Conveying ideas through art and design comes very naturally to some young artists and with more difficulty for others. When I first started getting serious about painting at age 16 or 17, the thought of being conceptual with my artwork was daunting. At that time, I was mostly using oil paint to create images of … Continue reading Approaching Concept for Teens
From left to right, top to bottom – Nick Knight, Nolen Strals, Frank Ammerlaan, Takashi Murakami, Alex Katz "Who's your favorite artist?" When I typically ask students this question, their responses include some combination of indifference or ……. Here’s the thing: Experiencing other artists’ work is an essential part of being an artist. When I … Continue reading A Student’s Guide to Looking at Art and Artists
Deciding which art degree is right for you is the first step in deciding which college is right for you… AA/AFA, BA/BS/BFA? Asking yourself these four questions will help you determine if a two year college, traditional liberal arts college or a college of art and design is the right choice for you. An … Continue reading Knowing the Right Art Degree for You
I attended the NAEA conference last week in NYC and came away even more inspired and driven to help students acheive their creative dreams. The conference was attended by over 1,000 art teachers from across the world, I even met a Finnish teacher, visiting the US for the first time, all there to share their … Continue reading Inspirations from the NAEA Conference
We're holding a really exciting workshop this spring: Careers in the Arts and the response has been enthusiastic from both students and parents alike. This workshop introduces you to a variety of professions where having a degree in the arts is essential. I always start out by asking everyone to look around them. Where ever … Continue reading Careers in the Arts
There have been many posts and much concern about the defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) but many of us probably don't know what it is and what it does. The National Endowment for the Arts was established by congress in 1965 as an "independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the … Continue reading The importance of the National Endowment for the Arts
Thoughts on Observational Drawing Part 1: Really Start Looking In the 1400s the world was changed by a profound new understanding of how to represent three-dimensional space on a flat surface. Before this time, artists used methods other than perspective to depict space in their work. Through centuries of practice these new abilities let loose … Continue reading Thoughts on Observational Drawing
Following blogs is great to get new ideas, inspiration, information and just to dream. Here are some of the blogs that we follow, some come as a feed to our inbox, others you have to go and read, either way they're worth the time. Beautiful Decay highlights edgy new artists and designers from around … Continue reading 10 Great Art Blogs to Follow
This summer I had the great fortune to be in London for the Georgia O'Keeffe show at the Tate Modern. I've always loved O'Keeffe's use of color and organic lines in both her natural abstractions and cityscapes. One painting that caught my attention was "From the River – Pale" from 1959, painted from her memories … Continue reading Inspiring Art
Winter break is upon us and that means a much-deserved break from schedules and responsibilities for most teenagers and art students. I am often asked by students and parents if I would recommend that the student spend time making art during their break. The answer is always different and depends on where the individual … Continue reading Thoughts on the Art Student and Winter Break
National Portfolio Day was a fantastic opportunity to show your work to a handful of art schools and get feedback from their admissions teams.
One of the most energizing and inspirational events I engaged in during my art school admissions career was to travel around the country attending numerous National Portfolio Days. There, I reviewed prospective students’ artwork. Over the years I met hundreds of students, providing them feedback on their portfolios to strengthen how they represented their visual concepts and, therefore, strengthening their chances at admission to their choice schools.
My travels this summer brought me to Prague for less than 24 hours. Since it wasn't planned I hadn't done any research, which is sometimes the best way to travel. There was a huge wall across the street from my last minute AirBnB apartment so after getting my morning coffee I had to check what was behind the wall.
My son is a slalom kayaker and it brings him, and us, to places we might not go otherwise. We just returned from a trip to Europe and in our travels we came across art and galleries I never would have expected to find leading me to think of starting a blog series
Every artist has a few materials that become part of the everyday creating process in the studio. As a painter and mixed media artist that primarily works on paper I have selected 5 useful materials that I can't live without.
Take a look at his website. There's tons of great stuff there.
Check out the High School Visual Arts Programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The pristine lakes and virgin forest set the stage for a life changing experience where creative young people can join a dedicated body of their peers in exploring the visual arts. Having spent my junior and senior years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy...
Great "pop up" art space in the unused tunnels under Dupont Circle known already for art galleries in Washington DC. You'll have to hurry down though as the show is only open through June 1 2016.
Instagram is a great platform to share your work with the world. Take a look at the users profiled in this article. While looking through their feeds it's easy to see how they have built a coherent body of work through the creating and editing process. The same rules apply to creating a body of work for your portfolio.
Notorious street artist, Banksy could be identified by authorities soon. Could employing techniques used to track violent criminals by mapping their crimes be useful in identifying one of Britains most infamous vandals?