Jessica Maffia

Jessica M.

New York, NY
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Jessica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am a visual artist who has been exhibiting my artwork across the US since 2009 and teaching since 2006. I got my BA from Vassar College, and a Masters in Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I am deeply passionate about drawing and love to share this passion with others. I believe that art isn't for the talented few but for the passionate many and what counts most of all is that you're having fun!

My drawings tend to celebrate the beautiful and surprising in the mundane. I have worked in a variety of media but my preferred material is good old-fashioned pencil on paper. I have had solo and group exhibitions, my work has been published in print and online, one of my drawings is on the cover of a philosophy book, I have exhibited at several art fairs, and I have won many fellowships, grants, and artist residencies.

Our drawing lessons will begin with learning to use the most basic materials: charcoal, erasers, pencil and paper. We will spend a lot of time learning the art of looking because above all, drawing is about observation and translating what you see.
You will begin to notice improvements in your skills after the first class!

I look forward to drawing with you.

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Teaching Artist
Sep 2011 - Present
Urban Arts Partnership

Teaching Artist
Sep 2009 - Aug 2011


Mar 2008 - Jun 2012
The Art Students League of New York
Masters in Education
Sep 2006 - Dec 2009
New York City Teaching Fellows at City College of New York
BA Sociology and Latin American Studies
Sep 2001 - May 2005
Vassar College
High School
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001
Hunter College High School


Professional Proficiency


Sep 2017
Lacawac Artist residency
Jun 2017
Feb 2017
Puffin Foundation
Sep 2016
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation
Jun 2016
Hells Kitchen Foundation
Sep 2015
Vermont Studio Center
Feb 2015
New York Mills Art Retreat
Nov 2014
Brush Creek Artist Residency
Jun 2014
Byrdcliffe Art Colony

Photos & Videos

Watermelon_2017_Colored pencil on paper_

A short documentation of the creation process of my series of photorealistic pencil drawings of cracks, residue and decay on walls.
Work in progress
Dragon Fruit_2017_colored pencil on paper

Office supplies_2017_colored pencil on paper

My adornments_2017_Colored pencil on paper

Exhibition of my drawings at the Noyes Museum of Stockton University

Work in progress 
Onion_2017_colored pencil on paper

That's Never Going to Heal_2011_pencil on paper

El Alivio_2016_colored pencil on paper
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12 Reviews

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Nicholas Nov 29, 2018
Drawing · Online

Jessica is a great teacher. She has spent much time with me, teaching and helping me complete my art portfolio. I highly recommend Jessica if you want to improve your drawing skills!!

Vasilisa Nov 12, 2018
· In studio

I’m enjoying Jessica’s lessons so much. I began to draw much more often and this is the first time I’m not afraid to show my pictures to people. She always make safe atmosphere for your creativity. I’m really happy to draw now and all thanks for Jessica.

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Francesca Oct 20, 2018
Drawing · In home

Jessica is simply outstanding!!! She got right to the heart of what my children needed to work on to improve their drawing, and she was able to work with a range of abilities, attention spans, etc. Within minutes she was able to draw out the tentative artist in each of her three young students (ages 9-11), and you could see the difference in confidence in just one lesson!! She is smart, fun, flexible--you really could not find a better instructor!!!

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Anna Apr 18, 2018
Drawing · In home

Jessica is a GREAT drawing teacher! My two daughters aged 7 and 9 have been having lessons with Jessica for a couple of months and she has done such an excellent job of catering to their very different personalities and preferred learning styles. She is so patient and calm. She has taught them various techniques, including how to work with charcoal, and they have both improved so much in such a short time. My kids really look forward to their lesson every time, and carry on with their projects when the lesson is over. I highly recommend her!

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Manisha Apr 16, 2018

Jessica is great with children if all ages! Very nice, patient personality! We had a lesson at our home for our three children ages 5, 8, 10. She did a wonderful job teaching all three at different skill set levels . Highly recommend.

CW Mar 1, 2018
Drawing · In home

Our daughter has just started taking drawing lessons with Jessica and has made real progress. She has enjoyed her time with Jessica and I would recommend her to any and all budding artists.

Jack Oct 10, 2017
Drawing · In home

Jessica was an excellent teacher with my 9 year old son. It is quite clear she has experience working with children - she is patient, calming and supportive. He can't wait for his next lesson!

Rose Sep 5, 2017
Drawing · In studio

I have always loved to draw as a hobby, but could never get the hang of it. I found Jessica on Craigslist and she taught me how to hold a pencil properly to create the depth to my drawings I've always dreamed about! I highly recommend Jessica and can't wait till my next lesson with her! Thanks again!

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Beth Sep 4, 2017

Jessica is worldclass, and without parallell! When my 2nd Grade Sons teacher reccomended I enroll him in supplememtal art classes it took a few tries before we found a good fit, and 5 minutes in Jessica fit like an old shoe. Shes absolutely brilliant at keeping him motivated and focused and entertained, and I am so proud of how much progress he's made in such a short period of time. If I could give her 25 stars I would because 5 just doesn't do her justice.

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Dana R. Sep 4, 2017
Drawing · In studio

I've been Jessica's art student for more than a year and I'm still fascinated how much I have learned so far. I already make beautiful, colorful drawings on my own, some of which I could even sell! I love her energy and mastery of teaching and doing art, but most of all her passion. I love the experience and I'm planning to keep on growing as artist myself with Jessica's guidance.

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Tonie Sep 4, 2017
Drawing · In home

Jessica Maffia is not only a profoundly gifted and skilled professionally trained artist, but she is also a highly intuitive instructor. Jessica will happily meet you exactly where you are in your craft and inspire you to really improve, learn and grow in your drawing. Jessica's decade plus experience as an artist and teacher makes her a perfect instructor for those wanting to take their drawing practice more seriously and begin to master all the elements of this fine art. I have not had a more talented and inspiring instructor; Jessica evinces so much creative passion and artistic integrity that it becomes contagious. I am much better for having worked with her.

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Lisette Sep 4, 2017
Drawing · In home

I have always felt like I had a creative impulse I needed to express, but felt like I needed some solidified skills to be able to begin. I felt nervous about starting to learn something new at my age, but from the first conversation I had with Jessica, I knew I would feel absolutely at ease learning with her. Jessica is both an experienced educator and a truly inspired artist. One of the first things she taught me was how to look at the world around me differently and in a more open way that allowed me to translate that to paper. It was exhilarating. Jessica is absolutely lovely, knowledgeable and provides tangible instructions that are showing their effect on paper! I am so thrilled with the work I am creating with her continued instruction. I cannot more highly reccommend studying with Jessica!

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