August 7, 2017
Instagram is the best social media platform for me. I love it for sharing artwork and promoting artists that I am fond of. I also get to relay inspiring work that our students are making and celebrate the accomplishments of our teachers.
Twitter seems so negative…it also takes so long to read everything and stay up to date with people’s feeds…who has the damn time. I find that every time I log onto Twitter I wonder why I am wasting my time doing it.
That brings me to Facebook. It is the closest thing to a personal blog without having one. A great repository of all things…pics of your morning omelet, video of your kid’s jumpshot, a connection with a high school friend, and so on. It is the staple of all things you want to share and see but INSTAGRAM is just more cool and simple!
If you want to follow emerging art and see some cool objects…here’s my INSTAGRAM — mattross_oneriverschool and please share yours…
June 19, 2017
I love documentary films on so many levels. The simplicity to the story telling and the “everyman” subject matter often connects with me. I have sat and watched documentaries about artists, athletes, politicians and topics as diverse as our food supply and scaling Everest. Our first summer at One River we rolled out a documentary film class and asked students to bring a personal topic to class.
Here’s a range of subjects that we covered that year: “The Armenian Holocaust”, “The History of the NY Rangers”, ‘Is Cheerleading a Sport?” among others. This camp allowed us to begin to teach filmmaking without the challenges of acting and scenery etc… and the results were amazing.
This fall we will roll out a new ambitious nine month Teen Documentary Filmmaking class that will culminate in short documentary films via small groups of students. We will hold screenings including our first film festival and we will show these worldwide online at our new branded website.
Get more info below.
Documentary Film for Teens…three part course, small groups, screening and online film festival.
One River Film School… has a nice ring to it!
May 8, 2017
December 13, 2016
When we started One River School four years ago I was trying to figure out how to create a cool place in suburbia that made learning digital art fun. DONE…we have taught thousands of students and I believe we are becoming the first choice for innovative art classes in Bergen County.
I also wanted to explore new ways to teach Digital Art and our Digital Art Shuffle class is quickly becoming the coolest place for Kids, Teens and Adults to explore an entirely new experience in art making. Click here and check out some of the work we have done. It is really inspiring because we mesh traditional drawing skills with technology that allows students to intuitively make artworks that are influenced by digital manipulation.
Our plan is to develop more classes on top of our core programs in digital art, animation and photography. Digital Art Rocks and we are pioneering a new way to make it fun and compelling at One River!
#MondayThoughts #DigitalArtRocks #DigitalArtShuffle
February 29, 2016
Siebren Versteeg is a one of a kind and this coming Saturday, March 5th, Siebren will share a site-specific installation that he has created for One River. The exhibition called “Video/Wallpaper” will feature a 28-ft. digital painting mural generated entirely by computer algorithms of his own design. This is the largest work Siebren has done to date and I couldn’t be more proud to present it to our community.
People ask me what art I am most attracted to. That often creates a long answer that winds into multiple different types of aesthetics. But, when they ask me what type of artists I like, I always begin with smart. Siebren sits at the top of the smart artist mountain.
April 20, 2015
Not sure what comes to mind when I say “Abbey Road,” but my gut is that 99.9% of Americans think of the epic Beatles Album. Interestingly, Abbey Road may be their most well known record but most Beatles fans suggest it was not their best…Sgt. Peppers and Revolver tend to flip-flop in the top position.
March 16, 2015
I want to go on record right now, I am getting an Apple Watch. To be clear, I don’t want to measure how many steps I walk a day on it. Nor do I care about my REM sleep. According to Apple, the Watch “gives you a complete picture of your all-day activity”. Who is so obsessive to break down their entire day into a complete picture of everything you did and stare at your damn watch for the results! “OMG, I ate 37 raisins each with .7 grams of carbs…chart that in my sugar tracker and send me an email now!”
Here’s why I am getting the watch. It’s beautiful. I want to hate it but it looks amazing. To be clear about this, I want to tell everyone I am not getting one because that feels like the right thing to do, but I am so intrigued. I want to start to shift away from Apple’s force field but I am stuck. They are the kings of design…form and function perfectly melded into one.
Maybe it goes back to my man Dick Tracy. When I was a little kid, I watched the Dick Tracy cartoons, I played with the ridiculous free Dick Tracy toy that came in a cereal box and I freaked out over the Dick Tracy watch that my mother bought me. It’s so crazy that the most farfetched concepts are actually coming to life…the Dick Tracy watch lives! I wonder if Dick would use it to figure out his Yoga routine?
Monday, March 16, 2015
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October 21, 2013
Monday Thoughts: Art & Food
Isn’t it crazy that we have so many people who are obsessed with their weight and at the same time obsessed with watching TV shows about food? That’s torture. Ya know what I am obsessed with? Neither. My obsession is eating! Yes, I am a glutton and I simply can’t help it. Anybody having dessert? Are you kidding me? We’re ordering many and I am scraping the plates till they are clean.
So, yesterday my wife (Susan) and I had brunch at the Spotted Pig in the West Village (I highly recommend it). After significant consideration, I ordered “Dutch Baby with House Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup” and Susan got the “Broccoli Rabe Frittata with Ricotta.”
FOOD = ART people! Check out these pics above…they look like abstract paintings to me…fascinating how the visual composition of your food enhances the experience. Now, check out artist Gina Beavers recent work…she is making these crazy sculptural paintings of food!
Anybody for a little acrylic smoothie? Or maybe take a Digital Photo class and become a food photographer? Why not?
Monday, October 21, 2013
August 6, 2013
Monday Thoughts: Story Telling
No matter what the medium, I am always searching for the underlying story. Sometimes it hits you right in the face and other times it requires you to dig deeper. Over the last few years, I have found myself more and more interested in documentary films, a medium where the film maker has a very specific story to tell and the art-form is determined by their ability to draw you in emotionally so that you can develop a personal connection to the specific story at hand.