Creator's Workshop Art Instruction

October 19, 2020

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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