FEELING THANKFUL

As November comes to a close, I’d like to take this moment to say Thank You!

Last spring I embarked on this crazy adventure of starting a small business, unsure of what the future may bring… Numerous birthdays, painting parties, and art classes later, I am happy to say that ARTSi Studio is going strong!

Our Winter Wonderland Painting Party on December 10th sold out quickly, so we are now offering an evening time slot. 

We now have a local venue to hold our classes and events! The Long Valley Arts/Teen Center has the perfect studio space for our children’s classes and painting parties.

Winter Session Registration opens on December 1st for classes in drawing, painting, collage, origami and sculpture. I am finalizing details for upcoming adult workshops and FREE events as well!

I really appreciate the enthusiastic and positive feedback from all of the parents, families, and young artists who have participated in my ARTSi Studio classes or events. I feel privileged to be able spend my time with such creative kids!

COMIC CON EXCITEMENT

The first ARTSi Studio Comic Con was a grand success!

Yesterday evening, students arrived to class VERY excited about their BIG event. They spent the first half of class added finishing touches to their comic books and preparing Comic Con posters and Meet the Artist sheets. Finally it was time to set up. 

Each artist got their station ready, laying out all their sketches and displaying their comic books. It was a flurry of activity! All the proud cartoonists stood ready for their fans to arrive. 

The guests poured in and fanned out around the room. Photos were snapped all around and the artists answered questions about their work. Family and friends were duly impressed by their creativity and originality. As I passed out ARTSi totes for the kids to take their work home in, one boy exclaimed, “Is the Comic Con ending already?!”

These young artists worked very hard for six weeks on their original comic book stories and it showed. The process wasn’t always easy, but they kept at it. Our cartooning class was even featured in the local newspaper! (article)

Thank you everyone for making the first Adventures in Cartooning class such an inspiring experience! Keep on creating!

WHAT A CHARACTER!

The Adventures in Cartooning 6-week session is off to a great start! This past week I had a blast teaching a full class of 20 artists in Long Valley and a group of 12 in Mendham Township. 

For the first class, we drew inspiration from a yellow sponge (I’m sure you know him!) and discussed character development, setting, and plot. The students brainstormed and sketched their awesome ideas.

What a variety of comic book characters they are developing! Character ideas can come from anywhere… from your best friend or your pet chickens or even a hot-dog shaped pencil case!

Next week we begin storyboarding and drawing our actual comic book pages. Can’t wait!

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

adventures in cartooning

Hello all you ARTSi folks out there! I’m finally taking the plunge and writing a blog. After obsessing at length over how to create the perfect opening sentence and coming up empty, I decided to just start writing.

This blog will be a place for me to share my journey as an artist and teacher, post about things I am super excited about, and connect with local creative families- like yours!

This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of teaching the first ever Adventures in Cartooning Class! An awesome group of artists ages 6-12 joined me for a fun hour of drawing.

We started out with a step-by-step minion drawing and then brainstormed ideas for fun characters of our own! From a polka-dot rainbow unicorn to a minion dog to a ferocious spiky chicken, ideas were flying as these cartoonists-in-training got busy! 

Next week I begin teaching Adventures in Cartooning 6-week sessions in Long Valley and Mendham Township. I can’t wait to see what characters my new classes come up with. Their comic books will be amazing!