Oct
9
2014

10 Best Art Schools Wrap Up

Click Through To Read About Each School

Jerry's Artarama has always been a strong supporter of Art Education. We recently finished our List of the Top Ten Art Schools in the Country to great success. As a resource to art students and prospective art students around the country, Jerry's has everything students need from great art supplies, a back to class savings running through October 17th, The Jerry's Artarama Empowering an Aspiring Artist Scholarship and art tips and knowledge shared here on the Splatter

Here again are the Top Ten U.S. Art Schools:

 

#10 Columbia University School of the Arts

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The Columbia University School of the Arts offers a large curriculum of mixed media and offers Master of Fine Art Degrees in Film, Theatre, Writing and Visual Arts. The Visual Arts program at Columbia differentiates its program from lesser schools by attracting a student body and faculty from around the world, and with a location set in the center of New York...

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#9 Savannah College of Art and Design

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private university with four locations: two in Georgia (Savannah and Atlanta) as well as Hong Kong opened in 2010 and Lacoste, France, opened in 2002. The original Savannah location opened its doors in 1979 with only four staff members, seventy one students and only seven faculty members...

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#8 Maryland Institute College of Art

The Maryland Institute College of Art or MICA ranks out at number 8 on our list because of the well-equipped campus, inventive curriculum and illustrious faculty. They are constantly ranked in the top 10 Masters of Fine Art programs in visual arts and U.S. News ranked them as #3 in Graphic Design and #5 in Painting/Drawing. Located in the heart of Baltimore, this private art and design college is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation...

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#7 Carnegie Mellon School of Art

 Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art is often highly ranked for top art schools being #1 in Art and Design Multimedia programs and #7 in Fine Art programs by US News & World Report. The school pretty heavily pushes for an interdisciplinary education between art and technology over classical studies to better prepare its students for the ever-changing job market and global culture...

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#6 California Institute of the Arts

 The California Institute of the Arts, a private university located in Valencia, California was founded in 1961 and currently boasts a student body of 1,454 students. The School has been called one of the best "campuses that offer an exceptional artist atmosphere" by Newsweek in 2011...

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#5 Temple University Tyler School of Art

Named after famed sculptor Stella Elkins Tyler and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University is one of the largest producers of notable artists and designers. This higher learning institution is home to some of the leading programs in painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, ceramics, photography and graphic design...

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#4 Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts


The School of the Arts at VCU in Richmond Virginia offers nationally ranked and award winning programs in sculpture, graphic design, painting, ceramics and printmaking. They offer sixteen academic programs for over 3,000 students. The school prides themselves on their ability to encourage students in their artistic endeavors...

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#3 University of California-Los Angeles


The School of the Arts and Architecture is professional school that offers a full range of course programs granting degrees in architecture and urban design, art, design media arts, world arts and cultures, and many more fields. The school provides art students with two internationally acclaimed public arts institutions including the Hammer Museum and  the Fowler Museum at UCLA, as well as varying contemporary and historical exhibitions cycled throughout the year...

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#2 Rhode Island School of Design


The Rhode Island School of Design located in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the top schools for art and design as well as one of the oldest, being founded in 1877. RISD or riz-dee as its often called by its students has a student population of about 2,300 students and offers about twenty programs of study including apparel design, architecture, digital media, ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture...

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#1 Yale University


The Yale University School of Art, established in 1869, is an art school that grants only Masters of Fine Arts degrees in graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. They have an incredibly rigorous application process and only takes undergraduate students with impeccable records. Just a clue as to how exclusive the school is; in November 2008, only 65 of 1142 applicants were admitted to the School of Art for the class of 2010...

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And Remember...

There is still time to enter for your chance to win!

Jerry's Artarama 2014 Art Scholarship

 This year, with the help of several sponsors and friends, Jerrys will empower one young artist with a scholarship award of $5000 as well as an eGift Card worth $500 in art supplies from Jerrysartarama.com. Jerry's is searching out a young talented Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student or High School Senior who is going into the arts. Apply today for your chance to win the Jerry's Artarama 2014 Art Scholarship!

One $5000 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to one special student artist to be used towards tuition and fees required by their educational institution. In addition to tuition and fees, a $500 eGift card to Jerrysartarama.com will be provided to the student to use on art supplies and materials. Jerry's will also throw in a $250 Supply Pack to the student's chosen Art Department!

For more information or how to qualify, check out our Scholarship page. Be sure to enter before October 31st, 2014!

Oct
7
2014

Fat Over Lean

Want Less Cracking in Your Oil Painting?

Many oil painters will advocate "Fat over Lean" painting but not everyone knows exactly what that means. Today, we are going to explore that topic and share some of the best new mediums to improve your oil painting.

 

Fat Over Lean

Fat over Lean refers to the oil painting principle that applying paint with a higher ratio of oil to color pigments OVER paint with a lower ratio of oil to color pigments can ensure a more flexible paint film that will not crack later on down the road when the paint dries and ages. Since the drying time of various oil paints varies, making sure that your upper layers of paint dry slower than the lower layers is vital to your painting not cracking over time.

Fat and Lean

  • Fat painting is taking oil paint straight from the tube and putting it directly to canvas. Fat painting is characterized by being thick, oily, sticky, shiny, non-pourous and has much more sheen to it. On the brush itself, the paint should have a lot more drag to it. 
  • Lean painting is taking oil paint and mixing it with turpentine or other mediums to thin it out more diluted with drying agents so that it spreads easier from your brush and will dry faster. The paint will look thinner, non-oily, matte and porous.

Application

 Pretty self-explanatory at this point. Mix your oil paint with a lean medium to dilute the oil and your bottom layers of your painting will dry faster. Then when you start another layer, leave the paint thicker or even mix it with a fat medium to avoid cracking in your painting and even give your painting more of a glossy look over time. 

Two New Mediums for Fat over Lean Painting

  •  Chelsea Classical Studio Clarified Lean Medium-Handcrafted from the finest materials, this oil medium thins paint and decreases drying time!- a handmade oil medium that uses lavender spike oil essence, which is a safer alternative to ones made with turpentine, as it smells sweet, decreases drying time and thins the paint. It is crafted from a mixture of pure, extra-pale, cold pressed linseed oil and lavender spike oil essence. For Chelsea Classical Mediums, even the ingredients of their mediums are handcrafted to ensure absolutely the highest quality products. The oil in the Clarified Lean Medium is cold-pressed, purified and de-yellowed by traditional, natural processes that strives to make the palest, cleanest pure linseed oil for artists’ to use. The Oil of Spike Lavender Solvent is made from distilled lavender which is a clean, safe to breathe solvent with a strong sweet smell. A "Lean" Medium refers to the “Fat Over Lean” technique, which means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness of oil colors. This fine-art quality medium has a light oil content mixed with a varnish, so it will thin the paint, make it dry faster, and is recommended for the early layers of painting.
  • Chelsea Classical Studio Clarified Fat Medium- A handcrafted oil medium that improves glossiness and dry time!- A "Fat" Medium refers to the “Fat Over Lean” technique, which means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness of oil colors.The Clarified Fat Medium, by Chelsea Classical Studios, is a handmade oil medium that decreases drying time and increases glossiness. It is crafted from a mixture of pure, extra-pale, cold pressed linseed oil and lavender damar varnish. For Chelsea Classical Mediums, even the ingredients of their mediums are handcrafted to ensure absolutely the highest quality products. The Clarified Fat Medium is made with made with linseed oil that is purified and de-yellowed by traditional, natural processes that strive to make the palest, cleanest, pure linseed oil for artists’ to use. The damar resin is dissolved in distilled Oil of Spike Lavender Solvent for the varnish that is mixed with the oil. This fine-art quality medium has a large oil content mixed with a varnish so is considered fairly fat, rich and glossy.

Available only at Jerry's Artarama, Chelsea Classical Studio Mediums are the highest quality, handmade and natural artist materials created using historic methods and techniques. They are made for artists by artists who deeply care about the quality of materials used including non-toxic lavender, solvents and varnishes, and naturally cleaned, cold-pressed linseed and walnut oils. 

Oct
4
2014

2014 Prismacolor Back to School Contest Winners

Well, we here at Jerry's Artarama have tallied the results and we've finally got our winners for our 2014 Back to School Prismacolor Contest! Each of our winners will receive some fabulous prizes from Jerry's Artarama and Prismacolor. Here is our gallery of winners:


 

First Place

 Winner: Caitlin Lee

"I love using Prismacolors because I can blend colors super easily and get a wide range of tones and shades. I really like doing fur in Prismas because I can get that depth of the fur easier than other mediums."


 

Second Place

Winner: Natalie Prince

 

"This was actually my first time using Prismacolors, and boy was I super impressed. I had heard a few reviews on the leads breaking, but I didn't have that problem at all. The way they blend into a creamy smooth texture is absolutely amazing, and I was using some of the scholars with this. Definitely recommending to friends. Love them so much!"


 

Third Place

Winner: Emma Nichols

 

"Prismacolor colored pencils are my favorite colored medium because they offer such a versatile range of techniques. They work well in full color or in simple monochromatic schemes. And they are easy to transport, making them ideal for students like me. Prismacolor products are top of the line!"


 

Fourth Place

Winner: Sonjamat

"Prismacolor Colored Pencils were one of the first legit, professional art supplies I've ever had." 


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