“I dream of painting
and then I paint my dream.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

Classical Art School In The American Countryside

In the rolling hills of rural Maryland, founders Ekaterina Levental and Elena Vialova offer one-of-a-kind access to world-class European artistry. True Bohemians has an educational experience for every artist—from inspired beginner to working professional.

The international community has long held the Classical Academic tradition in the highest regard for its unique combination of precision and observational sensitivity. The need for international travel and language knowledge, however, have prevented many from studying it—and kept it out of most contemporary art schools. True Bohemians removes these traditional barriers, however, making this famous methodology accessible for the first time to English speakers in the US.

And the True Bohemians’ approach is fully customized. Educators design courses for all—from the experienced artist interested in learning a new perspective, to the total beginner seeking an exemplary foundation for their first work. Artists can opt for group lessons, or learn one-on-one.
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Our Founders

Artistic Director Katya Levental—a professional artist, teacher, and honours graduate of the renowned Surikov Institute – leads classes in painting, drawing and composition. Katya received a gold medal from the Academy of Artists for her thesis presentation, and her career has only blossomed from there. Prestigious galleries on both sides of the ocean feature her work, and enthusiastic reviews appear in American and European media. Katya’s far-ranging repertoire includes everything from still-lifes hanging in American and European museums, to monumental decorative paintings gracing the lobbies of Wall Street, to frescoes and murals in private homes in New York, Washington, Palm Beach, Moscow, Paris and other world capitals. A talented theatrical art designer as well as a painter, Katya’s diversity of experience thoroughly informs her pedagogy and inspires her students.

School Administrator Elena Vialova, a nature enthusiast and art lover, has combined her two passions in the creation of True Bohemians. She has crafted a truly charming and inspirational atmosphere at the school, giving students a one-of-a-kind educational experience.
Our Classes
From private lessons to group classes,
we offer a range of learning experiences

Group Classes

2 hours, $65 per class

Grab a friend and join us for some relaxing painting or drawing. Light refreshments included, bring your own beer or wine!

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Private Lessons

2 hours, $100 per lesson

One on one time with a classically trained instructor. Katya will teach you the craft and methods she learned at Surikov Art Institute.

Ask us about our subscription series for a discount!

Online Lessons

1 hour, $60 per lesson

Learn painting or drawing with our instructor from the comfort of your own home!

For more information, please, contact us!

Portfolio Reviews

Starting at $140 per session

Katya Levental reviews and critics academic portfolios for Art Schools preparation.

For more information, please, contact us!

3 hours, $85 per person

Celbrate your special events with us, as we art, eat, drink, and enjoy bucolic surroundings!

What makes us different?

We’re not your average sip and paint! Our classes are Old World style, held at the inspiring setting of Katya’s farm in Freeland, Maryland. Weather permitting, we host in Katya’s studio or her barn. Light refreshments are served with group classes. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed as you create beautiful art!

What Our Students Have to Say ❤️

  • “The whole experience was lovely. It was relaxed and fun, but I really felt like I learned a lot. Looking forward to more classes in the future!”

    -Jess, Baltimore
  • “I’ve been to several paint and drink nights form different promotions around the DMV, but this was leaps and bounds above the rest. It was a relaxing, personalized experience and for about the same price as any other you’d go to in a bar. 11/10, would make beautiful art here again.”

    -Laura, Baltimore
  • “Katya is incredibly warm and inviting, she really encourages you to be brave with your art. I hadn’t touched a paint brush in 15 years and immediately felt comfortable! And the homemade appetizers were delicious!”

    -Valerie, Baltimore
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Our School is located at:
20901 Millers Mill Rd
Freeland, MD 21053

(410) 343-3165
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