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Thursday, 18 March 2021
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How Should I Draw?

Discover the techniques that are congruent with you artistic soul. “How should I draw?” is likely a question students have asked since ateliers were invented. Although I teach my students many of the same techniques at the same time, I … Continue reading

Monday, 15 March 2021
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High School Drawing Lesson Plans

These drawing lessons are sure to be a hit with your high school students. Shiny! This slide art lesson plan helps high school students discover how to create shiny effects with pencil. It takes them through the process of drawing … Continue reading

Thursday, 11 March 2021
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YES, YOU CAN WEAR THAT COLOR

How to un-banish a color from your wardrobe and find the right version of it for you. I used to think that I could NOT wear the color yellow. “Ugh,” I thought when I saw yellow. Or I would see the … Continue reading

Thursday, 25 February 2021
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ATELIER DICTIONARY

What is Atelier? Notional Space? Contours? Fret not my friend, this is your go-to dictionary for all those wonky terms people who draw and paint realistically like to throw around. This is an ever expanding project, so check back regularly … Continue reading

Monday, 22 February 2021
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WHAT IS AN ATELIER?

What does “Atelier” mean? “Atelier” is simply the French word for “studio”. It is a place where artists train in order to master realistic drawing and painting skills. Today, this French term continues to be in use, as that is … Continue reading

Thursday, 18 February 2021
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NEW BEGINNINGS IN ARTEDUCATIONLAND

Mandy during her atelier training in Seattle, WA circa 2014 Do you take yourself seriously as an artist? The new year is traditionally a time for planning hopes and dreams. It’s a time of big goal setting for how we … Continue reading

Monday, 15 February 2021
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NOTES ABOUT NOTICING

Tree Study by John Ruskin (1819-1900) Ruskin Foundation, Ruskin Library, Lancaster University “That woman poached a couch and skinned it!” This what my friend and fellow painter exclaimed to me in a coffee shop one day.  I glanced up to see … Continue reading

Thursday, 11 February 2021
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HOW TO DRAW A ROSE PART II

“Atelier” is simply the French word for “studio”. It is a place where artists train in order to master realistic drawing and painting skills. Today, this French term continues to be in use, as that is where most American painters … Continue reading

Monday, 8 February 2021
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HOW TO DRAW A ROSE PART 1

Why a rose? Roses inspire many people and are one of the most desired subjects people wish to draw. In this article, I will take you through every step of drawing a rose using a block-in method. By following this … Continue reading

Monday, 8 February 2021
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Yes, You Can Draw a Stick Figure

Why do grown adults insist they can not draw as well as a preschooler? When I tell someone that I am an artist, more often than not they respond with “I can’t even draw a stick figure.” As a certified … Continue reading

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