"A Modern Day Atelier"  

The  Atelier was the standard model for training artists from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.  The atelier consisted of a professional master artist working with a small number of students to train them in the visual arts.  The focus is to build strong foundational skills of drawing and painting that will equip students to produce well constructed representational art and pursue their own artistic directions. The Atelier provides a somewhat structured course of study with a low student-to-teacher ratio, providing optimal learning conditions. The training stresses the importance of drawing and enables students to move through a progression from working on  simpler shapes to plaster cast studies and finally working from life on portraits and figures.

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.

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

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 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