A Note From Founder Robert Armetta
The Long Island Academy of Fine Art was unofficially started in 1999, when I began teaching a drawing class in the basement of the First Congregational Church on Main Street, in downtown Riverhead. Before too long, the class outgrew that space and we moved to Griffing Avenue, a few blocks away, where in 2000 we officially became LIAFA. After a year or so, the studio on Griffing was too small to accommodate a growing number of students, so we moved to a three-room studio on Main Street, and worked and grew there for about six years. In early 2008, in order to gain better classroom space, grow in quality, and make the resources of LIAFA more accessible to a greater number of students throughout Long Island, we moved to a larger space, and significantly expanded class offerings and our faculty.
The Long Island Academy of Fine Art was the first school for classical art studies on Long Island, and since its founding it has established itself as the premier art academy on Long Island. LIAFA attracts students both local—from Glen Cove, Oyster Bay, and points further away in Nassau County and Suffolk County—and also from Queens, Brooklyn, NYC, and beyond. At the Long Island Academy we uphold the highest standards of classical academic drawing, painting, and sculpture, and offer courses for young artists (kids ages 8 – 13), high-school students, and adults of all levels and abilities, from novices to professional artists. All of our classes are taught by exhibiting professional artists with thorough MFA training. The Academy closely adheres to the strict program of study that I experienced as a student at some of the best art schools both here in the U.S. and in Europe. At the very core of the program is our primary objective: training a student’s eye to see accurately and with sensitivity. The whole program centers on this task, following a progression of classes to help the student achieve this step-by-step. Beyond this, the Academy offers an array of classes dealing with an assortment of other disciplines, such as anatomy, color theory, and composition.
I invite you to call us at 516-590-4324 and set up a time to come and visit the school.