Boris

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Boris

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Boris Ostrerov

Boris Ostrerov earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. While in school, he learned to paint and draw both representationally and abstractly with various mediums. In the last three years he has taught art classes to beginners. He creates a comfortable environment and uses his ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulate and demonstrate approaches and techniques to painting and drawing. He believes art is a rewarding hobby and that everyone has the potential to improve their artistic skills and exercise their creativity through visual art.

Ostrerov has exhibited his work in Chicago and New York including showing at Paris London Hong Kong (PLHK), Lubov, Tory Folliard, and the Portrait Society in Milwaukee. He has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings #119.

ABOUT THIS TEACHER

Boris Ostrerov earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. While in school, he learned to paint and draw both representationally and abstractly with various mediums. In the last three years he has taught art classes to beginners. He creates a comfortable environment and uses his ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulate and demonstrate approaches and techniques to painting and drawing. He believes art is a rewarding hobby and that everyone has the potential to improve their artistic skills and exercise their creativity through visual art.

Ostrerov has exhibited his work in Chicago and New York including showing at Paris London Hong Kong (PLHK), Lubov, Tory Folliard, and the Portrait Society in Milwaukee. He has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings #119.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

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    Amy F.
    Reviewed on 04/03/19

    I learned a lot about abstract painting and watercolor techniques. I had a lot of fun and got to try my own abstract painting. :)

    I learned a lot about abstract painting and watercolor techniques. I had a lot of fun and got to try my own abstract painting. :)

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    Diane B.
    Reviewed on 04/01/19

    Boris is an extremely talented artist and instructor. These are qualities that normally do not go together. He has mastered both of them. He explained the basics of the medium, showed us techniques in watercolors, let us practice each one and then incorporate each into a final landscape. He was informative and encouraging. I was pleased with the information I learned and proud of my painting.

    Boris is an extremely talented artist and instructor. These are qualities that normally do not go together. He has mastered both of them. He explained the basics of the medium, showed us techniques in watercolors, let us practice each one and then incorporate each into a final landscape. He was informative and encouraging. I was pleased with the information I learned and proud of my painting.

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    Leslie M.
    Reviewed on 03/16/19

    Boris is an excellent teacher! We really enjoyed learning a few techniques and the challenge of replicating one of Boris’ painting. Highly recommended and I’m going back for part two!

    Boris is an excellent teacher! We really enjoyed learning a few techniques and the challenge of replicating one of Boris’ painting. Highly recommended and I’m going back for part two!

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    Amy F.
    Reviewed on 02/22/19

    It was really fun, and I learned a lot about Watercolor painting.

    It was really fun, and I learned a lot about Watercolor painting.

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    Kelly O.
    Reviewed on 02/13/19

    Boris was great. He was super helpful and personable. I have very little experience with watercolors, and could already tell that with his tips and techniques, along with a little practice, I could start to hone my skills.

    Boris was great. He was super helpful and personable. I have very little experience with watercolors, and could already tell that with his tips and techniques, along with a little practice, I could start to hone my skills.

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    Anjali G.
    Reviewed on 02/10/19

    Great class especially for beginners! First learned some basics but got to do a real watercolor at the end. The venue was great. It was fun!

    Great class especially for beginners! First learned some basics but got to do a real watercolor at the end. The venue was great. It was fun!

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    Tracey L.
    Reviewed on 02/10/19

    This was a great, low-pressure class for neophytes! I really enjoyed it and it made me more confident to explore more techniques using watercolor. I highly recommend this class and Boris Osterov is an excellent teacher.

    This was a great, low-pressure class for neophytes! I really enjoyed it and it made me more confident to explore more techniques using watercolor. I highly recommend this class and Boris Osterov is an excellent teacher.

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    Thomas G.
    Reviewed on 01/26/19

    We had our class at Bru Coffee, which is very close to blue line stop. During first half we learned a few basic tricks. Then we painted a picture during the second half of the class. Boris also introduced to us types of brushes, paints and papers. Overall it was a pleasant and short introduction to watercolor. There will be another class on abstract painting in February and I would love to come back for more!

    We had our class at Bru Coffee, which is very close to blue line stop. During first half we learned a few basic tricks. Then we painted a picture during the second half of the class. Boris also introduced to us types of brushes, paints and papers. Overall it was a pleasant and short introduction to watercolor. There will be another class on abstract painting in February and I would love to come back for more!

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    Mary G.
    Reviewed on 01/26/19

    The class was a fun overview of basic watercolor techniques. Boris was kind and helpful and made the class engaging.

    The class was a fun overview of basic watercolor techniques. Boris was kind and helpful and made the class engaging.

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    Hui Fei Y.
    Reviewed on 01/26/19

    It’s a great course. Boris gave us very clear instructions about how to start watercolor painting. A lot of fun! Strongly recommend this course.

    It’s a great course. Boris gave us very clear instructions about how to start watercolor painting. A lot of fun! Strongly recommend this course.

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    Kristina B.
    Reviewed on 12/03/18

    I've never taken a painting class, and the last time I even dabbled in painting was probably in a high school art class (where I probably got an A just for slapping some paint on a piece of paper). This was a good class to get some beginning techniques under my belt. The teacher was patient and gave good instruction.

    I've never taken a painting class, and the last time I even dabbled in painting was probably in a high school art class (where I probably got an A just for slapping some paint on a piece of paper). This was a good class to get some beginning techniques under my belt. The teacher was patient and gave good instruction.

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    Grace D.
    Reviewed on 10/22/18

    This was a good, basic introductory class for watercolor painting. I enjoyed learning about painting techniques first, then applying these techniques to recreate an image. I would have loved a bit more time to finish the painting at our own pace -- we also ran over time, so the ending felt a little rushed. I definitely recommend for anyone with minimal experience and an eagerness to learn!

    This was a good, basic introductory class for watercolor painting. I enjoyed learning about painting techniques first, then applying these techniques to recreate an image. I would have loved a bit more time to finish the painting at our own pace -- we also ran over time, so the ending felt a little rushed. I definitely recommend for anyone with minimal experience and an eagerness to learn!

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    Sai Suraj K.
    Reviewed on 10/22/18

    Wanted to explore the medium after seeing Maja Wronska's paintings. This was a great experience; we used quality paints and went over different techniques. Ended the class by recreating a painting.

    Wanted to explore the medium after seeing Maja Wronska's paintings. This was a great experience; we used quality paints and went over different techniques. Ended the class by recreating a painting.

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    Allison R.
    Reviewed on 10/21/18

    Fun class! If you have never painted with watercolors before, or even if you have, this was a nice class to appreciate the medium. Boris was super knowledgeable, helpful instructor, and great artist. And the class was at Bru coffee house. Brilliant venue!

    Fun class! If you have never painted with watercolors before, or even if you have, this was a nice class to appreciate the medium. Boris was super knowledgeable, helpful instructor, and great artist. And the class was at Bru coffee house. Brilliant venue!

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    Misha T.
    Reviewed on 06/22/18

    This was a great class and I had a lot of fun! Boris was a great instructor who gave us enough technical instruction and artistic freedom to express ourselves. It was a relaxing class in the back on a coffee shop. we first went through a couple basic watercolor techniques and then drew a prepainted picture. Boris walked us through the techniques and demonstrated, and then gave us the opportunity to practice on our own. Overall great structure and a fun time!

    This was a great class and I had a lot of fun! Boris was a great instructor who gave us enough technical instruction and artistic freedom to express ourselves. It was a relaxing class in the back on a coffee shop. we first went through a couple basic watercolor techniques and then drew a prepainted picture. Boris walked us through the techniques and demonstrated, and then gave us the opportunity to practice on our own. Overall great structure and a fun time!

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    Priya A.
    Reviewed on 05/30/18

    Boris was a great instructor and made sure everyone had a fun experience! Who would have thought there were so many techniques with watercolors!

    Boris was a great instructor and made sure everyone had a fun experience! Who would have thought there were so many techniques with watercolors!

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    Zoey S.
    Reviewed on 04/23/18

    Great experience, not intimidating at all for beginners. Boris clearly loves art and is very patient in explaining the steps and concepts. I had fun!

    Great experience, not intimidating at all for beginners. Boris clearly loves art and is very patient in explaining the steps and concepts. I had fun!

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    Nic S.
    Reviewed on 04/23/18

    5 stars! Very relaxing class where several painting techniques were taught. The wine definitely boosted the relaxing environment! Boris was engaging and consistently checked in with the students to ensure they knew what they were doing. Clearly being the best student i was checked in on often :) left with a Picasso masterpiece and good vibes!

    5 stars! Very relaxing class where several painting techniques were taught. The wine definitely boosted the relaxing environment! Boris was engaging and consistently checked in with the students to ensure they knew what they were doing. Clearly being the best student i was checked in on often :) left with a Picasso masterpiece and good vibes!

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    Jose B.
    Reviewed on 04/23/18

    Went to the first class and learned a good deal of techniques, second class opened my eyes to new and creative ideas with additional mediums to add to the mix.

    Went to the first class and learned a good deal of techniques, second class opened my eyes to new and creative ideas with additional mediums to add to the mix.

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    Trixie F.
    Reviewed on 04/23/18

    This is a great activity to do with friends. It was a lot of fun trying something new and the teacher had a good strategy in breaking down every technique and section of the final painting.

    This is a great activity to do with friends. It was a lot of fun trying something new and the teacher had a good strategy in breaking down every technique and section of the final painting.

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    Ashley K.
    Reviewed on 04/22/18

    The class was a lot of fun and we learned different watercolor techniques.

    The class was a lot of fun and we learned different watercolor techniques.

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    Rachel V.
    Reviewed on 04/22/18

    First time taking a watercolor class! It was a very informative class. I had a lot of fun, it's always great to try something new!

    First time taking a watercolor class! It was a very informative class. I had a lot of fun, it's always great to try something new!

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    Lindsey O.
    Reviewed on 04/09/18

    This was a nice overview of basic watercolor techniques very suitable for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. The first portion of the class we practiced 5 techniques and then we each painted a landscape following a model provided for us by Boris, the instructor. Boris did a nice job of showing us manageable portions to complete before moving on to the next steps.

    This was a nice overview of basic watercolor techniques very suitable for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. The first portion of the class we practiced 5 techniques and then we each painted a landscape following a model provided for us by Boris, the instructor. Boris did a nice job of showing us manageable portions to complete before moving on to the next steps.

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    Jose B.
    Reviewed on 03/30/18

    Fun and relaxing atmosphere, learned great techniques that really sparked the imagination and motivation to learn more about the medium.

    Fun and relaxing atmosphere, learned great techniques that really sparked the imagination and motivation to learn more about the medium.

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    Debbie G.
    Reviewed on 02/24/18

    If you are thinking about signing up - do it! The class is fun and informative. Boris is a great instructor who walks you through the process in an easy beginner friendly manner. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in attending.

    If you are thinking about signing up - do it! The class is fun and informative. Boris is a great instructor who walks you through the process in an easy beginner friendly manner. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in attending.

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    Casey D.
    Reviewed on 02/24/18

    This is a great class and Boris is a detailed and patient instructor. The materials provided were high quality and the instruction around watercolor basics were through and well explained. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking to learn more about how to work with watercolors.

    This is a great class and Boris is a detailed and patient instructor. The materials provided were high quality and the instruction around watercolor basics were through and well explained. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking to learn more about how to work with watercolors.

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    Dawn M.
    Reviewed on 02/08/18

    I highly recommend this class for the watercolor neophyte. The class is well-structured and builds skills from an introduction of materials and tools to beginner painting technique--which when combined will result in a pretty seashore painting. Plenty of license is given for artistic expression, and the pace is generous but not sluggish. This is an excellent class for a small group of friends, but is also approachable for individuals like myself that attend solo. Well worth your money.

    I highly recommend this class for the watercolor neophyte. The class is well-structured and builds skills from an introduction of materials and tools to beginner painting technique--which when combined will result in a pretty seashore painting. Plenty of license is given for artistic expression, and the pace is generous but not sluggish. This is an excellent class for a small group of friends, but is also approachable for individuals like myself that attend solo. Well worth your money.

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    Nani L.
    Reviewed on 02/02/18

    Met some fun people and learned a bit about abstract art. Boris gave us some ideas and let us explore. I'm excited to keep practicing at home

    Met some fun people and learned a bit about abstract art. Boris gave us some ideas and let us explore. I'm excited to keep practicing at home

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    Sue W.
    Reviewed on 01/16/18

    This was a wonderful introduction to watercolor painting. Boris was great and his instructions were easy to follow.
    I really enjoyed this class and will take more.

    This was a wonderful introduction to watercolor painting. Boris was great and his instructions were easy to follow.
    I really enjoyed this class and will take more.

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    Micheli J.
    Reviewed on 11/27/17

    Boris is a very patient and excellent teacher. He is very detailed in his instructions and goes out of his way to answer any questions you may have.

    Boris is a very patient and excellent teacher. He is very detailed in his instructions and goes out of his way to answer any questions you may have.

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    Neda T.
    Reviewed on 11/14/17

    This class is perfect if you've always wanted to try out watercolor painting with quality materials and a knowledgeable teacher. Definitely worth every penny and a lot of fun too!

    This class is perfect if you've always wanted to try out watercolor painting with quality materials and a knowledgeable teacher. Definitely worth every penny and a lot of fun too!

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    Claire H.
    Reviewed on 11/03/17

    This was my second class with Boris and again I really enjoyed myself! I learned the next step in Watercolor basics, as well as additional techniques that I can use in the future.

    This was my second class with Boris and again I really enjoyed myself! I learned the next step in Watercolor basics, as well as additional techniques that I can use in the future.

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    Brittany M.
    Reviewed on 09/17/17

    Class was fun and we learned some very useful watercolor techniques to continue our practice. Great for beginners

    Class was fun and we learned some very useful watercolor techniques to continue our practice. Great for beginners

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    Alex M.
    Reviewed on 07/20/17

    Boris is very knowledgeable with water coloring. He held a comfortable, relaxed class and packed a lot of information into 3 hours. I walked away from the class feeling grateful for the various techniques I'd been shown.

    Boris is very knowledgeable with water coloring. He held a comfortable, relaxed class and packed a lot of information into 3 hours. I walked away from the class feeling grateful for the various techniques I'd been shown.

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    Claire H.
    Reviewed on 07/17/17

    I loved Watercolor Basics! Boris had a great structure to the class and introduced us to a variety of beginner styles. Overall, the class was really fun, informative, and inspiring!

    I loved Watercolor Basics! Boris had a great structure to the class and introduced us to a variety of beginner styles. Overall, the class was really fun, informative, and inspiring!

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    Sônia R.
    Reviewed on 05/12/17

    This class was awesome. Lot of fun! The teacher is very patient and let us very free to create. Would love to make other classes, unfortunately I don't live here and I am going back home. :(

    This class was awesome. Lot of fun! The teacher is very patient and let us very free to create. Would love to make other classes, unfortunately I don't live here and I am going back home. :(

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    Tamasin F.
    Reviewed on 05/02/17

    Fun, laid-back way to try out a new hobby! Boris was super organized and took us very carefully from beginners to first painting. He patiently answered all our questions and I never felt lost. I also loved his music selections!

    Fun, laid-back way to try out a new hobby! Boris was super organized and took us very carefully from beginners to first painting. He patiently answered all our questions and I never felt lost. I also loved his music selections!

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    Marlie P.
    Reviewed on 04/23/17

    Boris is very knowledgeable about watercolor! My friend and I had a fun time at his class. There was only one other person registered so we had a small small group.

    Boris is very knowledgeable about watercolor! My friend and I had a fun time at his class. There was only one other person registered so we had a small small group.

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    Kim T.
    Reviewed on 03/21/17

    I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was knowledgeable and professional and created a nice environment.

    I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was knowledgeable and professional and created a nice environment.

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    Zachary H.
    Reviewed on 03/08/17

    I had an excellent time learning the basics of watercolor....from types of paint and brushes, to basic techniques to get started. It was an awesome way to spend a couple hours!

    I had an excellent time learning the basics of watercolor....from types of paint and brushes, to basic techniques to get started. It was an awesome way to spend a couple hours!

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    Ashley A.
    Reviewed on 03/07/17

    This was really fun! We got a chance to learn about the different types of paints, brushes, paper, and techniques. I loved trying out professional watercolor paints, and although it was a harder medium to work wth than I had anticipated, I really enjoyed it and would love to take more classes in watercolor.

    This was really fun! We got a chance to learn about the different types of paints, brushes, paper, and techniques. I loved trying out professional watercolor paints, and although it was a harder medium to work wth than I had anticipated, I really enjoyed it and would love to take more classes in watercolor.

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    Sezen M.
    Reviewed on 02/15/17

    It was very fun to learn different techniques of water color painting only in three hours and to be able to paint something at the end of the class! Boris is a very good instructor, you don't need to have an art background to attend this class.

    It was very fun to learn different techniques of water color painting only in three hours and to be able to paint something at the end of the class! Boris is a very good instructor, you don't need to have an art background to attend this class.

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    Michelle D.
    Reviewed on 02/12/17

    Great class! Boris was an excellent teacher. There was a lot to learn in 2 1/2 hours, and the class gave a good foundation for different techniques.

    Great class! Boris was an excellent teacher. There was a lot to learn in 2 1/2 hours, and the class gave a good foundation for different techniques.

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    Jen C.
    Reviewed on 02/12/17

    Great class! Boris is definitely a subject matter expert on watercolors and really takes the time to explain details on the various techniques. The tempo was just perfect. I really enjoyed myself.

    Great class! Boris is definitely a subject matter expert on watercolors and really takes the time to explain details on the various techniques. The tempo was just perfect. I really enjoyed myself.

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    Brenda T.
    Reviewed on 06/02/18

    Such a fantastic introduction to watercolor painting! Boris is a very experienced artist who taught us different techniques in a calm and light-hearted manner. The equipment he supplied us was top-notch and definitely added to the pleasant experience. Definitely worth the time and money, would highly recommend :)

    Such a fantastic introduction to watercolor painting! Boris is a very experienced artist who taught us different techniques in a calm and light-hearted manner. The equipment he supplied us was top-notch and definitely added to the pleasant experience. Definitely worth the time and money, would highly recommend :)

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    Lisa B.
    Reviewed on 05/02/18

    This class was informative when it comes to watercolor basics

    This class was informative when it comes to watercolor basics

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    Ilana C.
    Reviewed on 04/24/18

    It was very very basic - if you've ever even drawn one picture with watercolors, this may be too basic for you. If you are very intimidated by watercolors and are scared to get started, this might be a good class. On the other hand, it seems like the instructor didn't prepare very well for this and seemed confused or lost by his own instructions and his example picture to recreate was just bad. I did not attend his other watercolor classes for these reasons.

    It was very very basic - if you've ever even drawn one picture with watercolors, this may be too basic for you. If you are very intimidated by watercolors and are scared to get started, this might be a good class. On the other hand, it seems like the instructor didn't prepare very well for this and seemed confused or lost by his own instructions and his example picture to recreate was just bad. I did not attend his other watercolor classes for these reasons.

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