Friday, February 12, 2016

February 2016 news!

News from Art Student Academy

So much has been happening and is going to happen in 2016! So a recap:
What has happened: We previously shared that after 4 years of holding many of our art classes in downtown Wake Forest, we moved all of our classes back to our professional art studios outside Franklinton, NC. That address is 2109 Old Mill Farm Rd, Franklinton, NC 27525.
Secondly, we have partnered with Vance Granville Community College in both the Henderson and Louisburg locations to teach some of their art classes. Plus, after the VGCC Small Business Center sent me to the NC REAL (rural entrepreneurship through action learning) institute in Blowing Rock last year, I am excited to be teaching the SECOND Professional Art and Craft Entrepreneurship program through them! My first series of graduate students last fall was a great success and was held at the Vance Granville Farmer's Market. 

Vance Granville Winter/Spring art courses 2016

Ready to flex your creative juices? Join me for one (or two!) of my evening Vance Granville Community College Art courses in Painting or Mixed Media beginning the first week in Feb! Sign up with a friend and enjoy your once a week art time!
Want to learn to sell your efforts? Join me for the NC Real Art and Craft Entrepreneurship program beginning Tuesdays, Feb 9 through the VGCC Small Business Center.

Monday, Feb 1 evening Painting Creative Design class is 6:30-9:30 and meets for 14 weeks at the main HENDERSON campus. Bring your own watercolor, acrylic or favorite mediums and I'll guide you through this painting course. Everything from realistic to abstract. All levels welcome. Just $95.00 for 42 hours of instruction and relaxation! 
You can still sign up for this class as it is 14 WEEKS long!
 Sign up link:

Thursday, Feb 4 evening Mixed Media class is also 14 weeks for just $95.00 and meets 6:30-9:30 at the FRANKLIN campus. Mixed Media is a free spirited class where I'll show you the many ways to combine everything from fabric to transfers to printing into your creative art form! Bring art supplies that you have to the first class and watch your projects develop from there. Yes you can still sign up for this class!

Tuesday, Feb 9 from 6-9 NC REAL Art and Craft Entrepreneurial program. If your dream has always been to turn your creative products into a business, then this 7 week course is a “must have” first step! If your current art business is going nowhere, then you also need this course. Real facts, real information and continued guidance! This session meets at the Granville Co Convention Center off Highway 15. Details on link:

What else is happening? Oh, lots more! But I wanted to get the first series out at the Community College since there is limited sign up time and space available BUT we will also be adding half and one day workshops to our professional studios and the dates, descriptions and all the details will be in the next newsletter!
Of course You can always see what we are doing as well as many photos on Facebook at or our website:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 2015 Newsletter with updates!


So much has been happening!

Last month we shared with you that after 4 years of holding many of our art classes in downtown Wake Forest, we moved all of our classes back to our professional art studios outside Franklinton. That address is 2109 Old Mill Farm Rd, Franklinton, NC 27525. We hold our summer camps and adult "Artescapes" there, so it just fell into place! We may occassionally offer a class in downtown Wake Forest so keep an eye out with our newsletters!

Secondly, we have partnered with Vance Granville Community College in both the Henderson and Louisburg locations to teach a number of their art classes. Most are courses ranging from 7-12 weeks and you can find them on our calendar! Just follow the links.If you want a cost effective fun experience, pop over to this link to see what and when and to register directly with the college .
Classes held both at the main campus and the Loiusburg campus. Details on the site or contact me! Both night and morning classes in your favorite mediums and mixed media.

What's Coming up!

art student class

NEW!  Our after school art class format has changed!
Instead of parents coming for 1 hour, once a week, I have made it easier for all by adding a 1 day art camp once a month! For the low cost of $45.00 per child, they'll be immersed in clay, paint, mixed media and all kinds of artsy stuff  from 9:30-2:30 on scheduled Saturdays once, possibly twice a month. The first Art Day Camp is Saturday, Sept 26. Check our calendar for dates through January!
teen workshops
What just ended: Summer Art camps for kids! What fun we had! We promise to add a few more camps next year but until then-check out our monthly day camps for your family artist!
You can always see what we are doing on Facebook on  or our website:
We are honored whenever you join us for one of our classes or workshops! We couldn't do it without you!  Have a suggestion or request? Ask us!
Remember, Friends don't let Friends paint alone :-)
Till next time! Steve and Theresa

Monday, May 11, 2015


A Grown UP art camp?
Well sure! A group of young at heart participants gathered together on Saturday May 9 and they  had a ball creating the same art the kids do at our summer art camps in the country!

First, the day was perfect-sunny,breezy and in the 70's! The first tropical storm of the season, Anna, did not dampen the area till the following day :-)

Take a look below at some of the fun art we created!

Working in and around both studios!

Watercolor blotches with ink

Alcohol inks on tiles

They met the ponies, the dogs and tried to photograph the chickens :-) We worked with watercolor, ink, alcohol inks on tiles, painted cans and planted flowers....the one thing no one did was eat lunch in the trees (as the kids do!)  Enjoy a few more scenes from a terrific day!

The men relaxing :-)

Notice the men know how to relax naturally?

But that was the point of the art camp-open a beer or a cold drink, bring a bagged lunch and simply enjoy a day for yourself!

In the big studio

Front view of the large studio
Full house inside. But the day was nice enough to spread outside with no problem!

They enjoyed not just the many varieties of roses beginning to bloom but the peonies!

Visit us online and sign up for our newsletters so you can see when our next Art Experience will be!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wet into wet painting techniques and the results!

The first class ever using the wet into wet oil painting technique was March 21 at the Vance Granville Community College!   Under the category of Personal Enrichment, 
The 6 intrepid painters created some amazing art.
I brought along my assistant-10 year old Alex who embraced the Bob Ross techniques last year by recording hours of video after his mother took away his Electronic time-what a great move by mom! And then he began to paint!
Alex with a few of his many beautiful paintings!

Children will naturally turn to creativity when the TV, electronic games and cell phones are removed-all to everyone's benefit!

From 12-5, the class stayed in the art zone and we had a great time! We practice wet into wet with acrylics as well but you have to paint faster. It was easy to take a snack break in the middle of the workshop as oil will not dry for days.
I'll let the photos do the talking!
collage of the finished paintings

This class introduced the use of a palette knife, letting wet paint blend into wet to create particular effects...and of course the sky is the limit when it comes to taking what they have learned and use the same techniques on a myriad of subjects!

Next similar class is April 17 from 12-5.
Click on the link to go to the registration or visit the website at Vance Granville Communtiy College and follow the links from Continuing Education to the Personal Enrichment page
I encourage photographing the stepsCl

Learning to use the palette knife

Laying in the background

Friday, March 13, 2015

Filling my Blog with PICTURES!

Oh my we have been so busy-I have been so busy.....I have been remiss!
So many new classes I am teaching starting at the Vance Granville Community College! Summer semester coming....My students are awesome!

recent VGCC class

Recent VGCC class
 So many techniques-so many styles-so much fun!
recent VGCC class
After school teens

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Painting the Cardinal in the Dogwood or in the Snow!

Mom and son painted the same thing
 Although I posted a collage of these painters in an earlier post, I wanted to show better photos!

So this group came together the other day and enjoyed one of our "Choice" classes! It's been popular-you choose which of the paintings you would like to paint.
So we had some Moms and sons, families and friends spend two hours in the Art Zone and the results were fabulous! 

Mom and son did it differently!
Stay up to date by signing up for our newsletters or visiting our calendar page-we're always updating it! 

Friends painted
Friends painted!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wow-ADULT ART CAMP! It's about time!

Grownups Art Camp May 9 from 10-3!

 In our summer camps out here in the country our kids have a blast every summer!  Last summer they got dirty, played outside, played games, ran through water streams from the hoses, created loads and loads of art, loved on the ponies and the dogs, picked blackberries, ran through the secret trails, collected eggs, climbed the trees and in general, just had kid fun.Take a look below!

A few scenes from one of our summer art camps!

But as the parents said, "Why should the kids have all the fun?" Yep-that's what we thought too!
So we decided to have a 1 day "ArtEscape" camp just for the grownups on the Saturday before Mother's Day-May 9 from 10:00-3:00. No one under 21 simply because you can BYOB AND it's your adult summer/spring camp experience! It's only $45.00 per person-dress to mess, bring a sketch pad and a bagged lunch (with your favorite beverage) We supply all the rest! Oh and if you want to BYOB-feel free!

Our second, little studio will be open and the new deck is perfect for the grownup kind of maybe you don't want to climb a tree, but the trails are fun, the roses will be in bloom and we'll work on several amazing indoor and outdoor art projects!

Don't miss out!