I teach in an environment which accommodates all skill levels and experience. The ultimate aim is to increase technical ability and to help each student reach their artistic goals through hands-on guidance, demonstrations, and individual critiques. Working alongside enthusiastic students in a small group setting cultivates inspiration, creating the ideal learning environment; one that is both supportive and academic, with classes based on time-honored techniques and the careful observation of nature.

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Regular Classes

Ongoing classes are held at the Russian River Atelier in Sonoma County, California. This intimate studio school is the only North Bay atelier with instructors who have received a full classical realist education. As founding members, Naomi teaches alongside her husband Jay Blums, formerly a principal instructor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence.


Learn to paint confidently using a logical method that renders the creative process streamlined and obtainable. Skills learned are applicable to all genres, whether still life, figural, or landscape.

Currently, there are no upcoming workshop.

Private Classes

Beginners seeking undisturbed attention and professional artists seeking guidance may be interested in private studio or home studio lessons; If distance learning is of interest, regular Skype consultations can be arranged. Mentorship may include portfolio assistance for prospective art/design students.