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Garden City, New York

the art academy of garden city


about the teachers

Melissa Pashayan has obtained both her Masters and Undergraduate degrees from Adelphi University where she studied Fine Art, Art History, and Art Education. She is certified to teach grades K- 12. Melissa Pashayan is also a practicing artist.  Laura Pashayan has received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Adelphi University, her Master's Degree in Art Therapy from Hofstra University, and her Master's Degree in Art Education from Adelphi University.  Ms. Pashayan is a practicing licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a practicing artist as well; her website being: She is certified to teach grades k-12.
The Pashayan sisters have been featured on George to The Rescue, using their artistic abilities to help the community. Check out their episode!



"Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else."     

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens


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How Can we

Help You

The Art Academy of Garden City offers a strong foundation in the visual arts in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. Art Academy students are introduced to principles of composition, design, form, line, and color. The sound basic training and professional guidance provided by the Art Academy enables students to experience artistic growth.

All classes will be taught by experienced teachers/artists Melissa Pashayan and Laura Pashayan.

Students are placed in class according to grade. Earlier grades are introduced to drawing with pencil, charcoal, ink, and pastels. Acrylics and watercolors are used to explore various painting techniques. Later grades build on their drawing skills with emphasis on individual expression. As students advance in later grades, they further develop their technical skills in drawing and painting while exploring individual direction using still life, portrait, figure and perspective.

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