Monday, October 16, 2017

What On Earth Is Happening In Art Class?! (October)

Our October has been filled with art, learning, and fun! Below are a few things we've been up to at the studio.


"Suprematism, the invention of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was one of the earliest and most radical developments in abstract art. Its name derived from Malevich's belief that Suprematist art would be superior to all the art of the past, and that it would lead to the "supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts." Heavily influenced by avant-garde poets, and an emerging movement in literary criticism, Malevich derived his interest in flouting the rules of language, in defying reason. He believed that there were only delicate links between words or signs and the objects they denote, and from this he saw the possibilities for a totally abstract art. And just as the poets and literary critics were interested in what constituted literature, Malevich came to be intrigued by the search for art's barest essentials. It was a radical and experimental project that at times came close to a strange mysticism. Although the Communist authorities later attacked the movement, its influence was pervasive in Russia in the early 1920s, and it was important in shaping Constructivism, just as it has been in inspiring abstract art to this day." (
3rd-6th Grade:

Illustrator Andy Warhol was one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time, using both avant-garde and highly commercial sensibilities.
Born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who became a leading artist of the 1960s Pop art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics. Warhol died on February 22, 1987, in New York City.” (

"Claude Monet also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise." (

Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His still-famous works include the Apocalypse woodcuts, Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. Durer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatise which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.
His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe ever since.

Much like the 3rd-6th grade classes, our Jr/Sr high students are studying the work of Pop artist, Andy Warhol. However, this class is applying his techniques to their self portraits. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What on Earth is Happening in Art?!
It’s been a busy semester so far!  Here is a look at some of the artists we’ve been studying since August.

If you have a  kiddo in the K-6th grade, you may have noticed some of the following influences in the artwork they have brought home.

"Constructivism was an artistic and architectural philosophy that originated in Russiabeginning in 1913 by Vladimir Tatlin. This was a rejection of the idea of autonomous art. He wanted 'to construct' art. The movement was in favour of art as a practice for social purposes. Constructivism had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century, influencing major trends such as the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Its influence was pervasive, with major effects upon architecture, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion and to some extent music.” (Wikipedia)

To read more about this type of art please see:

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.  The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-impressionism. The Divisionists, too, used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes.” (Wikipedia)
To read more about this type of art, please see:

All of our students in K-6th and the Jr/Sr High Drawing classes have been studying the work of Diego Rivera.

"Diego Rivera was the most visible figure in Mexican muralism, a large-scale public-art initiative that emerged in the 1920s in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. During the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910 Diego Rivera used his talents as a painter to fuel the movement with passion. Widely known for his Marxist leanings, Rivera, along with Marxism Revolutionary Che Guevara and a small band of contemporary figures, has become a countercultural symbol of 20th century, and created a legacy in paint that continue to inspire the imagination and mind." (

To read more about  this artist, please see:

Our Drawing and Portrait Art classes have been exploring the genius of da Vinci. 
"Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.” Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature. Largely self-educated, he filled dozens of secret notebooks with inventions, observations and theories about pursuits from aeronautics to anatomy" (
To read more about this artist, please see:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ready for a bibbidi bobbidi good time before school starts? Join us Saturday, August 12 for some wand making fun! This camp is "recommended" for 3rd-12th grades. If you have a younger kiddo who is allowed to use hot glue, we may lower that age limit.

Times for the camp (ages will be mixed, so just pick a time that works for you):
9:00am-10:00; 10:00am-11:00; 11:00am-12:00
Camp cost: $15 per child.

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for a give away associated with this camp.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Photo Credit: Maya Eddy (copywrite 2016) photos 1-4; Brad Hyde (copywrite 2017) photos 5-8

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fall 2016 Registration Update

The following classes are nearing their maximum enrollment:
(Revised:  August 14)
PreK-2nd Grade (4:00-5:00)
3rd-4th Grade (5:00-6:00)
5th-6th Grade (4:00-5:00)
Drawing (5:00-6:00)
Painting/Design (6:00-7:00)
Drawing (5:00-6:00)
5th-6th Grade (4:00-5:00)
PreK-2nd Grade (4:00-5:00)
3rd-5th Grade (5:00-6:00)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Summer Journaling Project (Jr/Sr High)

This summer, our Jr/Sr High students, who are registered for the fall semester, will be participating in a journaling project.  The purpose of this project is to encourage creativity over the summer months. Journaling will be done in either a "regular" book or a Bible. We will be providing each student with the book type of their choice.  However, if the artist has a book or regular journal at home and would prefer to use that one, he is welcome to do so.  Students have been given instruction on how to journal in each type of book.

JSA artists will be required to journal at least twice/week. This journaling may include words as well as drawings.  Students have been asked to text Mrs. Tanya once/week with a photo of their art. We will meet in the studio at the end of May, June, and July, for an art "show and tell". (Dates to be announced.) Artists are welcome to come to as many of these sessions as they would like, but are not required to attend. This is included as part of their fall registration, and is at no cost to the student.

If you have any questions, or would like to enroll your artist in our fall classes, please contact our studio at 870-316-2635 or email us at

Friday, March 11, 2016

Studio Annuncements Spring 2016

Introducing.....Studio B!
As Walt Disney once said, 'Around here, we keep moving forward.' At JSA, we are moving forward as well, with the addition of a new studio, new classes, and new faces. If you've checked out our Fall 2016 class schedule, you may have noticed a Studio B option. No worries, we are at the same location. We are simply utilizing some of our additional office space to provide more opportunities for our JSA students.  Studio B will welcome additional classes for Adult and Jr/Sr High students (Mrs. Penny), and 3rd-4th grade students (Miss Maya).  This new studio will officially open August 2016!
If you're looking for Summer Art Camps or Fall Art Classes, please see the following links:
Summer 2016 - JSA Summer Camps 2016
Fall 2016 -  Fall 2016