Spring Updates!

Happy Spring! It’s just unbelievable how fast this school year has flown, but I guess we always say that. It seems we are all amazed by time – how fast it seems but also how slow.Β 

March was Vincent van Gogh’s birthday month so we spent several weeks learning more about him & being inspired by his amazing work. It was fascinating (& tragic) to learn that he passed away not knowing the value of his work. We learned that in his short 10 year painting ‘career’ he painted over 2,100 paintings but sold only 1. He passed away at the young age of 37 😦 My students did an amazing job of creating their own van Gogh inspired flower paintings.

Summer is weeks away! This will be my 5th summer to offer “Let’s Create…like the Masters!’ art camps & I can’t wait! There are only three spots remaining across the five sessions, so register soon! See the “Let’s Create 2017” tab for all the info! I am offering a $20 off discount if you register by May 25th!

Also thinking ahead to the upcoming 2017-2018 school year — I have just updated all the information for my 2017-2018 school year art lessons – I will be offering 5 classes — a homeschool class & four after school classes. Click on Β the “Art Lessons” tab for all the info. Registration opens May 1st!Β 

Last month I had the privilege of hanging some of my work in the “Patriarch” craft beer lounge in downtown Edmond! I have been quite busy painting & feeling out the rough patches & wonderful patches of being an artist. It is a constant learning journey, one of which I am thankful to be on. All of my paintings can be found on my Etsy shop — alisanelsonstudio.etsy.comΒ including many new ones!Β 

I have been reading Brene Brown’s book, “Gifts of Imperfection.” Such an inspiring read. I especially loved the chapter on Cultivating Creativity. One quote that stood out to me — “If creativity is seen as a luxury or something we do when we have spare time, it will never be cultivated…When I make creating a priority, everything in my life works better.” Love that…and I find it to be so true. Perhaps that is one of the many reasons I love teaching art lessons to children. They don’t have to be told to make time for creativity. They just do it – naturally and freely, without reservation. Oh, to be more like them!! πŸ™‚

Happy Creating!

February is Here!

Time for an update!! January quickly passed us by and somehow we are already into February of the 2016/17 school year! Only three more months with my sweet artists and summer camps will be here before we know it!

I have so much to share! In January I began my 5th year owning & operating Alisa Nelson Studio. I absolutely LOVE what I do – getting to share art with others is so much fun and five years ago I never would have imagined it looking like this. I began this semester with my largest student enrollment so far – 4 classes of 33 students. Plus my daughter, who loves art (I hope it sticks! :)) Β I currently have one opening in my Thursday, 4:15-5:15 class! Contact me asap if you are interested. Also, be on the lookout for 2017 “Let’s Create! like the Masters” Summer Art Camps info. I will post dates by the end of the month and enrollment will begin March 1. Yay!!Β 

Last month we were inspired by Grandma Moses’ wonderful art. She didn’t begin painting until she was 70, and painted over 1,500 paintings from that time until she passed at age 101! That sure does take all excuses away on trying something new, doesn’t it!? I loved several things that she said – “Anyone can paint!” She is definitely a testament to that. She also said, “Paint what you know.” You can see that in her amazing story-type landscapes. My students & I agreed that it felt as if you could hop into one of her paintings & interact with the characters & scenes. She also said, “Everyone has something inside to give.” Thank you, Grandma Moses, for what you gave to the art community.Β 

January also included the 2017 Statewide Youth Impressions Juried Art Show, put on each year by the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond. I love having my students participate in this show and share their art with the community. Together we entered 23 wonderful pieces of art, and several of my artists brought home ribbons.Β 

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Last but not least, Alisa Nelson Studio has been announced as a finalist in the Metro Family, 2017 Family Favorites for art studio/art lessons! I am still blown away by this, but thrilled to be recognized, especially next to the OKC Museum of Art & the FAI, both amazing contributors of art to our city!!Β 

http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/familyfavorites/

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As an artist, I have been working on several new paintings for my Etsy shop. I will be posting them later this week! I have been working through the muddle of “painters block” and lack of motivation. It’s hard to make yourself do something even when you don’t feel like it, and believe it or not, sometimes I don’t feel like painting. But reading about Grandma Moses really inspired me, as well as working through the book, “Making Art a Practice” by Cat Bennett. “Who knows what will happen or what we inspire with our art? We do not get to see the whole story, ever. We simply offer our art and ourselves…We have something of value to offer, and the world needs it.” I thought of Grandma Moses as I read that. So thankful that she began painting and shared her value with the world, not knowing the whole story. Just like a cute art quote I’ve seen — “the earth without art is just eh” — SO true! πŸ™‚

Happy Creating!Β 

December Happenings!

I think it’s time for an update! There have been so many exciting things going on at Alisa Nelson Studio!

  1. Due to increasing interest & a growing waitlist, I am opening a 4th class, beginning in January! The new class time will be Thursdays, 4:15-5:15. Click on the “Art Lessons” tab above for all the details! My other three classes are currently full & wait list only.
  2. My Etsy shop is open & I recently added many new paintings — go take a look! alisanelsonstudio.etsy.comΒ screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-9-26-06-am
  3. Andy & I hosted my first art show last week! I have learned that I work best with deadlines, so it was an exciting challenge to complete so many paintings for my show! I am enjoying working with bold color & experimenting with materials – my new favorites are aquabord, liquid gold leaf & wood panels. Combining realistic elements and abstract elements in the same paintings has become a favorite of mine – trees, lettering, movement of color with spraying & drips Β – more of these things on the way! It’s a joy to be finding my voice as an artist – I’m sure I will continue to discover & change & grow more and more as I take the time to paint each day. Being a creative is such a discipline – painting even when I don’t feel like painting – this is a thing! Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” I have found this to be SO true. Thank you for joining me on my creative journey!

September Update!

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!” – Albert EinsteinΒ 

Summer 2016 – I taught four “Let’s Create — Like the Masters!” summer art camps. Each group of artists was SO fun and SO creative! We were inspired by three famous artists, Hundertwasser, Matisse and Picasso. This was my first summer to offer classes for younger artists as well – I taught three “Pop-In for Art” classes for 5 & 6 year olds!

FallΒ – My art classes have gotten off to a great start! I am looking forward to an awesome year with a sweet group of artists. I am teaching three classes, which are currently wait list only. Contact me to put your child on a wait list. I also have limited private lesson space available.

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Etsy — My shop is open! Please visit and keep me in mind for future art purchases for your home, business or gifts — alisanelsonstudio.etsy.com

Happy Creating!

April ANS Updates!

**Enrollment is open for “Let’s Create!” 2016 summer camps! I look forward to my 4th summer creating with kiddos. Visit here for all the info & contact me to enroll.

**I am offering 3 summer classes for ages 5-6. Visit here for that info.

**Private lessons (space is limited) will be available through the summer – visit here for that info!

**I have posted my 2016-2017 art lesson info, including the edition of a new class!Β  Visit here for all the info & contact me to enroll.

**Alisa Nelson Studio is now Alisa Nelson Studio, LLC πŸ™‚

**I’ve been painting up a storm & I’m putting the final touches on my Etsy store — be watching for the grand opening in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

2016 is here!

Happy New Year! I am excited about a clean “canvas” & all that this year will hold for Alisa Nelson Studio! I have recently added a few new items to my website – visit the above tabs for all the info!

*A new elementary art class will begin in February – Tuesdays 6:15-7:15

*I am now offering private lessons – space is limited.

*Adult art classes are in the works, along with 2016 summer camp info!

Thank you for visiting! Happy Creating πŸ™‚

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Enrollment Has Begun — School Year Art Lessons!

Hello Friends! It’s that time of year again…time to start thinking about the school year that is ahead!

ENROLLMENTΒ IS NOW OPENΒ for the 2015-2016 school yearΒ ANS Art Lessons!Β Yippee! πŸ™‚

Find all the info by clicking on the Art Lessons tab above or here —Β https://alisanelsonstudio.com/art-lessons/

Register soon! I keep my class sizes small to create the best environment for creating & learning!

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