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A Question of Style…A Common Quest for Excellence (Newsletter 1981 Nov-Jan)

A Question of Style…A Common Quest for Excellence (Newsletter 1981 Nov-Jan)

  Were I approached by some enthusiastic fellow, wishing to hear my views on establishing an art school like ours, I would quickly alert him to a few home truths: Once a central body of dedicated students becomes established, one must be prepared to assume a subordinate role. The instructor’s purpose is to serve the tradition in which he […]

Active Participation (Newsletter 1981 Jan-April)

Active Participation (Newsletter 1981 Jan-April)

  “One truly understands only what one can create” ~ Giambattista Vico (1668 – 1744) In his monograph on modern sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon, William C. Agee quotes this exceptional artist as having said, “I do not believe that each epoch creates all parts of its aesthetic, but that it finds its roots in the preceding generations which have […]

The Necessary Expedient (Newsletter 1981 April-Jun)

The Necessary Expedient (Newsletter 1981 April-Jun)

    Every individual attaining a personal mode of self-expression is self-taught. However supportive one’s training, the formation of an appropriate style and language is a private and very personal quest. The work of an accomplished artist establishes the standards by which it is judged. The body of work produced by an artist creates its own order. This unique symmetry establishes the criterion by which […]

Drawing I-A & Painting I (Newsletter 1980)

Drawing I-A & Painting I (Newsletter 1980)

  The foundation course in Drawing appears to be the first step in a two-step dance: such is the impression given by the schedule of classes as printed on the back panel of this newsletter. Alas. all is not as simple as it seems. In fact, a student rarely moves from Drawing I to Drawing […]

12,000 Student Grant Brings Studios’ Total to $273,150 (Newspaper Article From 1988)

12,000 Student Grant Brings Studios’ Total to $273,150 (Newspaper Article From 1988)

  Rebecca Fredericks may be the third-generation artistically inclined member In her family, but it took more than genes to win an 812,000 trustee scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The 17-year-old daughter of Phyllis and Anthony Fredericks of Glen Rock, near York, formerly of Mertztown, say it took a lot of hard […]

​Creating Depth in Your Drawing or Painting With Aerial Perspective

​Creating Depth in Your Drawing or Painting With Aerial Perspective

A great way to add depth and atmosphere to your drawing or painting is to use aerial perspective. Allow your viewer to walk through your drawing or painting with their mind. After all, it’s an illusion. It’s a dirty trick and a rotten lie that we can incorporate in our art to enhance the third dimension. In this next painting by Albert Bierstadt, we can see as the distance increases the […]

Top 5 Drawing Books Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Top 5 Drawing Books Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

What better way to inspire your art by studying and learning by the drawings of master painters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has included over 400 FREE books for download and online viewing. I dug through the pile and searched out all of the well known and inspiring masters that I’m familiar with and came up with five of the best PDF Books you can download for free, study, and be amazed […]

The Road to Visual Literacy (Article from 1984)

The Road to Visual Literacy (Article from 1984)

  The Call-Chronicle recently featured an article written by James J Kilpatrick in which he lamented the plight of the humanities in our colleges and universities. In that article, he summarized a report written by William J. Bennett, director of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “College students, for the most part, are not learning the humanities properly, and this […]

Oil Painting and Palette Control (Newsletter from 1979)

Oil Painting and Palette Control (Newsletter from 1979)

  Did you know that there is evidence to indicate that painters have organized their palettes to the color wheel in much the same way that manufacturers of musical instruments design their products to a twelve tone scale? An interesting notion, isn’t it? A palette upon which to perform. A palette designed to change keys and function in different registers. Wouldn’t that make things easy? Have you any […]