WELCOME TO MAPLEWOOD ARTS
Art Lessons for Beginners through Advanced Students
The ability to create amazing art, and communicate what is in your mind's eye, is not a gift one is born with. Instead it is a skill that is developed and honed with quality art education and practice. By breaking down artistic training into easy to understand principles that build slowly and logically upon each other, I am able to deliver unparalleled results to students in a relatively short time.
This approach demystifies the creative process making it accessible to anyone wishing to develop high level artistic proficiency.
Below is an example of my beginner level drawing students after about four to five months of instruction. Please visit the Student Gallery to view additional examples of student work at all levels in painting, drawing, fashion design and illustration.
HOW IT WORKS
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” - Edgar Degas.
I believe that everyone is born understanding how to create and read visual images, but somewhere along the way we forget. By building strong technical proficiency students are once again able to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely, and tap into the creative wellspring we all posses. My unique approach combines contemporary and art historical exploration, themes and ideas pulled from the students' lives, and skills that build on master techniques, to quickly deliver results. As students progress they move from a direct instruction model, to a guided practice, to artistic independence.
Classes are geared to the students' interest and typically cover drawing, painting, fashion design and illustration, digital, and multimedia. All classes are designed to nurture and develop students while helping them expand their own internal love of art. In addition to these foundations, highly individualized classes in portfolio preparation are available.
Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. Tuition is charged on a monthly basis. Students may start and stop at anytime.
"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself."
With more than 20 years of experience, I have taught at every level from middle school through college; and have taught in some of the top art schools in the country including Pratt School of Art and Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. I've sat on admissions committees to top Art and Design programs, and know what it takes to be admitted.
Each year I help hundreds of students create work they didn't think possible; and guide dozens of high school students into great art programs at schools including NJIT, Pratt, St. Andrews, NYU, Rutgers, and more.
My years of experience as a designer, professor, and teacher allows me to provide students of all levels insight and instruction typically reserved for those attending the top arts programs.