Friday, July 27, 2012

Glue and twine and balloons sculptureDrying in the heat

Balloon sculpture drying
So we dipped hemp and yarn into watered down glue and wrapped them around balloons......what a fun mess!

Sculpture is not all about 3-D. The students had to figure out some basic logistics such as How do you wrap a round object without the twine falling off? :-) It was a challenge for most of them! I had  them think of the "logitude" lines on a globe to make it easier.

 The same thinking applies towards popsicle  sticks and glue.....How do you make them stand? What geometric forms make them sturdier?  Now they are grasping that Sculptural Art is an all inclusive brain exercise in logistics!

Modeling, casting and building in summer camp!

By Midweek in Art Student Academy's Sculpting camp,  the students have built, hand coiled pots, free standing forms, made  armatures and learned casting...oh did we mention the all popular craft stick building and balloon sculptures?

A few lessons in tool handling, some painting and they had some amazing work by Thursday!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day 1 Summer sculpture camp!

Oh yeah! Clay, clay and more clay!
Nope, doesn't get any better than that! Sometimes first days start slow. Now this summer camp!Watch for some more amazing kid sculpture coming up!

Children and art!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Painting the Figure and getting past the fear

Although we are missing a few additional examples from this collage, the participants stepped up to the plate and in 2 hours painted their beautiful renditions in the "Gone Fishing" class! The figures on the dock were changed into what they envisioned as each artist made her (yep all women for this class!) painting into personal  masterpieces! Painting the figure from the back presents less challenges to the new painter of figures than trying to get a likeness from the front. It opens up a whole new range of options and paintings and many a famous painter from the past only included figures in their paintings from the back or small scale. It's a very good beginning!

Were they doubting artists beforehand? Sure. But they did it!

Speaking of doubts.......I had a phone call yesterday from a woman wanting to join our upcoming "Paint your Pet" class and she shared with me all her doubts and concerns about her artistic abilities. Seems her current instructor kept telling her she
wasn't ready to paint her dog, needed more instruction, etc, etc.

Seriously-why would anyone hold someone back in the realm of painting using that ridiculous statement? Why turn the creation of art into a mystery that can only be unlocked by the hallowed halls of professionals?
I am a professional and yet nothing brings a smile quicker to my face than to see a student of any age realize that "they can do it!"

Having said that-Taking just one class isn't enough to begin to master the art of painting. One class isn't enough to master ANY hobby! So get over your fear and jump in. If you are committed, you will know that a whole new world has opened up for you. We are there to help you and guide you but the dedication must come from you!

So join the many others who have discovered their "inner artist!"
Class schedule (remember August is SHOW times for us!) for August coming and Sept-full steam ahead!

Let go of the dock-start swimming!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Two hour Blitz...

The Two Hour Blitz that we  refer to, is the two hours of the Art Zone where you are literally, "one with your art."
For many of our participants, it's a totally new concept and a totally new event. And it only becomes apparent at the end of class......and they all marvel at it!  Because for two hours, they were encompassed in a world of art. And while they were creating, they thought of nothing else-no worries..... nothing to distract them from "the Zone." A happy place. 

And that is a wonderful place to be!
Look at the results below and join us in our next class on Wed, July 18, 6:30-8:30 for a beautiful painting "Gone Fishing"

Painting the Hammock on the Beach!

Fun painting the Abstract Cow!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

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(LOL-got your attention!)This morning's class:
Abstract COW
This afternoon's class!
Hammock at the Beach

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hammock on the Beach, Dolphins and Abstract Cows!

Summer is a busy month for us! We are artists after all and participate in many events such as shows, gallery showings, etc. so take advantage of the upcoming classes if summer painting is what you want to do!

So what's coming up? 
How about painting a fun,  Abstract Cow?  

Maybe a beautiful "Fishing on the Lake?"  
Hammock on the Beach

July 11, wed we will be painting DOLPHINS! 

Want something specific for your kids (or the kid in you?) Try our July 13 6:30-8:30 fun class at the Wake Forest Art After Hours event! Peace Sign or Skateboards!  

"Gone Fishing"
 More coming but we will not have many classes in August due to shows so come on this month!