This is a great place to learn the fundamentals of art as well as to develop and hone the skills of practicing artists. Life drawing and painting is the doorway to almost all other forms of art. As Picasso said: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” The importance of a solid basis in drawing is reinforced by the great artist Ingres when he said: “Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting… Drawing contains everything, except the hue.”

Whether you are interested in Fine Art, Animation, Comics, or doing art as a hobby, Westlake Academy can get you going on the right foot. Get the coaching you need to pursue whatever direction you choose in art. Just like in music where one needs to learn notes, scales and chords et cetera to play successfully; Art is the same thing. It is not just a gift or talent. Much of what is done in Art can be learned and taught. Good teachers make a great difference.

George Paliotto is a professional working artist and educator.  He founded Westlake Academy of Art to provide a place for the training of students who want to pursue their craft and increase their skills in visual art.  George is joined by fellow professional artist, Mark Schwartz, in teaching classes at the atelier.  

We have a strong desire to work with high school, college age and adult students and provide a valuable learning environment for all to thrive. The subjects taught include:

  • Portfolio development/College prep

  • Oil Painting

  • Watercolor Painting

  • Classical Drawing Foundations

  • Life Drawing

Individual lessons  with Mr. Paliotto are also available and scheduled as requested. (rate: $65/hr.)

Please contact us for more information and to register for drawing and painting classes at (805) 807-0566

Learn more about the director of the school, George Paliotto, by going to his website:  georgepaliotto.com

Also find us on Facebook and Instagram. As Westlake Academy of Art

George Paliotto at the C.M. Russell Museum Auction 2015

George Paliotto at the C.M. Russell Museum Auction 2015

Commissioned watercolor by George Paliotto

Commissioned watercolor by George Paliotto

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Plaster Cast of Antiochus III

Plaster Cast of Antiochus III

Attention Home School students: we are pleased to announce that we are now an "Approved Vendor" for Inspire Charter Schools!

We will be offering classes and individual instruction for Home School students and others.  Please call or email to learn about this opportunity. (ages 12 and up)

Nov/Dec Holiday Issue of Westlake Magazine 2017

Nov/Dec Holiday Issue of Westlake Magazine 2017

Beginning Head Drawing Class

Beginning Head Drawing Class

2977 Willow Lane, Thousand Oaks/Westlake

2977 Willow Lane, Thousand Oaks/Westlake

Classroom Demo, charcoal on newsprint--by George Paliotto

Classroom Demo, charcoal on newsprint--by George Paliotto