Chestnut Hill Arts Academy

Award winning portfolio preparation and extracurricular arts classes in Newton, MA, taught by Marina Raybman.

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When it comes to college admissions, our students
are the competition.

Harvard, MIT, RISD, Pratt, Brown, MASSArt

Schools that matriculated our students in 2016. We have built successful portfolios for general admissions and Portfolio Days at every Ivy League and elite art university in the country

Scholastic Awards

Golden Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention for 5 consecutive years

Junior National Duck Stamp Competition

Winners for 10 consecutive years.

Peer Recognition

Our students' work is routinely featured in student newspapers and magazines in the greater Boston area, giving them confidence in their abilities and visibility in their communities.

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Improving Academic Achievement Through Art.

Extracurricular art lessons are shown to enrich a student's entire education, from literature to math. Art helps stimulate creativity, grasp abstract ideas, and conceptualize thoughts into output with a unique and thoughtful point of view. 


Angela, Parent, 16:

"Since starting classes at Chestnut Hill Art Academy, I noticed an improvement in my daughters natural curiosity towards her surroundings. Between arts lessons she became more attentive and concentrated in school and at home."

K12 and Continuing Curriculum

Students are welcome without any prior arts experience. We begin by learning fundamentals of shape and color, then build on that using each student's unique attitude and experience to uncover their individual artistic style.

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Maya, 14

My art lesson is the best part of the week! Every time I feel like I'm making something new and exciting. I love thinking through ideas for new paintings.

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Plein Air Study

Our curriculum includes excursions to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Peabody Essex Museum, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for lectures and on-site instruction.


Other plein air activities include outdoors painting, history and culture tours to contextualize the study of art.

I know I would not have made it into RISD and MassArt without Marina's coaching and preparation.

Matthew, Alumni
MassArt '20

Chestnut Hill Art Academy has been a core component of my daughter's education for the past 5 years. She looks forward to her Sunday lessons more than any of her school or extra curricular activities.

Ilya, Parent
Newton South High

I was accepted into every college I applied to and will be going to Yale in the fall. My portfolio and arts experience has been the centerpiece of my application.

David, Student
Lexington High

My daughter started taking classes with Marina when she was 7. The effect on her schoolwork and overall concentration has been profound across the board.

Angela, Parent
Wellesley High
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Advanced Arts Career Coaching

The best Art colleges and universities are competitive to get into and challenging to succeed at. At Chestnut Hill Art Academy, we have a proven track record of launching successful artist careers.

Portfolio Day Preparation

Build a winning portfolio tailored to your strengths and the requirements of each school you're applying to.

Extracurricular Coaching

Classes to help you stay ahead in all of your 2d fine arts classes: water color, gouache, oil, pastel, drawing/graphics and mixed media.

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About the Teacher: 
Marina Raybman

Founder and Artistic Director

Marina Raybman established the Chestnut Hill Art Academy in Newton, MA in 2000. Relying on her classical European arts education and over 20 years of K12 and higher education experience she designed a curriculum that gives students strong fundamentals of painting technique while helping them develop individual style and expression.

Marina Recieved her BA, MA and MFA in fine arts from the Moscow University of Arts and Design. She is a member of the Newton Arts Association, two-time James King Bonnar award winner, and multiple time Scholastic noted arts educator.


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Direct Contact:

E: raybmanart@gmail.com
P: 617-244-0167

1007 Chestnut Street,
Newton, MA 02467