realisticus artacademy
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Meet the Team

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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

   02102360215

  admin@artacademy.co.nz


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.

Maya Calica

   Maya Calica

   0211510115

  maya@artacademy.co.nz


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.

Lillibet Bothma

   Lillibet Bothma

   02108349988

  lillibet@artacademy.co.nz


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.

Realisticus Art Tutors


Fiona Fry

   Fiona


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.


Mia Bernard

   Mia


Realisticus Art Tutor

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

I have loved drawing since I was a very young child. I remember being entertained for hours with a little art set I carried everywhere with me. Bright colors, storybooks, and art supplies were my favorite things.


Seeing children's creativity and imagination come alive is incredible to watch. It is wonderful to see each individual child developing a unique artistic style, and how beautifully different each child's artwork is.


Kimmy Lim

   Kimmy


Realisticus Art Tutor

Epsom, Pakuranga Heights, Dannemora, Botany

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

   Jeffrey


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

   Karen


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

   Alba


Realisticus Art Tutor

Browns Bay, Grey Lynn, Remuera, 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.


Allison Barratt

   Allison


Realisticus Art Tutor

Browns Bay, Mairangi Bay, Glenfield

My love for art started as a small child, finger painting on the easel at kindergarten. Growing up, I often had pencils, crayons or pens in my hands and as an adult, I have even been known to doodle during meetings! Now that my children are teenagers, I'm finding time again to put pen to paper and am rediscovering the joy of art.


Being able to share my love of art with children, watching the joy they experience as they create their masterpieces.