My Top 5 Favorite Art Supplies

I have tried many art supplies throughout the years. I’ve liked many of them, but there are a few that I just keep coming back to again and again. Prismacolor NuPastels … Let’s start with the NuPastels. These things are awesome and so versatile. They are of medium hardness, which means they can create fine…

How I Plan for Large Art Pieces

Starting a large art piece can be intimidating. What is considered large? Well it really depends on you! If you’re used to working on 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper then working on 18×24  sized paper could seem intimidating. Personally, big for me is a couple of feet by a couple of feet. No matter…

How I Deal with Negativity towards Art School

As someone who chose to go to pursue an art major at an art school, people tend to have opinions. Some are good, some are bad. It really depends on their experience with artists in everyday life. Those who have are usually encouraging, and they are willing to let you explain why you chose this…

How to Give Critiques

Critiques are hard to receive. However, they can also be difficult to give as well. Whether you don’t like the piece (or the person) and don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or you believe you don’t know enough to critique it, sometimes it can be difficult to speak up. Don’t Sugarcoat it! You’re not helping…

How to Survive Critiques

Critiques are a part of art school. There is no way to get around them. Here is some advice on how to make them as helpful as possible.

The First Week of Classes is Over

Phew! The first week of my spring semester is over. The only class I haven’t had yet is my jewelry class.  I do have a lot of liberal arts classes this semester, which all seem pretty cool. I’m taking two history classes, a behavioral development class, and a math class. Experimental Studio is the only…

Painting Final: From Conception to Realization

My oil painting final this semester had very loose requirements. It just had to have a figure, space, and still life. Here is it’s progress from start to finish. I chose to have the base be on gessoed wood.

Some Prints from this Semester

This semester, I took a printmaking class and ended up really liking it. We covered the basic techniques (monoprint and collograph, drypoint, and linocut). We usually were assigned the task to create an unique series of three. Here are some examples of what I created this semester. Our first assignment was to create abstract compositions…