Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Painting the Moon over the River

There is something about painting that soothes the soul-and it works well with the after school teens in my class! I manged to get one photo of their painting "Moon over the River" before the battery died in my camera but their results were lovely!

The teens hard at work!
Working from an example I had propped up, they learned to paint the entire background first then bring their dark trees into the painting-a brave thing for kids already happy with their moons and sunsets! We try hard to get past their fear of "messing it up!"

 closer view of one created in an earlier class

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Art for the kids and the adults!

I'm not sure what happened to the summer but it's gone, schools are in session and I am behind! :-)

The summer camps were fabulous! Lots of kids, lots of activities, lots of outdoor time as well! We studied the fabulous painting "The Berry Pickers" by Winslow Homer and then commenced to pick berries ourselves.  Of course I think his Maine children were picking blueberries whereas we carefully picked blackberries!

"The Berry Pickers" by Winslow Homer
The Berry Pickers with Art Student Academy!

Our after school classes in Wake Forest began Sept 3 and we have classes for 7-10 and 11 up this year. Info is on our site at:  http://www.artstudentacademy.com/After-School-Classes.html

Wed Sept 17 is a super class for all ages where from 6:00-8:00 we'll be painting VanGogh's rendition of Sunflowers!  Of course you can also paint your own rendition.  It's all here:  http://www.artstudentacademy.com/Van-Gogh-Sunflower.html

It should be a GREAT class! Stay tuned :-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So what do you do when it rains at your summer ART Camp?

So what DO you do when it rains at your summer art camp. Well, you get wet! And no one minded!
Because, as it turned out, a little drizzle did not dampen the student's enthusiasm at all!

We gave up on the wet shoes :-)
Eventually we did give up on the wet shoes. "Running the Trails" is like a pressure release valve that is especially effective after classroom concentration! So although the grass is short on the trails, it is wet.
With camp from 9:30-3:30 there is time to do it all without too much of any one thing! The "Secret" trails run through the fenced pasture next to the studio. Cut the width of my riding lawn mower, the trails circle, weave and sneak through the tall brush  and around trees, enter tunnels of growth and lead back to the entrance gate. Games of tag, hide and seek and even stopping for a a few late blackberries are just a few of the possibilities in the kids' minds! The popular climbing trees turned out to be too wet to effectively climb but oh the fascination of tadpoles, ponies, dogs and chickens-all treats after creating their beautiful art pieces!

A few examples below are from Day 1! Summer camps are held at our professional art studio just north of Wake Forest outside Franklinton, (NC.:-))

Our popular After School are programs are held in downtown Wake Forest and begin September 3, 2014! Just $50.00 a month! http://www.artstudentacademy.com/After-School-Classes.html

Blind pony "Helen" getting her share of attention!

Catch and release tadpole hunting

Lunchtime indoors during one downpour!

A few of the 14 participants showing their foray into modern art!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Art Camp in the country!

With 2 art camps tucked under our belt, the 3rd (and last one) begins next week!
My July21-23 became filled so I opened an earlier one from July 7-9. Even with the 4th being on our heels, 10 kids had a ball. That group, along with the June group had the fun of picking blackberries along the secret nature trails. Next week's camp won't be able to collect bags full but they'll be able to pick and eat!

What these camps do is give a number of our students the opportunities to experience a new kind of art camp. They are doing plenty of painting and sculpting but when was the last time you told your child, "Just run outside and play?" :-) The secret paths all lead back to one area and when the kids need that break from art, I tell them "Go run the trails!" And off they go.

Helen and Shadow, the two ponies are a favorite. Helen is blind so we bring her out to be groomed and get her share of the treats! 

And of course let's not forget all 5 dogs-yep-DaVinci, Gizmo, Rosie, Troop and Louie! Enjoy the photo collages below of random art scenes from the first 2 camps!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3 day ART camps rock!

OK, it's official! The most popular art camp days turned out to be the 3 day, all day camps so if you are between the ages of 7-15, love to paint and sculpt and love animals, then this is the camp for you! 

June 16-18 and July 21-23 from 9:30-3:30! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


art camp
We offer 3 opportunities this year for our ARTESCAPE Summer Art Camps! This year, 2014, we will be at our Franklinton area ART studio which is in the country. Our 3 and 5 days camps offer agreat opportunity for children to explore different mediums and experiment with techniques by learning about different styles to create paintings, sculpture and mixed media designs. They are divided into half days and ages.
Our mini farm consists of ponies, chickens, friendly dogs and assorted gardens so your child's art experience is indeed an ARTESCAPE :-)art camp tree
Complete details about what to wear, bring, child drop off and pick up times, snacks, etc are included in the welcome email and release forms that all parents receive. 5 days of total artimmersion!
New Option - If your child would like to participate in any of the 3 sessions but the distance is inconvenient for the half day session, we offer a 3 day, full day option form 9:30 - 3:30 Monday - wednesday. You child will participate in both sessions regardless of age and will finish ahead of the half day sessions :-)  Because there is an additional half day session involved cost is $135 with 15% discount for siblings. Bring a lunch, drink a snack. Water always available!
Summer 2014 ARTESCAPE schedule:
CAMP 1: June 9-13
  • Ages 7-10 9:30-12:00 $115.00
  • Ages 11-15, 1:00 3:30 $115.00
  • All ages, June 9 - 11, 9:30-3:30 $135.00  15% discount for siblings
CAMP 2: June 16-20
  • Ages 7-10 9:30-12:00 $115.00
  • Ages 11-15, 1:00 3:30 $115.00
  • All ages, June 16 - 18, 9:30-3:30 $135.00   15% discount for siblings
Camp 3: July 21-25
  • Ages 7-10 9:30-12:00 $115.00
  • Ages 11-15, 1:00 3:30 $115.00
  • All ages, July 21 - 23, 9:30-3:30 $135.00   15% discount for siblings
Please fill out the online form for each student, then click the Add to Cart button to pay $50. per child pre-registration deposit:  http://www.artstudentacademy.com/Summer-Program.html

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sketching with Live Models Outdoors

Sometimes you just have to take your art outdoors! 
Artists have worked on location for centuries and painting outdoors "plein air painting" is a time honored tradition.
Art is not just about creating art-it is about experiencing it. And nothing will do that better than for an artist to sit outside and sketch or paint a subject. In our line of work, Stephen Filarsky especially, works in oils at his easel. It is not unusual for minute particles of his surroundings to lodge in his wet oil painting yet often he leaves them in the painting. Why? They are part of the experience. Part of the red clay from Georgia or sand from the beach or grass from Kentucky. You won't see them, but nonetheless they are part of his experience, his day and that painting!  

So we took that a step further recently and drove to Grammercy Christian School in Newport, NC where we held two workshops for the students using live models! It is Also something we will be doing in our summer art camps with the kids!

Summer camps here: