(Nela V. Steric), Visual Artist/Creativity Coach


All My Students,

All My Classrooms



(Nela V. Steric)

M.F.A., M.A.E.

e-mail nvsart@yahoo.com


web site: www.teachergallery.com

IG: @nvsart



Over twenty years of experience teaching Studio Art and Art History to students of all ages. Provide practical skills, theory, and history of art; educating students in

painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture. Strong knowledge of theory and techniques required for releasing the creativity in students.

Art design, teaching, and instruction for individuals and group classes.

Excellent knowledge of the principles and methods for curriculum mapping and visual art training programs.  


Western European studio art techniques and art history - Student motivation - Curriculum mapping - Experienced artist - Extensive exhibition history - Resourceful and creative - Professionally trained ­­­­­­­ 



California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA  

Master of Arts in Art Education California State University Northridge, Northridge CA; 2009  

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Academy of Fine Arts, Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia; 1993  

Technician of Graphic Design High School of Design, Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia; 1989 ­­                                                                                                                                                                                               


Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills CA                          

08/2003 – Current

Studio Art Teacher

Visual Arts Program Director

Chaminade Fine Arts Department Chairperson (2017-2019)

Create and teach exciting and challenging art program to inspire and educate students for grades 9-12 in subjects of Studio Art, Drawing, Design for Art Graphics.

Working with faculty, educational coaching, developing Visual Arts curriculum, collaborating within and outside of the Visual Arts Program. 


Nela’s Art Studio, Thousand Oaks CA                                          

03/1996 - Current

Work one-on-one and in group settings offering private art tuition in all areas of studio art.      

Learning Tree University, Chatsworth CA                                               

09/-2002 – 05/2003

Lecturer Instructor of History of Interior Design and Decoration, Multi Media Art, Trompe L’ Oil Technique, Mosaic, Collage, and Oil Painting.

Instructor for adults experienced in the field, interior designers, and decorators pursuing Professional Certification Programs offered by nationally accredited university.  
Absolutely Art, Calabasas CA                                          

05/2002  - 08/2002

Art Teacher After-school enrichment program for public school students.

 The Art Den, Thousand Oaks CA                                                  

02/2001 – 05/2002

Art Teacher Full-time teacher and assistant for over one hundred students, children, and adults. Working with children and adults of all levels, using art as therapy and stress reliever.  

 Karlovacka Gimnazija, (High School), former Yugoslavia                      

01/1993 – 12/1996 Art Teacher Art and Art History ­­­­­­­



PERSONAL DETAILS   Born in the former Yugoslavia, present day Rep. of Serbia; Widowed (2014), 1 Son (21); Naturalized US Citizen 2002. ­­­­        



1991- 1996          

Several group exhibitions in Novi Sad and Belgrade, former Yugoslavia.  


Solo exhibition “Drawings” at Culture Center in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia.          


Group exhibition II Karlovacki Salon Mladih,” Palace Stefaneum, Sremski Karlovci, former Yugoslavia.  


21st Salon of Sremska Mitrovica, at the Lazar Vozarevic Gallery, Sr. Mitrovica, former Yugoslavia.  


Karlovacki Salon Mladih III, The Stefaneum Pallace, Sremski Karlovci, former Yugoslavia.  


Member of the Westlake Village Art Guild, Westlake Village CA.                                     

Member of Thousand Oaks Art Association.

Local group exhibitions at Thousand Oaks Community Gallery CA (March, November, December).  

Solo exhibition and many local group exhibitions at Mayor Frank Shillo’s office in Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks;

Camarillo Community Bank, Westlake Village.  


Member of Ventura County Art Council.

Exhibition and art workshops, grand opening of the Hillcrest Center, Thousand Oaks CA.  


Group exhibition “Reflections” at Civic Arts Plaza Thousand Oaks CA.      

Member of the Chicago Windy City Artists. National competition and group exhibition “Vision 99” at Zarem/Golde Art Technical Institute, Chicago IL.  


International competition and group exhibition ”One Hundred Sacred Visions” (the spiritual in contemporary art) at the Austellung, Payerbach, Austria.  


CSU Northridge Art Education students’ group performance “Decade of 1959-1969, in USA” held at CSU Northridge, CA.   

2004 – 2005  “The Iwano Project V” international group art project.

2008-2010 Artoteque.com - First International Online Exhibition Biennial.

2005-Annually  CSUN Invitational Exhibition for Students and Teachers, Northridge, CA.

2013- Thousand Oaks Art Association Membership Show, Thousand Oaks, CA.

2015 - Artavita, 16th Online Competition. Certificate of Excellence.



- Viridian Artists Inc. Gallery's 27th International Juried Exhibition, NYC, NY.

- Figure One Gallery, Group Expo University of Urbana - Champaign, Department of Art/Design Art Ed Micro Residence, IL.
- The Hive Gallery & Studios, “Equilibrium Rites”/”Honey and Venom”/”Cosmic Union”, Los Angeles, CA.
- 47th National River Road Show, Louisiana State Archives Building, Baton Rouge, LA.

- Art Kudos, 2016 International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition (online only).

-Seyhoun Gallery's Exhibit, "Unconscious Mind in Action", Los Angeles, CA

- California Art League's Exhibit, "Spirits of the Night", CAL's 2016 Gold Medal Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA

- Pirate Contemporary Art Gallery Juried National Exhibition, Denver, CO.


- 16th Annual Juried Open Exhibition, at Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga, CA

- Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 2017 International Watercolor Exhibition, at WAS-H Gallery, Houston, TX.

- NEXT Gallery’s National Juried Show “Next Up”, Denver, CO.

- Brownsville Museum of Art 45th International Art Show, Brownsville, TX.

- LAAA's (Los Angeles Art Association) 2017 Benefit Auction, LA, CA.

- Las Laguna Gallery's All Media, show "Spectacular", Laguna Beach, CA.

-ISEA, 26th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists, Sanibel, FL.

-Pittsburgh Watercolor Society's "Aqueous", 71st Annual International Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA

- New Member Group Show - an Artist Member to TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

- Viridian Artists Inc. Gallery's Director's Choice Show, NYC, NY.


- Solo Exhibition at TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

- Santa Cruz Art League, “Planet Pulse”, a National Exhibit, Santa Cruz, CA.

​- LAAA's (Los Angeles Art Association) 2018 Benefit Auction, LA, CA.

- Santa Cruz Art League, “Planet Pulse”, a National Art Exhibit, Santa Cruz, CA.
- 2018 Bank of the Arts National Juried Exhibition.

- Ashton Gallery @ Art on 30th, 2018 "BlackOut" National and Regional Exhibition.


- Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 2019 42nd International Watermedia Exhibition, at WAS-H Gallery, Houston, TX.

- Pikes Peak International Watermedia Exhibition 2019, Colorado Springs, CO.



Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 2019 42nd International Watermedia Exhibition, at WAS-H Gallery, Houston, TX​, Texas Art Supply Award.
Nela V. Steric is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association (2016).
Her works are in many private collections nationwide.
Her works are published in the Winter 2016-17 edition of Studio Visit Magazine.

Her works are published in the December 2018 edition of Quarterly Art Journal.