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!
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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.
July 23, 2013
First of all, I am agnostic to which is better. If it is good, it is good. I’m not such a purist to rule out digitally created art or music because “it’s not the same.” Nor am I all about listening to albums “because they sound warmer.” Inevitably it comes down to the content: how great does it look or sound?Having said that, last week we taught a class in iPad Painting and it rocked (the images above were created by Amanda Pyun on her iPad). I was first inspired by this when I Iearned of David Hockney’s iPad Paintings and exhibition in London last year. Check out these videos: http://www.youtube.
July 15, 2013
Art vs. Music
To me it is all the same…somehow my brain processes art just like it processes music. When a song or a painting are composed right, they both beg you to engage whether you’re listening or looking for rhythm.
Last week we pushed our art limits by running our first music centric class: Electronic Music Production. Five really cool teen students learned the basics of Ableton software and made beats, loops and composed their first tracks. Check them out: Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 You can sign up for our next session HERE.
What’s interesting is that music and art are both caught up in the throws of the convergence to digital tools and digital delivery. After nine months of teaching art both traditionally and digitally, in one week we were able to bust into the digital music space.
Anyone ready for piano lessons? Ok, I now figured out where we draw the line at One River.
Monday, July 15, 2013