This is your art retreat, on your own time. All levels welcome.
Come back to the lessons and adventure again and again.
Over 2.5 hours of step-by-step demos and lessons, in studio & excursions.
Chat and get support from your global community of beginning artists.
Follow the 10 Steps to Drawing map to SMA’s best sketching sites.
Get personalized feedback from your instructor on each assignment.
Techniques, elements & strategies will drastically improve your drawing ability.
Save yourself the price of a plane ticket. Invest in your creativity.
See Mexico’s loveliest streets with an artist’s eye–from home!
No airplane food, no security gates. All the travel photos.
Jessica Antonelli cultivates an attitude of fearless, fun exploration in drawing that leads to a soul-brightening artistic practice. Jessica has a teaching style that is enthusiastic and relentlessly encouraging.
Jessica Antonelli is an award winning art teacher born on the island of Galveston, near Texas. She studied the fundamentals of drawing and painting in Florence, Italy while studying abroad. Jessica graduated with a major in Art and a Masters in Teaching from Austin College. Born into a family that owns a travel agency, she is a life-long traveler to whom the arts and exploring the world are indelibly intertwined.
Jessica has taught art for a decade to ages across the spectrum. In 2014 Jessica moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and founded Studio Antonelli, where she’s been offering seasonal classes in drawing and painting for adult students ever since. Early in her Texas public school days, she taught art at every grade level, from high school seniors to 4-year olds, and still maintains her Texas teacher certification. In 2013 she was awarded Galveston Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year.
Jessica is both an artist and a fine teacher—a rare combination.
Significant improvement. More fearless than before.
Before, I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know how to fix it. Jessica has taught me many ways of seeing.
I felt successful from the very first exercise. Jessica is a wonderful teacher able to break down skills into manageable easy pieces.
This class has been so nurturing, supportive and has provided me a safe environment to make mistakes and actually improve my drawing.