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Meet Marina Raybman of Chestnut Hill Art Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marina Raybman.

Marina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I studied art in Europe, and moved to Boston in 2000, leaving my job in Moscow, Russia where I had been a professor of fine arts for 10 years. When I came here I joined the Newton Art Association, one of the most prominent artist groups around Boston, and won several awards in my first couple of years. Since then people have been calling to ask for art lessons. The first class of students who started with me when they were in middle school ended up getting into the Ivies and top art schools with their portfolios and after that interest has been non-stop.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s always a challenge to integrate into a new community, but a great learning experience as well. A lot of my students are also first generation immigrants from all over the world, so I’m well equipped to help them adapt. Art is a great channel for helping them build up their sense of identity and self-confidence.

Chestnut Hill Art Studio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I teach individual and group classes for kids K-12 and adults, in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing, and mixed media techniques.

I don’t simply teach art as a set of techniques that have to be repeated. I believe successful art is a combination of hard work and expression of one’s unique inner self.

Bringing that out and helping put that into shape, color, and texture is what I help students do. When they have that passion and sense of discovery about their work, they are able to devote all the time they need to developing technical excellence.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, teaching art is like opening a door into a new world. Some people have specific goals, like a portfolio they have to build. Others come to me looking to find an outlet for their emotion or simply explore something they’ve never done before. If I can help them find the door, and set them on the right path towards what they are looking for, I’ve succeeded.

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Chestnut Hill Arts Academy

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