Fine Art

How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a Story

In San Francisco recently, a man boarded the subway, brandished a gun for a few minutes, walked up to 20 year-old Justin Valdez, aimed and shot the young man dead.  The subway car was full of passengers, but not one … Read More

07 Feb '13

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Color Challenge

Color is subjective.  If you know anything about color, you know that the way it looks depends on the color that is next to it.  (If you’ve every purchased the “perfect shade” of wall paint, to only go home and … Read More

25 Sep '12


Day of the Dead

One of the lessons I have worked on with my middle school students is Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that celebrates the life of someone who has passed on.  Some people think it is their version of Halloween, … Read More

23 Sep '12

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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter.  This is a book that should be on every artist’s shelf.  It guides you through the understanding of light, atmospheric perspective, chroma, value and form.  It’s the book we should have … Read More

Boyd Reath Classical Murals

I recently took a Cast Drawing class at the Grand Central Academy of Art in NY and had an amazing experience.  At this class I came across the following company that specializes in classical murals, finishes for walls and furniture … Read More

Scott Wadell’s Portraiture

Color in portraiture is elusive.   There are so many factors when creating skintone. However, if you are in the NYC area and want a true classical course on portraiture you may want to check out Scott Wadell at the … Read More

Inspirational James Gurney- Dinotopia

There’s nothing better than a good picture book.  Dinotopia, by James Gurney, is described on his site by “the wondrous lost island of Dinotopia, an enthralling world of art, science, exploration, and invention in which humans and dinosaurs live peacefully … Read More

Great Museums in the New York Area

Here are some links to great museums in the NY area:

New York Public Library

Guggenheim Museum

Museum of Modern Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Metropolitan Museum

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Museum of the City of New York

International … Read More