Thirteen-year-old Abigail, known to her friends as Abby, is a student with an obvious enthusiasm for art. When she is drawing in class, it's often with a huge smile on her face. Abby wanted to draw her baby cousin as a gift for her aunt and uncle and decided that last Christmas would be the perfect time. The reference photo that she chose did … [Read more...] about Student Spotlight – Abby
I am experiencing the difficulty of drawing a portrait from a reference photograph that speaks emotional volumes to me. All the things that Audrey has warned about drawing people we know-- the personal references that distract from objectively viewing the subject-- are ringing true as my current work-in-progress creeps along at a … [Read more...] about Drawing an Emotional Portrait – Keri
Art is a personal expression, and sharing something personal can be scary. Sometimes in art class I feel hesitation to show others what I'm working on, and I'm pretty sure I've noticed the same trepidation in my peers. From somewhere inside, a voice says, "It's not perfect yet!" However, to me one of the primary functions of creating art is … [Read more...] about Student Art Exhibit and Reception
I suppose I held at least a flickering fancy that at the end of six weeks' time in the Signature Style Workshop, my very unique style would have emerged garnering approval from even my harshest critic-- me. The first hour of the workshop gave my naïveté a reality check. Georgia O'Keeffe, Audrey explained, gave up painting entirely for … [Read more...] about Signature Style is a Journey
This week I viewed the gallery of students' artworks on display at the Library Station in Springfield. The drawings and paintings are all beautiful and impressive. There are a wide variety of subjects-- from still life paintings and drawings to portraits-- in many different mediums and styles ranging from classic to contemporary, some with an … [Read more...] about Gallery of Talent
An outstanding colored pencil drawing of Miley Cyrus by student Jenna Beaver, age 14 What aspiring artist doesn't dream of recognition? It has certainly been at least a flickering thought for those who intend to fine-tune their craft. With the knowledge that anyone can learn to draw comes the realization that the art marketplace can be crowded … [Read more...] about Signature Style Workshop!
Hello, I'm Keri Doolittle, an art student in Audrey's weekly drawing classes. I'm so happy to have been invited to share with you my experiences and thoughts about learning to draw. I first took drawing classes from Audrey over 7 years ago. That very first class forever changed the way I see faces, and it opened up an entirely new set of … [Read more...] about Art Class is a Community