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, Samantha made it fun and they all had a good time. She took the time to go around the class and answer individual questions while they all worked at their own pace. The biggest complaint was that time passed too quickly!
This definitely helped to get me pumped about all the other classes I have planned. Knowing that people enjoyed the format of the class and the material covered, I am encouraged for the future. This series is also proving to be the perfect stepping stone to our full day workshops. Students left the class eager to sign up for longer drawing classes to learn more. It turns out they just needed a little push to get started!
Interested in finding out more about this program? Visit our website for detailed information on all the classes. For the month of February, we will have Thursday evening classes and then starting in March, I am adding a SECOND section per week. The new section will be on Monday mornings from 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. You can also feel free to call me if you have questions! (919)876-6610. I can't wait to meet you!
Samantha Donnelly's Drawing
May
12
2010

Playing with Canvas by Heather Goldstein

 


Do you ever feel stuck? That may be a ridiculous question because I can't think of any artist whose creative juices are always flowing. One of the best things an artist can do, in my opinion, is to PLAY and try something new! Sometimes I find that I get so involved in developing my concepts and making sure the painting I am working on will fit in the series I am trying to create and say what I want it to say, that my brain just shuts off and says, "NO MORE!"

Every once in a while I need to take a break and I found that playing in different mediums are the best arenas for me to do just that. One of the most inspiring classes I took in school was Fibers! I have used the medium for a number of different things. First, I love dye work and silk painting! Working on silk is a nice change from canvas or paper because of the hand (how it falls) of the fabric. Silk paint is wonderfully fluid and I always enjoy beautiful abstract qualities I can achieve and the great things the paint does on its own.

The best thing that I have done, however, is play with my canvas!! I'm not a huge fan of waste and I admit to being a total pack rat! I stretch my own canvas so when I am cutting away the extra, I put it to the side to sew it together later! You can use it to make yourself a Frankenstein painting! It is always fun to stretch your boundaries. Working on a canvas like that forces you to rethink your composition and work with limitations.

The other great thing you can do is to stuff your canvas! I started making dolls in Fibers and then decided to combine the best of both worlds and make stuffed heads for painting. I sewed canvas together and then stuffed it with doll stuffing (you can use newspaper too). Then, I just gessoed and painted! They were later used as part of an installation, but sometimes you need to take a breather and try something new in order to get inspired. I was having a horrible time and stressing out trying to finish a painting and oddly enough, painting stuffed heads helped me clear mine!

How do you play?

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12
2010
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Jerry's Launches All New Art Community

 

In the interests of keeping you connected to the many valuable things happening we set out to organize it all in our new Artist Community Area. From facebook to twitter to our blog, get featured news stories and events happening now... it's is all in one place we call the "Community."  According to Wikipedia, "The word community is derived from the Old French communite which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, "with/together" + munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society." .....with/together is what life is all about.
The great thing about our Community is anyone can get involved from professional artists, to teachers, to bloggers, those looking to learn more about art or just stay informed.

We will be posting featured announcements and events that are happening right now such as the Art-A-Athon, Contests such as the Artist of the Month and much more. In our quest to add more resources we started out with the Workshop listings and FREE Video Art Lessons (the free video art lessons will be getting a whole new makeover so stay tuned). Jerrys provides listings of workshops here and abroad for those who want to improve their skills, expand their creativity and become part of the art community and you can get more information on the workshop listings in the community.

We will soon be adding testimonials, product reviews, comments and suggestions and ways to get ideas and tips. We have many great artists, writers, partnerships and resources to bring to you so please join us and become part of our community.

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All your Friends at Jerry's Artarama

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