Build Your Skills as an Artist With a Purpose.

We know that you’ve been feeling that there is so much to learn and so little time. We understand that you want to know what will happen next and where your art will take you. You enjoy painting or drawing, but you know that it can be so much more. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have artistic experience, you want to know if you’ve chosen the right path.  

How Can We Help?

We can help you develop your skills to the professional level. At Prima Materia you will find a community of artists with similar goals and interests. You will be able to use art as a means to communicate your ideas, beautify your world, have a creative outlet, be an inspiration to your friends and family, be more open-minded – someone who can solve problems in an unusual way, be able to deal with mistakes, foster your creativity, build your income and boost self-confidence. Our instructors will help you every step of the way.

A college portfolio student and an instructor go over the student's art portfolio before submission.

What’s Our Goal?

To help you reach your highest potential. To enable you to experience creativity as an endless source of joy and inspiration, and at the same time help you be productive and monetize that creativity.

Here, you will begin to make art that sells, and that buyers want (not only galleries and curators). Art that people recognize as meaningful and important.

What Makes Us Special?

We have a method of teaching art that is unique – not taught anywhere else in the world.

 We developed this teaching system based on the ways the Masters of the past had been taught, combined with the latest research in the cognitive science and psychology. This method has shown to be very effective with absolute beginners. Any person who comes in the door, becomes an advanced artist within a year. Under this method, the mind learns with the speed of a child. We have helped hundreds of beginners become confident, unique, and ambitious artists with the renewed sense of self-identity.

Jeremy, a student with no drawing abilities, came to us needing a portfolio for art college for Gnomon, a visual effects and animation school. Our student had only 10 months before the deadline. Under our system, he learned to draw and paint, and became highly proficient in live drawing, perspective, and portraiture, and in 10 months he was accepted. He became the youngest student to have been accepted to that college, one of the best students in that college, and upon graduating was offered a job in his dream industry as a visual effects artist. 

How Can You Get the Same Results?

Come in, take a month of classes (we have Intro Package with a special price to new students) and see for yourself!  Read about the Intro Package*

Many new students start with the one-day workshop, called Prima Materia Workshop (it is also called “Learn to Paint in One Day”). Read about Lean to Paint in One Day workshop  Buy it here

Bring your friends and get a group rate!  See the Group Rate

Call us, make an appointment, and ask all your questions. We will show you the studio, you will see the work of beginner students and student who have been learning here for some time.


Prima Materia Institute is an established art school in San Diego, California. We welcome all artistic levels, from absolute beginners to emerging artists, looking for better art training. Our unconventional techniques and highly trained instructors make the studio an inviting and special place to paint. The combination of university-level curriculum, accelerated training, flexible enrollment, and the quality of students art work make Prima Materia Institute one of San Diego’s most progressive art schools. On top of that, we have rolling enrollment – a convenient option for those that enjoy living by their own schedule.


The distinct characteristic of our school is the extraordinary method of teaching with Right-Brain training. We acknowledge every person is different – with that being said, we’ve discovered how to make sure everyone gets the training they need in order to achieve their ambition. If you’re looking for an art school that can deliver, Prima Materia Institute is the place.


One of the greatest feelings in art is when an artist experiences effortlessness in painting and drawing. Coincidentally, we help individuals attain that feeling through the “Prima Materia Workshop”, our proprietary 6-hour immersive transformational workshop. As a result, those that attend this workshop will learn how to paint in only one day and reintroduce their creative side to the world.


Our Portfolio Program is created for artists committed to developing their work. Inside the group classes, our instructors work with each student individually, according to personal goals and learning styles. As a result of the College Portfolio Program, our young and emerging artists become independent artists.

In fact, students can create an admission-ready body of work in less than one year.

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