Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bonding with your offspring

They come to us in pairs. All ages, all abilities....husband and wife, father and daughter, mother and daughter (or son), couples looking for new horizons, sisters, cousins, neighbors, friends...the point is that when they leave two hours later, they have shared an experience together, a few hours from their lives, schedules and a new appreciation for each other and each one's abilities!
Now really, it doesn't get any better than that!
Three sisters-NC Mountains in Watercolor

Father and daughter-NC Mountains in Watercolor

Mother and daughter "Children Sledding" in acrylics
Grandma with her 3 grandchildren "Paint your Pet"

Husband and wife "Paint your Pet"

Mother and Son "Blue Ridge Parkway" in watercolor

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Exotic Paintings!

We usually offer two classes on a Saturday. A 10:00-12:00 and an afternoon 1:00-3:00. Our Jan 21 morning class was filled with students painting Van Gogh's "starry Night" and the afternoon class was "Gardens of the Louvre". Exotic locations and exotic subject matter!
They did a terrific job! Most of our new students fast become regulars in our classes and their growth in their art skills is awe inspiring.

Painting the Louvre Garden in acrylics!
 A group of 6 moms joined our  afternoon class and had a great time painting-no kids, no husbands, no worries! Although they forgot their planned bottles of wine, in actuality they were engrossed in their paintings the entire two hours. A few of our regulars were delighted with their results in this challenging subject!
"Starry Night" in acrylics
Painting Van Gogh's "Starry Night" with it's swirls and colors is a different challenge! We love to see teens painting on a Saturday morning with us and we had several including a father with his daughter, a mom with her daughter and an uncle with his 3 nieces.

We like to think that "Friends don't let friends paint alone!" could also be worded "Family members don't let family members paint alone!"

A wonderful memory builder!

Next class January 25, A BYOB event "Hot Air Balloons!"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

BYOB art class tonight!

A double choice!
Come and paint "the Red Door" or "Through the Garden Gate!"  (sign up for the red door and just choose the other painting to do at the class!)These have been super fun classes for our participants and a request was made for a choice tonight so here it is!
Through the Garden Gate

The Red Door

All supplies included. $30.00 for one participant-$45.00 if you bring a friend! (Friends don't let friends paint alone!)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tulipmania! (in acrylics)

It might still be January but on this cold sunny Saturday, we painted TULIPS in acrylic paint!
Long time friends shared a bottle of wine, a 9 year worked with her arm in a sling and a charming young man decided painting tulips was OK since his was going as a gift to his grandma!

There is no doubt that tulips have been THE flower of choice over the centuries! Well, maybe the rose, but something about vivid colors and tall straight stems....a great job from this group!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What new watercolor students did!

These are amazing paintings by beginner watercolor artists in our Art Student Academy Mountains in Watercolor!

Take a look at the detail, the transparency and the colors of these stunning mountain views.
We could not be any prouder of their efforts :-) 

Steve guided the group through their assignment. An uncle brought his 3 nieces (lol-see what the 5 year old did!), a father and daughter bonded for 2 hours over watercolor, and 2 friends shared a bottle of wine at the end of class and caught up on their news.
Nope. It doesn't get any better than that. Friends don't let friends paint alone! Great job!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mountains in watercolor!

Tomorrow, Jan 7, from 1-3, we'll paint mountains in watercolor! A fun 2 hr. class that will leave you wanting more watercolor! This class is full but keep watching for another one!

Watercolor Mountains by Stephen Filarsky of Art Student Academy

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, new calendar, new changes!

Welcome to a new year!
Have we got a treat in store for you! Not only are we sure that this will be a banner year for us all, but we have some super cool changes on our Art Student Academy website that are sure to make your choice of classes easy to find and fun to participate!

Now, in one fell swoop, you can see our new calendar by the month with the images we will be painting! We also added a Frequently Asked Questions page (FAQ) to answer the most often asked questions and to make it less cluttered with explanations on the home page!

Gotta get busy! I have to get ready for the afternoon kid's classes and we have a class tonight-Painting flowers in Watercolor (not just sunflowers) from 7-9
and tomorrow night we'll be painting (in acrylic)  Field of Poppies  from 6-8 pm!

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