Nov
17
2010

Finding Inspiration in Shanghai by Heather Goldstein

I was recently lucky enough to get to visit China and I cannot even begin to express what an extraordinary experience it was. One of the most special things I was able to do was visit the M50 in Shanghai.  The M50 is a new art district with over 120 art galleries and art studios.  It is the center of Shanghai's art scene.  It is also a testiment to China's progress and a miraculous showing of Chinese Contemporary Art. The whole area is an inspiration.  There's something about the broken down walls and graffiti that just make me feel like painting.  And the artists I met were all very professional and polite.  ... [More]
Nov
16
2010

Recycle Art by Miles Wickham

I came across a video on Youtube some year’s back that was a little documentary on an artist who used his old spraypaint cans to create sculptures. It looked like fun and a good idea to put the trashed cans to use, so I tried it myself. Over the years ive figured out a few things on how to make the process easy. And for those living in a place like New York City where you may have to create these indoors, there are a few extra things to keep in mind. In his video, he used a shovel in his back yard. This cut out a few steps that I touch on. *    You don’t want the paint fumes to fill up your house, especially if you... [More]
Oct
24
2010

Art as Comfort Food by M Theresa Brown

Really, all we needed last night in our studio was a crackling fire to add a little more of the already present ambiance of the evening! Munching away on cookies and relaxing with hot coffee and lemonade (the wine has to be next for the all adult classes!) the two hour class zipped by. It was "comfort food" in the form of art! Part of the idea behind the STARTart (Stop Thinking Art is Really Tough) classes is to engage and re-engage artists of all ages and give them the opportunity to not only create but to experience new mediums and techniques. In this class, we concentrated on dog portraits in acrylics. Our mother and teen daughter duo ... [More]

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