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Looking At Art

By Riad Miah

In the world of social media and the internet, one can see hundreds if not thousands of works of art online. We sift through hundreds of years’ worth of art through clicks and swipes, but in the end, are we really seeing and understanding how and what they are communicating?…

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The Continuum of Drawing

By Catherine Haggarty

Artist: Amanda Nedham Title: Bullseye target: I’ll draw you a fly 1 of 25 Medium: Graphite Dimension: 8×10 Year: 2019 Exhibition: Field Projects Drawing has been a topic I have been practicing, lecturing and writing about for years. I am currently teaching a course designed to traverse both Art Theory…

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Painting on Paper as a Form of Drawing

By Riad Miah

What are the benefits of working on paper? Can painting on paper be a kind of drawing? Working on paper has a certain liberation to it, one does not have to be precious with it. Working on paper allows me to work through a process. The thought process reveals itself…

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Cynthia Carlson’s Grid Books – Unleashing Creativity with Shackles

By Melissa Brown

One might make the mistake of thinking that the flames of creativity are fanned by open-endedness, ultimate freedom, no rules, starting from scratch, tossing out the baby with the bathwater, bulldozing the metropolis so as to construct another one in its place according to a subconscious dreamscape, embodying your inner…

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Drawing on the Edge

By John O'Connor

One of my most vivid memories of drawing is from when I was five years old. I was on the cusp of kindergarten, and my mother took me to my future classroom to meet my teacher before school started. My teacher, Mrs. Eagen, gave me some paper and colored pencils.…

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Infinite Space Drawing

By John O'Connor

Here’s a fun project that will allow you to explore new ways of understanding both the illusion of space, inexorably grappled with by artists throughout history, and the inherent flatness of your paper’s surface. These two ideas collide (or reach a peaceful harmony) below. And attempting to draw the impossible…

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Artist Statements

By Catherine Haggarty

When I think about an artist statement, frankly I cringe. Memories of failed attempts in undergrad and graduate school make me think of all the time I thought I could adequately put my work into fluid and knowable terms. I now feel confident in how to write and speak about…

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Tips for a Sunday Painter: Part Two

By Melissa Brown

It was because of visiting the trails around the State Line Look Out in the Alpine, NJ Palisades that my Sunday painting practice took center stage in my work. Even though I was born near the Hudson Palisades, I had never visited the state park until I had lived in…

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Art Materials

Building An Image

By Catherine Haggarty

I have never been an artist that works in one method and with one medium. For years I grappled with this, thinking it was an inadequacy. I now realize, it is my strength and that the reality is, very rarely artists work in a 1 to 1 method. I think…

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Tip For Sunday Painter Melissa Brown One River School

Tips for a Sunday Painter

By Melissa Brown

Neither of my parents are artists, nor any of my extended family. There were no artists from generations past to which my artistic interests were compared, no inherited traits from a creative Aunt Clara. When I was a kid in the 80’s my father was working as an accountant. And…

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