Students' Testimonials

Sara Gallagher

Studying under Dirk Dzimirsky has changed the course of my professional art career forever.  I attended a graphite drawing workshop of his in February of 2019 and my expectations were completely exceeded.  Since then, I've continued to work with him through his online mentorship program, allowing his teachings to truly sink in and my skill set start to flourish. 

 Dirk's teaching style is clear, comprehensive, and direct. He is a master at his technique and passes on what he knows in an easy to understand step-by-step method.  Beyond teaching skill, his mentorship for professional art practices has helped tremendously as I pursue art as a career.  Since working with him, I have shown work in multiple new states, galleries, and museums, was a Spotlight Artist with TedxMarin, made it as a finalist in two prestigious international art contests (the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2020 and the International Biennial Portrait Competition 2021), have been featured in multiple publications, magazines, and books, gained gallery representation by 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL USA., and have sold numerous originals and limited edition prints.    

Dirk truly supports me as an artist.  He shares his opinion, but always clearly encourages me to follow my own artistic vision, and finds the best ways he can to life me up while doing so.  It has been an absolute honor to call him my mentor. Dirk - thank you for all that you do for me and for all of the artists you work with!