Losina Art Center: Offering Art classes in San Diego since 2006


from our students


It is amazing how well your method works! It surprised me what you could do with the beginners who had never painted before!"

- Richard, lawyer, San Diego

“What you see in this studio is mind-boggling. If you’d come here for long enough, you’d see how these people progressed. It is like a private gallery. Amazing art. I love painting here, this is my social life, this is what I come here for.”

- Noble K., teacher, La Jolla

And these people had never painted before? How can you get them to paint so well? I want to take this class!

- Buffy, art school director, La Jolla

I absolutely love coming here. This is the highlight of my week.

- Ann, travel agent, San Diego

I can't believe how much I've learned in just two classes. This experience, I feel, made a huge difference already. It was how you explained how to get across a lot of information with just a few brushstrokes. I love the atmosphere here, people at different levels, everyone has such different styles here, it fosters a very creative environment. There's always something interesting to look at on the walls, it gives me ideas of what I may like to do next. I've been impressed with what I am accomplishing, I didn't expect to see that at all. If I could I would be here 24/7.

- Jordan, musician, scientist, web program developer, Hillcrest

"I've been on a total painting kick since my class on Thursday. You've created a monster! ha!  I wake up early to paint and stay up past midnight painting, I dream of brush strokes and color!’ I will be there again tomorrow!  Looking forward to the class. I really enjoyed it and felt like I learned a lot about drawing faces. Thank you! You are a great teacher!"

- Kimberly S., San Diego

I enjoyed this class tremendously, and I've learned so much!

- Joseph, business owner, Hillcrest

It was a unique class - an extreme, hypnotic experience.

- Theresa, Tijuana, Mexico

Olya, I enjoyed the class. You are a very enthusiastic and effective mentor.

- Nancy, San Diego

Olya! I loved the PAPARAZZI workshop. I enjoy the international feel of your class since so many are from different countries. I was thinking all week about how much I enjoyed your words and your spirit, watching you interact with your students and seeing your own gifts in art. You make it seem so easy.

- Don, San Diego

I can't believe this class!

- Connie, North County, SD

I want to thank you, Olya! I loved, loved, loved your workshop tremendously. I never painted before, but you made it so easy!

- Timken Museum docent, Bonita

Your lecture was amazing, I will remember this day for the rest of my life, your demonstration blew me away.

- Mark, La Jolla

‘I have this million things to do in the world, but I come here and - ahhh... it all disappears! It is so wonderful! I felt so tired, but here I am totally relaxed, and I feel I am learning so much!’

- Leslie C., architect, Del Mar
“I don’t think there is anything like this. I always research everything on the Internet before I buy. I researched all the art classes before I chose Losina. I am lucky that I found this school, I really like what I am creating here. It’s hard to believe how much I’ve learned!”
- Rene G., computer science student, UC Santa Cruz
“Dear Olya, I want to thank you and tell you how much I appreciated the lessons you gave this past summer. They really helped me to open up to my potential. I am back home in Israel and painting now as I have always wanted to. I loved your handout sheet on the principles of painting which included your philosophy, with your points for us to review. I want to join your online classes and I like to know how it is possible. I am interested in feedback on my paintings and information that you give out as you teach."
- Jackie P., art teacher, Israel
"Olya, your class is the best class I have ever taken!"

- Barbara I., housewife, Del Mar

Yesterday the world opened to me after what you said.

- Bob, Pacific Beach

Because of you I'll never move from San Diego!

- Kathy, Rancho Santa Fe

I could wait until my class on Thursday to thank you, Olya, but I don't want to wait. I feel revived and enthusiastic again greatly due to your help. Your spending so much time going through art books and pointing out the relationship between Early Renaissance and more modern styles was a revelation.

- Rosemary Y., Bonita

“Olya, I am so happy with that huge landscape painting I’ve completed in your class! Thank you for suggesting matte varnish. It looks great on the restaurant wall, you were 100% correct!!!!!"

- Janet D’A., interior designer, Carlsbad
Olya, I wanted to tell you - this is so therapeutic! I love it!

- Noble K., teacher, La Jolla

Look! Nobody wants to go to lunch!

- Thomas, Point Loma

“Olya, do you remember me? I was in your art class many-many years ago. I remember how much I loved your instruction. For 3 years I have been trying to paint on my own; I have been so frustrated! I decided to find you and googled your name because I thought the only person who could help me was you.”
- Estee S., artist, San Diego

My friend can not believe that I can paint a painting in a day.

- Soledad R., Coronado

Without this class my life would not be as meaningful...It is a very important part of my life.

- Robert H., San Diego

You don't let us be stuck, you know how to make us see.

- Diane V., Murietta

Olya Losina finds wonderful ways to get her idea across to her students, making sure we understand. I love that she explains everything in more than one way.

- Linda W., La Jolla

I enjoyed my last class so much! I am really looking forward to each class. You are such a wonderful teacher! You give great instructions. You make your classes so much fun!"

- Forrough G., financial adviser, Scripps Ranch

Olya, I am always amazed by what a great teacher you are and how you never run out of new ideas.

- Cynthia L, scientist, La Jolla

Thank you - have I told you how much I love this place?

- Kathy M., housewife, Kensington

You spoiled me; I can't take classes from anyone else.

- Valery, San Diego

I love your classes! It's great being back with you. I feel that I am really growing as an artist, I am so excited!

- Ina C., San Diego

You opened my eyes. I am seeing much deeper into things now. I can now paint on my own.

- Judy V. G., Rancho Santa Fe

Olya feels the essence of each painter's personal style, and brings out our sensibility. She is able to key in on the distinct qualities that make each of us unique and encourages that to grow.

- Janee, SDSU professor, San Diego

You are an excellent teacher. What I admire about you is that you can tell people when to stop. I want my friend to come take your class; he is a very good artist, but always over-works his paintings.

- Kelly K., artist, Canada

Listen, I don't know how you are doing this, but my wife is bringing home unbelievable artwork, best of anything she had ever done!

- Husband of Carol, artist, San Diego

I am so lucky I am here! This was the best day of my life!

- Kiki M., age 7, Kensington

Olya, I can listen to you all day!

- Cole, age 8, Encinitas

Thank you so much for the class instruction. Lexi had a blast and would like to continue.

- mom of Alexis, age 15, San Diego

Stacey can't believe how fun her classes are. She used to only like drawing but now is enjoying painting.

- Stacey's mom, Mira Mesa

Thanks, Olya, for the update on Rachel's progress. She comes home soooo happy from your classes.

- Rachel's mom, San Diego

Olya, Allison is so grateful to you for helping her with the portfolio with such time constraints. She got accepted to Cal Poly SLO as well as Boulder Colorado and University of Arizona, and best of all... USC! She is thrilled with USC. We are so excited, thank you so much! She couldn't have done it without your help. We will refer you to anyone interested in getting a good portfolio for college applications. You're the greatest!

- Allison's mom, Scripps Ranch

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 8 classes with you - before I just refused to draw people, now I can draw a human figure in under a minute!”
- Alison C., age 14
“Today was my favorite day. I am beginning to really enjoy drawing. I really had a breakthrough today! Loved it!”
- Jim G., college history professor, San Diego
Hello, I am writing because my daughter took one of your painting workshops and it inspired her! Since then she has been in AP art at her school. She has had her art showcased at the museum of art in Balboa Park. She has also been contracted to paint commissions. I feel that she needs to be in a structured class or among other artists.
- Jennifer G., mother, San Diego
"I’ve been taking art classes in New York at Art Student League for many years. I was surprised how much I enjoyed your class, it was so much fun! I would like to sign up for the whole month of March next year when I am back in San Diego."
- Susan M., New York
"Everyone in this class, I want you to know this, thinks that they got 200% of what they had thought they would get, nobody had expected to get that much. If you gave us a half of all you have actually taught us, it would be more than enough."
- Constance, Carlsbad
"Every time I come to class, it's the highlight of my day. Here, my mind transfers into a different place that is fun and peaceful, like meditation. Painting wakes up that other part of my brain and gives me the challenges that I really enjoy. Olya comes up with the ways to help each student overcome their ‘phobias’. She believes everyone is talented and has proven it a hundred times. I always thought that I couldn't draw. Olya said: "You can; try this..." and gave me 15 minutes of instructions, a large canvas, a brush dipped in black paint, and asked me to draw directly on canvas, with no prior pencil sketch, so I couldn't erase my mistakes! To my surprise it was fun and I loved it! Drawing has become my favorite medium. Since, I've created a series of drawings on canvas, and I am really happy with them. I am proud to say that my “Harbor” series was exhibited in the New America's Museum gallery and I sold several."
- Paivi B., scientist, La Jolla
This is amazing! There is nothing like this anywhere; no art gallery is even close. What people are doing in this studio is so interesting! Everyone is making great art!
- Louise F., art collector, La Jolla
“All your artists work in such different styles. Such diversity! A lot of really strong work here. I always admire your ideas in your class descriptions each time I receive your new session announcement.”
-  Reed C., art Instructor, Encinitas
“You can’t imagine how happy I am to see Molly so enjoying her art classes!”
- Ina C., Molly’s grandma, San Diego
Dear Olya, thank you for the plein-air session. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to paint under your guidance. I enjoyed everything about the experience!
- Bobby G., artist, San Diego
“Dear Olya. Just a note to say thank you for the art classes. I enjoyed them very much. It was an enjoyable learning experience that I hope to continue when we move to San Diego. Meanwhile my son has framed my painting and is hanging it in his house. Many thanks!”
- Therese S., traveler
“Olya is adept at determining her students' skill level and adapting class content to expand each student's abilities and technical skills.  The challenges she offers encourage me to grow as an artist.”
- Faith F., Mira Mesa
Hi Olya. I miss spending more time in your studio with Melina. I wanted to share with you that I wouldn't have chosen a portraiture class - it was my daughter's idea and I simply wanted to support her. I was simply drawn to painting beauty in any way other than with humans involved, as in landscapes of my own imagination. But since that portraiture class I have noticed that I am drawn to want to deeply gaze at the faces of everyone. I am noticing that I was less open to people before and in not "looking" at others deeply I wasn't even aware that this came with less openness and appreciation of those around me. I feel a love for humanity, that is truly astounding me!
- Leslie C., architect, Del Mar
“You are a phenomenal teacher. I really admire the scope of your knowledge. I am so happy that I’ve found you! I have a cousin who is traveling from Palm Springs just to take your class. He is also bringing a friend. I told them you would teach drawing even though it is a painting class. I told them that you are the best!”
- Kristine O’H., architect, San Diego