Aug
6
2010

The Pleasure of Creating Art - Time to START by M Theresa Brown

The sheer pleasure an artist receives from simply creating art in some form is what motivates artists of all ages to create.  Whether it is a folded origami paper or a ten ton metal sculpture,  the pleasure derived from the very act of creating is the same.Children don't need any persuasion to dip into the paint or the clay but as they age, things begin to change. Art is the only subject where a parent, teacher or friend may look you in the eye and say "You don't have any talent" and it is accepted.  I have always found it interesting that  learning to play an instrument is an acknowleged step by step learning process (... [More]
May
12
2010

S.T.A.R.T. has Started! by Carissa Goldstein

After months of planning, the night had finally arrived. I tried to plan every detail ahead of time, but there came a moment when I just had to let it happen. The students showed up empty handed, ready to jump right in and play with the supplies that were included with the workshop. While jamming out to Paul Simon, the instructor, Samantha Donnelly, led them through different exercises and demonstrated several techniques including shading and perspective. After an hour or so of practice, the group was ready to tackle the still life Samantha had set up. Even though this was the first time some of them were tackling representational art, Samant... [More]
May
12
2010

Art Plagiarism - Think Again! by Carissa Goldstein

As I delve further into the art world, I am constantly coming face to face with misconceptions I've had through the years. One prime example of this was learning how much creativity I have to bring to the table. Along with the mystical idea of being hit with inspiration, I assumed that what artists came up with was entirely of their own creation. Little did I realize that each artist starts at the beginning and has to learn the rules before they can break them. Van Gogh and Monet didn't start out with a signature style. They learned from their instructors and mimicked their styles first. By taking classes with different instructors, I learn... [More]

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