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              In partnership with                San Diego Active Kids

and Essbee Learning Center


“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

Our Chefs

Jelena Gazivoda


Art Scōl founder

Jelena Gazivoda


My approach to art education rests on a foundation of classical training, studio experience, and hands-on work with students of all ages.


From 1999-2003, I studied fundamental aesthetics, anatomical and figural sketching, realistic painting and drawing, and fresco and icon painting at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2009 from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where I was a lecturer and adjunct professor in ceramics until 2015.


In 2015, I moved to San Diego, where I currently teach classes in two and three-dimensional media at several local community colleges. Since then, I have also been working with kids of all ages (including my own elementary-age daughter), teaching and developing art programs for students from elementary to high school in different community settings in the San Diego area. 

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