The Studio Visit launches TSV Academy Fall 2022

By Editorial Team on August 23, 2022

This fall 2022, TSV is launching a new program titled TSV Academy. This program will offer educational services supporting art classes, mentoring and portfolio development, to all levels of ability and experience. Meetings will be held virtually along with in-person critiques and informal exhibitions. Led by the dynamic Founder and Director, Isabel Manalo, curricula and scheduling will cater to each client’s specific needs.

Isabel’s love for teaching is framed by a deep commitment to the artistic process. Her methods are direct, nurturing, and substantive from her experience teaching at the middle and upper school level, and the college, graduate and post-graduate level. Joining Isabel in this program will be equally qualified and experienced artist educators who live in the D.C. area who have had international experience both teaching and exhibiting.

We are excited to be offering this unique opportunity for artists, art students, and art lovers who are wanting something beyond the basics of formal training and who desire an approach to learning about and making art from a holistic and global perspective that honors all histories of art-making.

Sessions offered will be focused on the following:

1.) Tutoring and Mentoring for all Art courses including AP Art requirements

2.) Portfolio Development for Summer Art Programs

3.) Portfolio Development for College and Graduate Art Applications

4.) Artist Statement Writing and Editing

5.) Professional Development and Mentoring to emerging and mid-career artists that include critical feedback on artwork, providing collegial network support, and navigating the various facets of the art industry such as teaching, curating, residencies, galleries and so much more.

6.) Classes in Drawing and Painting, Mix Media and Collage in all levels of ability including senior citizens.

Contact: for more information and please include your name, grade, what service or class you are interested in taking, and a phone number. For further information please also visit




“Isabel is a teacher who inspired and encouraged me to pursue art. She made me and countless other students feel comfortable and genuinely cared for, and she takes great effort to understand you and your goals. She was one of the only teachers at Burke who made students feel genuinely comfortable and cared for.

— Stella Magee, Edmund Burke School, ’20 and currently a sophomore at Otis School of Art in L.A.

“Isabel is a great art teacher!”

— Damian Jones, Former Head of School, The Edmund Burke School, April 2022.

“Isabel’s remarkable energy to go above and beyond meant that she often took her students out of the classroom to museums and galleries, shared insights from her own vibrant art practice, and brought in other working artists to give her students direct experiences with what was new and exciting in the art world For quite a few students these eye opening opportunities allowed them to imagine themselves as true artists for the first time.”

Lucinda Leach, Former Chair of the Art Department, The Edmund Burke School, May 2022.