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Awakening a spirit of creativity


Carmel Art Education Studio was founded in 2018 by Irina Smulevitch -  a seasoned artist and educator and a long time Carmel resident. A graduate of Master of Fine Arts, Irina has taught art and design classes, both privately and in higher education, for 25 years. For the past ten years she was a full-time drawing and watercolor instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center.  Irina is an acclaimed and award-winning artist whose works have been exhibited internationally and belong to private collectors around the world.  Irina's vision is to provide art education to the entire community in a creative and inspiring space right in the heart of the beautiful Village of WestClay.
“For me, teaching and painting are interconnected. Painting is simply communicating through the language of art. I want to be able to share my thoughts and emotions, and make people around me happy,” says Irina, “I believe that it is very important to awaken a spirit of creativity in everyone, whatever their level of artistic potential. Our classes generate a sense of shared culture, experience, and diversity. We talk about the history of art. We have open discussions about issues that are important in our lives. In an age of technology we sometimes lose sight of natural qualities. Art opens the opportunity for us to communicate with each other, to offer encouragement, and to bring more vitality into our lives.”
Irina works tirelessly to help cultivate the inner artist in all of her students and guests who come into her studio. In addition to regular classes, the studio offers workshops, lectures and themed art nights to help inspire a creative spark.
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun by joining us today!



Something for Everyone

The studio offers classes for all levels in portrait drawing, anatomy, perspective, composition, and much more. Students will be able to choose from mediums such as charcoal, pencil, pastel, as well as watercolor. In addition, workshops, art-lectures, and fun art-themed socials create a wonderful addition and opportunity for students to socialize and explore.

Now is the perfect time to get started! Learn more about our offerings below to find one that fits what you’re looking for.

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We can’t all be a modern Picasso, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your inner artist a shot. All of our classes focus on the process, rather than the end result of art. Here, we consider that each piece of art created is an honest masterpiece. Call us today to find out more. Spaces are limited, so it’s best to act fast!

If you know someone who enjoys art - surprise them with a gift of learning at our studio!

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If you’re tired of working at home without improvement, try coming into our studio and get professional advice on your watercolor, pencil, charcoal, or pastel project.

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A Creative Night Out!  Schedule your own group or join us for a pre-scheduled evening.  Come! Enjoy! Create!



Don't miss the rare opportunity to meet and learn from renowned art professionals! Whether your media of choice is Water Color, Pastel, or  Each workshop will bring a   to help you become the artist you always dreamed of being. Oil Painting is great for all who want to get an all encompassing lesson about the art world.


At Carmel Art Education Studio students eagerly anticipate their classes with Irina. Jody Tzucker, a long-time student says, “Patiently guiding her students while encouraging and praising their talents, Irina helps everyone, from beginner to advanced, to reach their potential in painting or drawing. She helps each person grow at their own pace, and allows individual style to emerge.”
Meg Harms, Irina’s drawing and painting student who has been taken her classes for more than six years says, “Being a student of Irina Smulevitch has changed the way I see my world, and the way I see myself.”

Check out more students reviews online

The Carmel Art Education Studio is a perfect place for anyone seeking a supportive community in which they will find their artistic voice and improve their skills in an enjoyable and educational environment.

Our studio was featured in Carmel Magazine in 2020 and again in 2022.





"My main goal is to create a supportive atmosphere, to bring enthusiasm, energy, and a caring environment to my students .

I encourage contacts between the students inside the classroom and within the whole studio, as well as through

Plein Air sessions and trips to the IMA. 

I try to teach not only the technique of the medium, but also expanding my students' interest and share their experience."



If you know someone who enjoys art - surprise them with a gift of learning!

This e-card can be bought for just one introductory class or as many as you wish...


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