New Art School in San Diego Customizes Classes for Each Student, Rapidly Accelerating Development at Any Skill Level

Professional artist and licensed contractor customizes classes for aspiring mural artists, faux finish artists, and any serious painter seeking rapid, concentrated artistic growth with emphasis on the business side of the custom art business world as well.

San Diego, CA, September 26, 2006 --( Like most art schools, the San Diego Finishing School offers a schedule of  beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in its core areas, in this case drawing, painting, mural painting, trompe l’oeil and faux finish painting. But unlike most art schools, students at SDFS can blend classes together, schedule around other commitments, and skip the redundant parts, all  with a private  instructor who shops their supplies for them.

“I really like to help people have breakthroughs with their art,” says John Hiemstra, an artist and licensed California contractor (826564) who founded the School. “With the schedules people keep today, if they’re really trying to engage in their own artistic development, it has to be easy for them to get down and concentrate while they’re here. I can make it easy because the vital components already exist as part of my current business, and the new space is ideal.”

The “space” at 2279 L Street in San Diego’s historic Sherman Heights neighborhood is a 1920’s bungalow acquired this year as the new studio for his custom mural and faux painting business. It’s only a few minutes walk to his home, and just a few minutes from the major San Diego freeways via the nearby I-5/CA-94 junction. “So many people have asked me to either teach them or let them apprentice on my jobs that I figured the time must be right when this house became available. Faux finishers can work on real walls and mouldings. Muralists can paint full scale. It’s easy for anyone to get here, and easy for me to accommodate others’ schedules.”

Beginning with an initial consultation, the cost of which is credited toward tuition, Hiemstra takes a mix and match approach adapting his “classes” to each individual lesson plan. “Any class described on the site could be three hours or three months, depending on where you’re starting, where you want to go, and the time you have to get there.” He claims the private, one-on-one environment takes a lot of “self-applied pressure” off student s, especially beginners, who can “confidently interrupt their own class with questions, or adjust their goals as they develop, because they know that every session is designed specifically to address their artistic goals and concerns.”

San Diego Finishing School
John Hiemstra