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The mission of DeCesare School of Drawing and Painting is to provide student-centered, professional, studio art instruction.


The DeCesare family designed and constructed DeCesare Studio of Drawing and Painting; an extraordinary art studio, gallery and private fine arts school built exclusively for the advancement of drawing and painting. 


DeCesare School is a unique resource especially for serious adults, teens, schools, teachers and parents. DeCesare School has an intentional focus on the value of creativity in the digital age; bridging tech-savvy teens with traditionally-based studio art training. With decades of experience teaching high school and college studio art, DeCesare's student-centered approach is effective and unique.


DeCesare's teen students consistently develop art portfolios that demonstrate sound understanding of light, form, composition, color and perspective; a basis from where a meaningful creative voice emerges. DeCesare's hard-working students build sound sensibilities, and personal confidence. DeCesare's students have gone on to enjoy fruitful collegiate (and professional) careers in the arts across the country and beyond.


Students gain admission and scholarship to prestigious art schools throughout the country including: Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, The Fashion Institute of New York, Pratt Institute, Parsons, Hartford Art School, Mass College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Lyme Academy among others.

James Alan DeCesare is an award-winning portrait painter and popular arts educator. DeCesare earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Hartford Art School, a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Hartford Art School, graduating with highest honors from each institution. DeCesare has worked with art luminaries including Burton Silverman, Murray Tinkelman, Gary Kelley, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Foster Caddell and Joe Bowler. 


DeCesare has a growing list of important public and private commissions including: “Dr. Frank Torti,” Dean of University of Connecticut Health Center, Jack Dempsey Hospital, “Dr. Paul Dworkin,” Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, “Mr. Mark Scheinberg,” President of Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT, “Dr. Peter Deckers,” Dean of University of Connecticut Health Center, Jack Dempsey Hospital, “Dr. Peter J. Robinson,” Dean Emeritus, University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Dental Medicine, "Mr. Jack Rosenthal," first selectman of Newtown, CT, "Adriaen Block," The Connecticut River Museum, “Alex P. Franklin,” Farmington Public Library in Farmington, CT, and “C.P. Noel McCarthy MD,” Saint Raphael Hospital in New Haven, CT. 


DeCesare’s work has been honored by regional and national juried exhibitions including The New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art and The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and has won numerous awards for his work. DeCesare’s work has been exhibited at Tunxis Community College, University of Hartford, Syracuse University and The New Britain Museum of American Art among others.


Jim DeCesare has broad experience as an artist educator including: Fine Arts Instructor and Head of the Visual and Performing Arts at The Master’s School, in Simsbury, Connecticut, Adjunct Instructor of Painting and Drawing at Tunxis Community College, formerly: Figure-Drawing Instructor at the Hartford Art School Pre-College Program, Figure Drawing Instructor at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Adjunct Instructor of Painting at The Hartford Art School, Portrait Painting Instructor at the West Hartford Art League, as well as many lectures and demonstrations to regional arts organizations.


DeCesare lectures on the topic of creativity in the digital age and has spoken at numerous Technology and Innovation Conferences for higher education faculty and staff including; The Creative Genius of Thomas Edison at the University of New Haven, Engaging the Twenty-First Century Learner at Middlesex Community College, and Old School vs. Digital...Nothing but Choices at Tunxis Community College in Connecticut. DeCesare's lectures focus on bridging the gap between studio art practices and the exponential use of digital-media; by helping students better tell their unique stories, and to help inform the public of the value of the arts and creativity. 

DeCesare's students have been recognized for their artistic achievements by organizations such as the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, have attended major art schools around the country, and have built successful art careers. He has taught professional development to Connecticut high school art teachers at the Connecticut Art Educators Association annual conference, and regularly mentors teens building scholarship-level art portfolios. He has also served as guest juror for numerous arts organizations including The Connecticut Council of Travel and Tourism. 


About Jim DeCesare

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