Studio Gallery Autumn 2014

Animation Portfolio 2014

A full portfolio prepared by my student for an animation program at one of Ontario’s leading Colleges this year. The student got accepted and is already working full force through her first semester.

Here are some of the works included:


Picasso and Apple designers

From When Apple employees go to the tech company’s super-secretive course on How Apple Does Things, they’re treated to this famous series of drawings by Pablo Picasso:

The Bull metamorphosis, Picasso

“The first drawing is a hooved, horned, and muscled life-like representation of a bull.

The last is just a few lines, though definitely a bull.

That’s the Apple way.”

Read more:


In other news, Art Degrees are Paying Off

Here’s an interesting bit from Pacific Standard Magazine article on the benefits of Art Education published on October 17, 2014.

“Disputing the “gloomy myths around the value of an arts degree,” the report finds overall job satisfaction for people who have graduated with an arts degree over the past five years is quite high, at 75 percent. That figure is down only slightly from that of older graduates, 82 percent of whom say they are satisfied with their current job.

The study suggests universities and other institutes of higher learning are getting better at training arts graduates in the more practical aspects of pursuing their craft.

The report tracked 17,000 alumni who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the arts up to five years before being surveyed, along with 88,000 who earned degrees before that time. By far the biggest group of recent graduates—32 percent—earned a degree in fine and studio arts, including photography. Another 15 percent earned a degree in design, with nine percent earning theater and music degrees.”

More at Pacific Standard Magazine.


A lovely note from parents of a brand new Sheridan Animation program student!

Thank you card“Dear Helen,

We are immensely happy with our daughter’s success. It is your merit and we are grateful for it and thankful for your diligence, patience, for your work and skill! That is important! That is the road to adult life. Thank you for kindness and light!”

Borisov Family.

September 6, 2014, Toronto

“Уважаемая Лена!

Мы безмерно рады успехам нашей Кати! Это Ваша заслуга и мы это ценим и благодарны Вам за усердие, время, веру, за Ваш труд и мастерство! Это важно! Это дорога во взрослую жизнь. Спасибо Вам от всего сердца за добро и свет!”

Семья Борисовых.

Сентябрь 6, 2014, Торонто

Scholarship News

Great news, one of my portfolio preparation students wins a $3000 scholarship by entering an oil pastel still life created at the Hermitage Art Studio. Congratulations Polina!

“Helen’s art classes have benefited me tremendously. I have been attending them for three years and she has pushed me to be the best that I could be. I’ve achieved  artwork that I did not think was capable of creating.

With the knowledge I obtained from Helena’s visual arts classes, I felt ready to apply for a $3000 scholarship and with great astonishment I won it!” – Polina Vassilieva

Oil Pastel

Oil Pastel

About the Studio

logoHermitage Art Studio is located in Toronto. For contact information visit contact page.

Hermitage Art Studio is run by Helen S. Rostmoff, professional artist from St. Petersburg with Russian Academia background and extensive experience in a variety of teaching methodologies, fine art techniques and disciplines. Among the many benefits of art education are such important life skills as creative thinking, articulating a vision, building self-confidence and self-discipline and accepting responsibility to complete projects from start to finish. Helen’s lessons always focus on brightening student’s natural talents in a fun and professional way.

Hermitage Art Studio is offering classes in:

-Classical Drawing
-Art Dolls
-Art History Fundamentals
-Portfolio Preparation for Art Schools and Colleges

At Hermitage Art Studio a number of programs are geared at students of different ages and levels.

Portfolio Preparation, serious students of all ages.

Hermitage Art Studio has successful experience in assisting students with portfolio preparation to their desired art programs in colleges and universities, admission to which often depends on the students having a well developed and versatile portfolio.

  • Focus may be on architecture, animation, fashion, fine art and graphic design work and portfolio must represent student’s skills and abilities and show that they have made their artwork seriously.
  • Visit Portfolio Preparation Page for more information.
  • 2 hours  – 30$

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Visit Portfolio Preparation Gallery

Art Program for Ages 8-12.

  • Children will learn about composition, various art forms, effects of light and shadow, tonal contrast and using different media – watercolors, acrylic, india ink and charcoal.
  • They will get introduced to collages and printmaking techniques.
  • Advanced sculpting and art history are also part of this program.
  • 2 hours  – 30$

My art classes will help train fine motor skills of hands and fingers and improve attention span to build up confidence with many school projects.

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Art Program for Ages 5-8.

  • During this course students will discover and explore different mediums such as oil pastels, acrylic paint and water color.
  • We will work on composition and color theory through a variety of exercises.
  • Students will also create three-dimensional objects using modelling clay, papier mache and plasticine.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes – 25$