realisticus artacademy
Average Rating: 5.0
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Reviews: 105

Meet the Team


We would like to introduce you to our amazing Team of Art Tutors. All of our Art Tutors love to Draw & Create and are very passionate about teaching kids Realisticus Art Programmes.

Realisticus Franchise Owners / Head Tutors

Elena Esina

   Elena Esina


Franchise Owner/ Head Tutor of Classes in:

Browns Bay, Mairangi Bay, Grey Lynn, Mt Eden, Remuera, Glenfield, Silverdale, Red Beach, Point Chevalier

I discovered my passion in drawing at the age of 8, I loved landscapes and fantasy. At the age of 13 I was able to draw a crystal wine glass, I felt so proud of the realistic depiction that I started drawing everything and everyone around me :)

I am proud to be the Founder and Principal of such an amazing art school. At Realisticus Art Classes we are able to show kids that all of them can Draw and we are there to teach them how to do it. Every artwork is a creative challenge and that is how you should approach it. The love for Drawing is the love and appreciation for the amazing world surrounding us and if you can draw reality you can draw the imagined. Drawing is the Key skill for Creativity and Innovation.

Lillibet Bothma

   Lillibet Bothma


Franchise Owner/ Head Tutor of Classes in:

Epsom, Greenlane, Pakuranga Heights, Dannemora, Botany

I have loved painting and drawing since I was a little girl. I still do lots of painting at home, and love to do portraits of people the most.

I love that I get to pass on some of the skills I have learnt as an artist to a new generation, and its a great feeling to see kids excell and grow in their own drawing skills.

Maya Calica Collins

   Maya Calica Collins


Franchise Owner/ Head Tutor of Classes in:

West Harbour, Greenhithe, Albany, Unsworth Heights, Hobsonville Point, Hobsonville

I was in kindergarten when I discovered the joys of finger painting and drawing with crayons. As a pre-teener, I doodled Japanese anime characters in the margins of my notebook. I reconnected with my love for drawing about 10 years ago, and have a daily sketchbook habit. I think I've filled about 20 sketchbooks to date!

I love it when children discover new ways to express their creativity with drawings and colours. I've seen kids walk into the room looking very shy and unsure, only to emerge from the class feeling more confident about their drawing skills and themselves.

Realisticus Art Tutors

Fiona Fry


Realisticus Art Tutor

Grey Lynn, Mt Eden, Remuera, Point Chevalier, Mairangi Bay

My Mother asked me to make a birthday card for my Grandmother. I went to the garden and selected some of her favorite flowers, Primroses and Snowdrops - as it was Spring in England. I made a posy and set it on the table. I remember clearly how I outlined

Realisticus Art Academy has enabled me to pass on my passion for drawing and all things "Art". I relish the satisfaction of enabling students to realise their love of drawing. It is so satisfying to nurture all the children's potential. I believe that this can take place at an early age, as it did with me. Realisticus harnesses this love of drawing and helps the students to create some of their own goals through a proven, studied programme, with a dash of their own individual personalities and skill sets. I had validation recently when one of my students said, "I would never have been able to produce this drawing without you teaching me this". I replied that she had good initial drawing skills. She agreed, but said she would never have thought of this, in terms of the subject, technique, composition and learning, "Just how the pencil/paintbrush needs to be held". For me that's the ultimate validation and that's what being a Realisticus tutor is all about. Passing on a passion and knowledge for drawing and Art.

Kimmy Lim


Realisticus Art Tutor


Ever since I was a child I truly enjoyed colouring and often sketch fashion and drawing as past time.

I love the chance to share my passion for creativity with the younger generation and to see them develop their own unique styles themselves.

Jeffrey Saldua


Realisticus Art Tutor

Epsom, Greenlane

I started drawing when I was only seven years old. My brother pushed me to improve and never cease to evolve and be my own critic with regards to my skills. Practice makes perfect.

What I love most about being a Realisticus Art Tutor is knowing that I can help create and mold the next generation of artists. It is very exciting for me seeing what the next generation of artists has in store.

Karen Derbyshire


Realisticus Art Tutor

Silverdale, Red Beach

I've always loved art, apparently I drew a fabulous picture of my teddy when I was three so my parents sort opportunities for me to develop this interest, including sending me to schools where art had a high profile and allowing me to take painting lessons. I also took art through high school and teacher training. I spend time drawing with my grand children and it's exciting to see how they are improving

It's very exciting to see the level of ability displayed by the children it's also really interesting to see the divergence, one subject matter taught in the same class and yet so many differences personal to the artist. So nice to see developing confidence in their abilities.

Alba Gil


Realisticus Art Tutor

Browns Bay, Mairangi Bay, Grey Lynn, Remuera, Glenfield, Point Chevalier

I don't remember a time when I wasn't drawing or painting. Art has always been my passion. When I was a kid I was drawing, sketching and painting all the time, and that hasn’t changed a bit nowadays.

I love being able to help kids develop their artistic abilities. I believe visual arts are essential in children’s education: they learn tons of things and we all together have lots of fun.

Lily Smuts


Realisticus Art Tutor

West Harbour, Greenhithe, Albany, Hobsonville

When I was very young; I loved doing art in primary school. At the prime age of 10, I created a colouring book for my friends and family members. So I think it's always been a part of who I am.

I love so many things about being an art tutor, but one of my greatest delights is seeing the passion and happiness the kids express when they create something they are proud of, or something they thought would be too hard to draw. It makes me so happy to see young minds creating such brilliant works or art.

Annmaree Foy


Realisticus Art Tutor

Unsworth Heights, Hobsonville Point, West Harbour, Hobsonville

I discovered my passion for art in my primary years at school. My first drawings were of horses, then I went on to sketch and paint all kinds of animals as well as New Zealand's ocean landscapes since we lived near the sea. I did well in art competitions, got my art published in the local newspaper, and shown in an Auckland art gallery. I enjoy being creative and gifting art to family and friends.

Teaching children how to create amazing artworks and bringing out their unique creative personalities. It's so rewarding to watch them make beautiful art, seeing them smile while they learn, and catch them realizing, "Wow I drew this!"

Esme Zanchi


Realisticus Art Tutor

Epsom, Greenlane

I have always had a passion for art, drawing and painting especially.

I love to learn new techniques and put them into practice so it is absolutely amazing being able to help others do this too and see the student's skills and confidence grow.

Coco Mayerhofer


Realisticus Art Tutor

Browns Bay, Mairangi Bay, Glenfield

Throughout my childhood I don't remember a time where I wasn't drawing or doing some sorts of arts and crafts. My parents home was always full of my drawings and they displayed them all over the kitchen wall and living room area.

Being able to work as a Realisticus Art Tutor combines two of my favorite things - Learning something new through drawing/creating and sharing what I have learned with children, sharing my passion.