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Variety in artwork is a crucial principle of design that artists and designers utilize to infuse their creations with diverse elements. This principle, closely tied to contrast, contributes significantly to the visual interest in any piece. If you’re wondering how to get better at art, understanding and incorporating variety can make a huge difference. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to create variety in your artwork, examine an exemplary piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and offer practical tips to enhance your artistic skills.

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Make Better Paintings by Using Variety

When diving into the world of acrylic painting, understanding how to use paintbrushes for acrylic painting is essential. The versatility of a single brush can significantly enhance your artwork, adding depth, movement, and emotion. In this blog post, we’ll explore five unique ways to use one brush to create diverse and captivating marks that will elevate your paintings.

Painting Tips

Many Unique Marks from One Brush

Have you ever wondered how to make a maroon color with acrylic paint? If you’ve ever tried to capture the deep, rich tones of maroon in your artwork, you know it’s not just about grabbing a tube of paint from the store. Sure, you can buy a pre-mixed marron, but where’s the fun in that? Mixing your maroon not only gives you a better understanding of color theory but also lets you create a shade that’s uniquely yours. Let’s dive into the world of maroon and explore the various ways to achieve this beautiful color.

Painting Tips

How to Mix Maroon

Do you find yourself constantly wishing for more time to indulge in your passion for art? Whether you’re juggling school, a full-time job, or enjoying retirement, carving out time for creative expression can feel like a huge challenge. But fear not! In this article, we’ll explore 5 actionable strategies to help you reclaim your time and immerse yourself in the world of painting like never before.

Painting Tips

5 Time Hacks to Make More Art

Let’s face it: art supplies are expensive, especially if you are buying professional quality. However, if you are new to painting you don’t need to break the bank to get decent supplies. This article presents you with a range of affordable art supplies that not only spare your budget, but also empower you to unleash your creativity on canvas with confidence!

Painting Tips

Art Supplies for a Small Budget

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"I was looking for an experience beyond the typical tree painting class and Andrea’s class was perfect! I’ve taken many art classes and am a relatively experienced painter, but my mother was more nervous about being “let loose” to paint whatever she wanted to. During our class, Andrea handled both our desires wonderfully. Giving us mediums, techniques and suggestions whenever we needed them. We could have brought in reference photos, (or wine lol) but being surrounded by Andrea’s work was inspiration enough. We both walked away really feeling like we created something memorable and unique in just two hours. 

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"Andrea is an accomplished artist, and her teaching style is appropriate for all levels of artists. Our granddaughter is very proud of her finished painting. We had a wonderful time, and we created some great family memories, along with some interesting paintings. We all agreed that we can’t wait to do it again. It was a great family activity."

"We created some great family memories, along with interesting paintings."

"My son and I had an amazing weekend in Santa Fe and the best ending to it was taking our abstract painting class with Andrea. From the minute we walked in, we were in a warm and welcoming environment. Its clear Andrea loves what she does and that she was born for teaching art. I had no experience and felt a little inhibited, but with her guidance and support it was an extremely positive experience and I certainly learned a lot."

"It is clear Andrea loves what she does and was born for teaching."

"Andrea Cermanski has all the skills of a good teacher. She's knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and gives precise and helpful instruction to each individual student, allowing him or her to discover their hidden artistic talents."

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"I did a private class with Andrea and it was so wonderful!! Andrea is an amazing artist and she is also a great teacher!! Thorough, patient and just a fun person to be around! I really wanted a basic introduction to how to use the paints, mediums, brushes, palettes, etc. I got that and so much more!! She even helped me with the anxieties I was having around painting. I left feeling inspired, and way more confident! Ready to go home and explore. I look forward to another class after I have played some on my own. Highly recommend!"

"I left feeling inspired, and way more confident!"