Gearing up for Back to School

Art Supplies 101

It's almost that time of year again: time to go back to school or university, to get back into the rhythm of classes and coursework and learning. And if you're taking or teaching art classes this semester, it's almost time to stock up on all your art supplies: paints, papers, pencils, books, bags, brushes and more! What items are on your class list? Tell us in the comments below!

Here at Jerry's, we're getting ready for Back to School as well! We're collecting all the best art supplies for any type of class, so you can find everything you need in time for the first day of school. Here are a few of the most popular materials in various mediums:




Kids’ Art:

...and so much more!

We want to know! What classes are you taking or teaching this semester, at which school? Email your art class supply lists to promos@jerrysartarama.com so we can be sure to stock everything you need for the upcoming school year!

And teachers, remember you can set up a convenient Teacher’s Cart so your students can find everything they need for your class with one click.

Make sure you start this school year off right by stocking up on all the supplies you need for your art classes right here at Jerry's Artarama!

Let us know in the comments below which art supplies you'll be needing this upcoming school semester!



Discover LUKAS Paints

Legendary Quality Paints, High Performance, Great Prices!

Many of you are probably already familiar with German-made LUKAS paints: with a history spanning back almost 150 years, LUKAS has consistently produced high quality, artist grade paints of the finest caliber — and has a dedicated following to prove it!

If, however, you have never had the LUKAS painting experience, now is the best time to try out these beautiful colors. Until August 31, 2011, you can Discover LUKAS at amazing super sale prices of up to 65% off list! In addition, certain LUKAS paint purchases qualify to receive fantastic free gifts, but only while supplies last.

A bit of background:

LUKAS Artists’ Colors was founded In Düsseldorf, Germany in 1862, by Dr. Franz Schoenfeld. Focusing initially on their flagship moist watercolor line, as well as superior quality pre-mixed oil paints, it did not take long for LUKAS to gain an excellent reputation as a true artists’ resource. Even Vincent van Gogh used and admired LUKAS oils, and wrote to his brother Theo:

"I have ordered colors from Schoenfeld [LUKAS] in Düsseldorf, as there were some colors which I couldn't get here...the picture with the potato eaters is not good in some details...I should have had a better result with the mineral blue that I have now [from LUKAS], instead of the old one."

In 1964, LUKAS combined their century of experience with modern innovative techniques to produce Europe’s first line of acrylic paints: LUKAScryl. As with their oils and watercolors, the newer LUKAS acrylics use only the finest pigments and highest quality binder. In addition, all LUKAS paints rate extremely high on the Blue Wool Scale of light fastness: every color rates between a 6 to an 8, meaning they are very permanent and will stand the test of time. Many colors (over half of many LUKAS paint lines) are single-pigment shades as well, meaning you can achieve clean and beautiful color mixes, without worrying about muddiness.

Along with master quality, professional quality, and student grade oil, acrylics and watercolor paints, LUKAS also produces fine artists’ pigments, painting mediums, and mixing accessories for a truly complete painting experience.

Today, LUKAS is making a big splash amongst artists stateside! Jerry’s Artarama is proud to be the exclusive United States distributor of this exquisite line of European artists' paints, and our customers seem very pleased with it as well!



Some customer reviews of LUKAS products:

  • "I use LUKAS 1862 Oil Colors, which I find to be pure, alive, and beautiful. They are concentrated, intense, mix well, and still maintain a nice luminosity. The LUKAS company seems to be very sincere about making quality products. I highly recommend using LUKAS 1862 Oil Colors."
  • "I love working with the rich hues available in the LUKAS watercolors. I like to paint images using bold tones and the LUKAS watercolors give me the beautiful impact that I strive for. Great product for the money."
  • "I recently completed a painting with LUKAS Pastos Acrylics… This is the first time I have felt like I was using high quality, high pigment oil paint. The texture, strength, and ease of use right out of the tube enabled me to apply the paint without adding any water."

See what professional artist Mike Rooney has to say about LUKAS 1862 and Studio Oil Colors:

No matter your preferred painting medium, you will find a LUKAS color that is perfect for you! Already a fan? Stock up on your favorites during the Discover LUKAS super sale! Unfamiliar with the brand? Try it out now at unbelievable savings! But hurry, these great deals are only available until August 31st!

Share your thoughts on LUKAS paints in the comments below!


July Artist of the Month - HM Craig

My name is HMCraig, and I currently live in the Boston area. My life has taken me to many places, on many adventures in the US and in Europe.

My work focuses on light and color. My subjects are often flowers and glass. Flowers provide me with limitless opportunities to play with form and color. Glass lets me explore reflection and refraction of light.  The large format of my paintings and the closely cropped compositions enable me to have the viewer thrust into something I find small and beautiful. I hope the viewer sees the same beauty as I did.

Additionally, my paintings serve as therapy. I sustained a mild Traumatic Brain Injury in 2009. I was training for a Half-Ironman Triathlon. After the injury, I couldn't run or ride (which I loved doing). So, I focused on painting which has been a good thing. My injury has changed my art in different ways. My colors are more saturated.  My brushwork is looser. I am less inhibited with my subjects.

 I get inspired every day by beautiful things, whether they are large or small. It's good to see something you find beautiful or fascinating every day, it keeps us grounded and in wonder.





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