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Creator's Workshop Art Instruction

September 16, 2022

I enjoy doing paint demos as it's a great learning tool. During classes, I can guide students through color mixing, composition, etc., but it's helpful when they see it live. I've done my share of these paint demos the past twenty years but Sunday, October 2nd should be educational but also a lot ...

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A longtime fan of Vermeer, I found this article very interesting. The painting methods of Vermeer have long been under scrutiny by art historians for centuries. One of the most recent has been "Tim's Vermeer", a documentary that explores how the 17th Dutch master painted so photo-realistically.

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John Lennon once said, “Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not an artist.” In a single sentence, the legendary singer/songwriter captured the one essential trait of every artist – creativity. But why is creativity so elusive? What happens to that young child with a fistful of crayons, ...

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July 10th marked the 244th anniversary that General George Washington, General Lafayette, and Aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton visited the Great Falls located in Paterson, NJ. In his travels from Newark to Paramus and in the heat of battle against the British, Washington took a brief detour to show ...

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In June 1781, French soldiers, commanded by Count Rochambeau, arrive in Newport, Rhode Island to assist American troops in the final months of the American Revolution. Together American and French troops would march to Yorktown in the final victorious battle against the British. This painting ...

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You can feel the pounding of the surf and the smell the salty air with almost every one of his paintings. Frederick Waugh is widely considered America's greatest and most popular marine painter. A fellow Garden Stater at birth, Waugh was born in Bordentown in 1861, but his quest for painting ...

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As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, I hope we can take time from our picnics and days at the beach and reflect on our valiant fellow Americans who, across the ages, paid the ultimate sacrifice. Quite a few years back I created a series of paintings depicting the Revolutionary War in New ...

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For centuries the world of fine art painting was male-dominated and the subject matter of the outside world permeated museum and private art collections. One subject that broke the mold was Motherhood and, although the world was fortunate to inherit masterpiece paintings and sculptures of ...

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I came across this story coincidentally because a friend of mine posted a photo on Facebook of her son who plays high school basketball. It was a great photo of him moving with the ball and if you were familiar with basketball, you could see this kid knew how to handle himself on the court......

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You didn't need to watch the inauguration ceremony to know the future of art is in safe hands. While pomp and circumstance commenced once again with a new presidential term and the American government turning a page, Amanda Gorman summed up in five minutes what we can aspire to as citizens. Not ...

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Earlier this week I received a notice my Creatorsworkshop.com domain was expiring soon. Creators Workshop is my private art instruction school located here in Wayne where we teach painting and drawing to children and adults. When I made the payment, I realized it was 20 years ago that I started ...

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For generations, children revered the portly, bearded man in the red suit who traveled annually around the world on a cold winter night, bearing gifts to good boys and girls. Quite an impressive feat and even more so that he accomplished all this without GPS! Over those generations, no one could ...

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American writer E.B. White wrote, "If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." His essay, "The sea and the wind that blows" is a sublime homage to sailing, which he descrived as: "Always voyaging into unreality, driven by ...

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“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. -Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 19, 1776 Yesterday millions of ...

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My brother loves monsters and always has. As a kid he was a huge fan of the old horror classics and would spend weeks before Halloween crafting his costume. I use the word, "crafting" since he would literally create his own werewolf teeth; not content with the generic store brand. My parents gave ...

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In our online class last week, our students painted a colorful Pumpkin with pears still life, using just three colors and White. This exercise is a formidable task for a first year college art student, so for an online class ranging from age five to thirteen, well, let's just call it a challenge! ...

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Before John Lennon enchanted us with his musical genius, his first love was drawing! As a young child he would fill sketch pads with unusual characters and creatures, some who would show up later in his music. Before there was John Lennon the rock star, there was John Lennon the art student ...

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The only thing more divisive than Democrats and Republicans is the artistic debate of whether to make black by mixing it or by squeezing it out of the tube! Think I'm kidding?  According to Google, there are 567 million results when you ask that question. Fortunately, if you're reading this, I ...

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Tuesday night, the setting sun was an incredible neon orange color. I headed back into the studio and announced to my students, "Class trip! Everyone outside!" Together we walked to the end of the parking lot to share this solar phenomena. What made it so different was the surrounding sky wasn't ...

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Writing this week's column I realized it would be posted on September 11, a day that can never be the same for those of us that experienced that tragedy. A tragedy that seemed so long ago, yet sometimes feels like it happened just yesterday. An essay about art today seems so small and trivial ...

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“Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.” I love this quote! Maybe because before I discovered it, I constantly tried to convey this concept to my students. Maybe it's because I'm an old guy but I still believe that for an artist or designer, the first step went from head to ...

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If you're lucky enough to have the title of dog owner, you know the joy of being up before the sun on a bitter cold morning. Just standing around outside while your dog explores the scent of a dry leaf for what seems like hours! And by the way, dog owner is a great misnomer, we all know who owns ...

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A few weeks ago with a blue sky, sunny day ahead, I headed down the shore to paint the sea. Those that have been to my studio/art school can attest that seascapes are my favorite subject by the amount of ocean paintings on my walls. Like most North Jerseyans, the Summer ritual of driving down the ...

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