ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Anastasia Shimshilashvili: Realism and the #ShimaMethod

Anastasia Shimshilashvili: Realism and the #ShimaMethod

A life full of love and art inspiration plus a career that is equally successful and fulfilling, let’s shine the spotlight on our ZenARTist of January 2021. Let’s take a look at the personal and professional life of Anastasia Shimshilashvili, also known in the art world as Shima.  

Early Life in Moscow
Art Inspiration from an Early Age
Art Inspiration and Life in London
Collaboration with ZenART – Proudly our Brand Ambassador
Latest Book “Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A-to-Z”
Select Pieces from Shima’s Body of Work

Anastasia Romanovna Shimshilashvili is a London-based artist, author and teacher who creates realistic paintings whilst running her own successful YouTube Art channel ART Shima. Shima developed a comprehensive teaching method called the #shimamethod that has helped many aspiring artists all over the world create beautiful art. She has published her first art textbook in Russia based on her acclaimed teaching methods and her latest book “PENCIL PORTRAIT: Drawing Techniques A to Z” published in Russian through the support of ZenART Supplies has just been released and available on Amazon UK and Germany this February.  We are now working on an English version of the book and it will be available towards the end of 2021, which we’ll be happy to offer through our website.

Early Life in Moscow

Shima was born on the 31st of August 1987 in Moscow, Russia to a lovely family of four. Her parents Tatiana Kurasova and Roman Shimshilashvili are both professionals who fully supported Shima’s artistic development. Tatiana is a scholar, a graduate of the Philosophy Faculty at Moscow State University and currently doing academic research on rare plants. Her father Roman, a graduate from Plekhanov Institute of Economics and Trade currently works in trade and commerce. Shima’s sister, Hristina Nikiforova, completed a PhD in Genetics from the Biology Faculty of Moscow State University and later established her very own artisan leather goods business.

art inspiration - Moscow State University by I.s.kopytov CC BY-SA 4.0, commons.wikimedia.org
Moscow State University by I.s.kopytov CC BY-SA 4.0, commons.wikimedia.org

Born and raised in the country’s center of historic transformation, Shima grew up surrounded by the sophisticated culture of contemporary Moscow. She received all the encouragement and art inspiration needed as a child from her family. From a young age she attended the local drawing club. On top of all her fine art studies, Shima completed music school specializing in piano and for 7 years was a soloist in a choir. Not only was she excelling in music, Shima was also engaged in professional ballroom dancing for 7 years simultaneously.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili childhood photo
Shima’s photo from childhood

Shima’s earliest exposure to fine art came through a very unlikely source—her love for sports. Her grandmother, Alla Mihailenko who is a professional athlete has greatly influenced her granddaughter’s passion in sports.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili from childhood
Shima is a great swimmer, and since childhood loves sports

Coincidentally, the prestigious Art Lyceum — under the auspices of the Russian National Academy of Arts — had an exceptional sports complex complete with a swimming pool and Olympic gold medalists for coaches. Shima simply had to get admitted. Through the help of her grandmother Alla, Shima endeavoured to learn how to draw remarkably well in six months to be able to utilise the benefits of the lyceum’s sports complex. In 1998, Shima got accepted into the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum of The Russian Academy of Arts.

Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts
Exhibition of works of the students of Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum of The Russian Academy of Arts

Art Inspiration from an Early Age

A large part of Shima’s knowledge and skill, dedication and work discipline, as well as her painting style, was formed in her years at the Art Lyceum. It was a whole family effort, as well. Her father, Roman would drive her to school for an hour every morning and her mother Tatiana would pick her up everyday after school.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili self portrait from 2001
Self-portrait in Red. 2001. Oil on canvas. 55 x 75 cm.

Thanks to her hard work and art inspiration under the supervision of her teachers and the extensive curriculum at the Art Lyceum, Shima effectively expanded her artistic skills in preparation for her professional development as a painter — from painting, art history, anatomy, academic drawing, composition to sculpture. Shima also learnt that anatomy is a key factor to a painter’s freedom in visual form and style, an important component of the #shimamethod.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili self portrait detail shot from 2001
Detail shot. Self-portrait in Red. 2001. Oil on canvas. 55 x 75 cm.

She grasped the significance of educating oneself with the works of the great masters but above all, it is where she discovered the importance of learning from friends and colleagues.

As part of the Lyceum’s curriculum, the students travel to different cities for field trips and art inspiration which culminates into exhibitions of art related to the previous trip. This enabled Shima to regularly showcase her art, and on her final exhibition at 11th grade, her artwork got selected for admission into the prestigious Surikov Art Institute, Russian Academy of Arts exempting her from the rigorous selection process of the institute.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili painting from 2003
Solovetsky Islands. 2003, currently in London UK. Oil on wood. 50 х 75 cm.

Shima started attending the Faculty of Painting at the Surikov Art Institute in 2005 as a logical progression of her education from the Art Lyceum and in 2006, Shima earned admission into the Department of Monumental Art at the institute. It’s in this department that she learnt various material technologies like making mosaics, stained glass and church frescoes as well as a deeper understanding of oil painting and techniques. In 2009, Shima completed her bachelor’s degree in Monumental Art and earned her master’s degree in 2011.

Boats. 2005, currently in London, UK. Oil on wood. 40 x 75 cm.

Art Inspiration and Life in London

Life after school was colourful and full of opportunities for Shima. She began teaching online even before it was a popular channel for learning. Soon after graduating from the institute, Shima started developing her very own method of teaching academic drawing and painting online through video communication. Her method allows for teaching any technique through drawing in Photoshop, where the student can see even closer the whole process and explanations in more detail. Shima established her YouTube art channel in 2012 to help aspiring artists learn everything about drawing, painting, where she generously shares art inspiration, her tutorials and best art practices.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili YouTube channel Art Shima
Shima’s YouTube channel with drawing and painting tutorials has over 262K raving fans at the time of writing, plus many more on IG

At the same time, Shima accepted commissioned portrait works on pieces where she has the complete trust of the collector and the freedom of artistic expression. Portraits have always been a big part of Shima’s Art practice. When asked about this matter, she shared that what she loves about working on portraits is the diversity of people and their character as well as the details and texture of their clothing which are usually intricately tied to their cultural background.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili with husband Darshan
Anastasia with her husband Darshan during the reception of her personal exhibition in London “Colour & Tone,” 2019

Moving to London, meant being in one of the biggest centers of contemporary art in the world. Shima was selected and invited to join major art groups and exhibitions in the city like the Royal Society of British Artists where she won multiple times, The Biennial Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, The Other Art Fair, New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Pastel Society and the Society of Women Artists amongst others. Shima also participated in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 TV shows.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili painting Mark Grattis portrait during Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 show
Anastasia painting Mark Gattis portrait (which he chose) during the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 Show;

Collaboration with ZenART – Proudly our Brand Ambassador

We’re thrilled to share that Shima is ZenART Brand Ambassador and is collaborating with us on several long-term projects. Throughout 2020 she was closely working with me, in testing and giving her expert advice for our latest Virtuoso line of Artist Watercolour products. Expect to see more of Shima’s artwork in the coming months as she’s created the featured artworks for this upcoming collection of watercolour paints and paper pads. 

We are currently working together to open to the public a brand-new Art Shima School – with lots of art inspiration, amazing video courses based on #shimamethod – in different mediums, first in Russian, and later translated into English.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili with ZenART founder Ardak Kassenova
After the meeting discussing the collaboration – Anastasia and Ardak at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2020

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili with ZenART Renoir and Artist's Choice brushes
Shima loves our Renoir Collection and Artist’s Choice brush sets for her oil painting.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili used ZenART Infinity Series oil paints
Recently, Shima started using our Infinity Series oil paints and we are in a process of creating new master-classes on Materials and Oil painting for beginners based on #shimamethod, including amazing portrait courses

Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A to Z

In 2015 a Russian publisher “AST” published Shima’s self-instruction art book How to Learn to Draw: A simple guide to all techniques (ISBN 9785171003692) – based on her teaching methods. It was a great success, with 3000 copies sold out in the first three days. 

This February we’re excited to launch together her second book, Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A to Z — a result of fifteen fruitful years of teaching art. When asked as to what inspired her to publish a more comprehensive art textbook, Shima shared that in writing each of her books, she was motivated by the successes of her students. The books are also influenced by her students’ questions. A decade and a half of teaching made it possible to thoroughly study which exercises are most effective, and which knowledge and skills are prerequisites and priorities. Fifteen years of weighing and weeding out lessons and activities. This significantly helped speed up the learning timeline to move up to more complex lessons like drawing a portrait.

Art inspiration - Anastasia Shimshilashvili book Pencil Portrait Drawing Techniques A to Z
“Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A to Z” Russian original is published through the support of ZenART Supplies. Available on Amazon UK and Germany, February 2021.

In Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A to Z, Shima put together all of her findings, art inspiration, all the necessary stages of work and anatomical moments so that after studying the book, even a novice artist would be able to draw a portrait. The book not only contains the descriptions of each level but also includes specific exercises designed to be performed prior to starting a stage. To help artists further, Shima included detailed analyses of all the equally important parts of the portrait—eyes, nose, mouth, as well as the ears, hair, neck, and shoulder girdle. The book is published to the highest standards, hardcover with over 200 original illustrations by Shima with very detailed step-by-step instructions – a truly amazing content and pleasure for the eyes. We are sure this long-awaited book will be a great gift for yourself or an artist you know.

“Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A to Z” – hot off the press – first copy signed by Anastasia for ZenART founders Roberto & Ardak – just before the third lock-down.  

The book will also tackle necessary knowledge and understanding of the laws of chiaroscuro, composition, shading in form, and sketching. As I mentioned above, Pencil Portrait – Drawing Techniques A to Z is available in Russian original copy and published with the support of ZenART Supplies. And of course, for the English speakers in our community, an English version is in the works and will be available towards the end of 2021 so don’t miss that!

Selected Pieces from Shima’s Body of Work

Indeed having the knowledge and skill to create art in various forms using a multitude of mediums allowed Shima to produce professional art that is not only beautifully and correctly composed, but also loved by collectors and arts enthusiasts. Now that we learnt much about this amazing artist, teacher and author, let’s take a look at some recent pieces from Anastasia Shimshilashvili’s body of work.

Reflection. 2017. Watercolour on paper. 67 x 40 cm.

Aspiration. 2018. Oil on canvas. 70 x 70 + 120 x 70 + 70 x 70 cm triptych


City. 2018. Watercolour on paper. 70 x 52 cm.

Magic Light. 2019. Oil on canvas. 120 x 70 cm.

Adam & Eve. 2021. Oil on canvas. 100 x 100 cm.

Say hello to our ZenARTist for January 2021, our Brand Ambassador – Anastasia Shimshilashvili! What questions do you have for Shima? Don’t forget to leave them below. We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts!


Ardak Kassenova is a London based contemporary artist, co-founder and creative director of ZenART Supplies. Her visual style-contemporary impressionism-share similar aesthetic qualities with those by the French Impressionists. After 20 years of a successful corporate career, becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, and with the continuous development of her practice by taking private lessons from the best artists she could find; Ardak decided it's time to align her life with her true passion, Art. Driven by this passion and her corporate leadership background, she co-founded ZenART.

"My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I've been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums."

Read more about Ardak Kassenova in this feature. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!



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