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What do you WANT in your life? I mean, reeeeaaaallllly want. In a dig-down-deep-in-your-soul-kind-of-want. Now is the perfect time to get quiet, take a pause, and ask yourself important life questions as the 2019 cycle ends and 2020 soon begins.
 
My questions include the following. What questions will YOU ask yourself? Share them with us on FACEBOOK. We’re in this together!
 
*What makes me happy, and how will I build more of my life around what feeds my soul?
 
*What stops (sabotages) me from doing more of what I love, and when/how will I address this roadblock, in action?
 
*My health is my wealth. What will I do to enhance my health and well-being?
 
*What angers and resentments (aka poison) can I let go of, and how?
 
*When I get very quiet, what does my inner-voice say, and what do I need to do to listen and act on it daily?
 
My beloved best friend and I experience and talk a lot about a space we refer to as “beyond”. This “beyond space” is a reality that we find ourselves in together often, and yet often, we couldn’t have dreamt it up even if we tried. The magic and wonder of life’s grandest possibilities are available to you if you surrender and open yourself to a bigger reality. When you make space for more goodness, it will rain upon you.
 
In the next days ahead, I’m going to spend time nurturing the seeds of my grandest dreams. I hope you will, too. Plant those seeds. Water them, and they’re sure to grow.
 
Our hundreds of weekly students at The Art Studio NY rave that our inspiring art classes nourish their spirits, enhance their wellbeing, provide stress relief, help to achieve goals and dreams “beyond”, and in a nutshell…. it’s the best part of their week. We hope to nurture YOU through art this coming year.
 

Wishing you a meaningful and creative 2020! May you make the time to nurture your grandest dreams. Rebecca & The Art Studio NY Family

“I was working, had 3 little kids and a household to run. I wasn’t doing anything for my enjoyment or self-fulfillment. I needed more free creative time. The decision to join the art class changed my life!” – Annette Back


 

When and why did you start taking art classes at The Art Studio NY?


I started taking classes in the fall of 2014. At the time, I was working, had 3 little kids and a household to run. I wasn’t doing anything for my enjoyment or self-fulfillment.

Some friends of mine took me to a paint party at The Art Studio NY for the evening. That night I had a big AHA moment. Since graduating from School of Visual Arts, I had not painted – I used my creativity only for my clients, and that is not the same as expressing yourself freely. I needed some more of that free creative time. The decision to join the class changed my life!


What advice would you tell a total beginner who feels afraid of taking an art class or they feel they “have no talent”?

Go for it. Just try it. Most of the time, if you have the urge to paint, you have the talent within you. It’s just not tapped.


What makes your experience at The Art Studio NY unique and memorable?

I take a weekly class “Dare to Paint: Intermediate Oil Painting” on Wednesdays with instructor/Founder Rebecca Schweiger. The atmosphere, the teacher and the comradely of the students is what makes my art class experience unique and memorable. We all love to be there and help each other. It is inspiring to see the progress and completion of each others work. The feedback is invaluable. I have made friends for life.


What is something you have achieved because of your art classes that you never thought you could?

I have achieved the confidence to go out into the art world and exhibit my work confidently.


What are you most proud of when it comes to your artistic journey?


I have learned to paint freely, experiment, and recognize a happy accident. Also, I am currently building a body of work.


What fears have you overcome, on and off the canvas, since starting to paint?

I have overcome the fear of “doing something wrong” or “messing it up” on canvas.


How have your art classes allowed you to relax and relieve stress?

There is nothing like following your inner voice to create.  I love it. I now paint at home as well.


How have your art classes changed your life, either in your art or your everyday life?

Yes, I am now exhibiting, selling, working at home as well as in the studio. I want to paint more now.

To learn more about Annette’s artwork, please visit her website at :




If you’re like me, you may be feeling a certain stress as summer is replaced with “fall takeover”. Amidst the pressures of daily life, we all need a healthy escape. My favorite way to recenter myself is by spending time in the woods. I could sit silently for hours, just simply “being”, listening to the leaves dance in the wind, watching time pass.  In nature, I love to watercolor painting to express what I see and feel, forgetting everything, while letting my paintbrush do all of the talking. 

Students at The Art Studio NY always say how meditative and cathartic painting is. I fully agree.

I recently explored the #blueridgeparkway and #blueridgemountains and now that I’m back in Manhattan, when I close my eyes, I still see the expansive layers of blue mountains for as far as the eye can see.  

The journey with a paintbrush allows me to visit the woods anytime I want. Through watercolor painting, I re-experience the quiet of nature and visit that same escape in my mind, imagination and through painting, without having traveled a mile. 

What and where is your healthy escape that brings you peace in the midst of life’s hustle and bustle? Entering our 15th year at The Art Studio NY, we are grateful to offer nearly 100 weekly escapes in the form of adult art classes, teen art classes and kids art classes. We invite you to our art studio this fall to discover your home away from home, where you can escape, recenter, and reconnect with the fulfilling and meaningful self-expression you’re needing and longing for.

Rebecca



Although Jenny Casey, an Art Director and fine artist in Brooklyn, New York, could be creative in her day job, Jenny craved to practice her fine art, as she hadn’t painted since college. She discovered The Art Studio NY and has been taking NYC art classes there for over seven years. Through these years, she has developed a bold, powerful, abstract style of painting.

“The Art Studio NY not only gave me a place to create art in their NYC painting classes, but I also have an amazing art community and family there. I wanted to take an art class that wasn’t demanding, but still pushed me to the next level creatively, and this art studio does just that. It’s a weekly getaway where I can release my raw emotions on canvas and clear out the stresses from the day,” shares Jenny.

As Jenny reflected on her creative art class journey, she shared, “My teacher, Edward Holland, had a great way of comparing life to art in our NYC art classes. If I was stuck on what to do next with a painting and feeling like it had to be perfect, he encouraged me to try something totally different and make it my own. I learned to not allow the painting to control me, rather to trust the process. I find this to be reflective of the need to try to be ‘perfect’ in our day-to-day lives. It is beneficial to push myself to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. This teaching, and others, have made a huge impact on my creative journey, and I’m so grateful to The Art Studio NY for that.”

Jenny began exhibiting her vibrant, abstract, mixed-media artwork in 2013, and has been featured in art galleries throughout the country, including Walter Wickiser Gallery in NYC, the SOFA Art Fair in Chicago, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Virginia.

When it comes to her NYC painting classes, Jenny’s paintings are inspired by her passion to express raw emotions and vulnerability on canvas. She paints in a meditative way, and her artwork stems from her own thoughts and feelings, evolving from one to the next, while incorporating bold colors and textures that evoke a sculptural feel on canvas. Her work depicts feelings of release, while simultaneously balancing the process of refinement and restraint.

Jenny’s latest artwork is currently exhibited in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, at 95 Bedford Street, throughout July. For more information, visit jcaseycreative.com or follow her on Instagram, at @jcasey_creative.


Spring 2013, New York City, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. An undergraduate student and medical student are struck by the lack of  interaction and activity amongst children hospitalized in the wards. There was a complete lack of mental and physical stimulation for the kids, and they were listless. Encouraged and mentored by Dr. Edward Burns, the two students started TEACH to promote healing for hospitalized children through creative and engaging teaching. 

Studies show that happier children have better medical outcomes, which is why TEACH is so proud of how the work engages hospitalized children and stimulates them.  

TEACH is a completely volunteer run not-for-profit that has undergraduate and graduate students engage hospitalized children with exciting STEM module activities. Since its inception in 2013, it has reached over 3,000 children across more than 30 hospitals, in more than 8 states. 

The Executive Director of TEACH remembers the young boy in Downstate hospital in Brooklyn, who was so unhappy that he had tried to run away the day before. At that time, TEACH was running a Yeast Balloon module, which uses yeast, sugar, a balloon and a water bottle, to teach children about respiration. After listening to a brief description of the exercise,  the young boy was intrigued enough to emerge from under the covers and became completely engaged. He had so much fun doing the experiment that he would not let the staff take it away from his bedside the entire day. Surgeons, staff and volunteers were all amazed by the response the Yeast Balloon had received from the young patients. One surgeon even wished he had performed the experiment himself! 

Help TEACH attain the goal of reaching 500 to 700 children in 2019 by supporting their first fundraising event in collaboration with The Art Studio NY, a paint night! Kosher appetizers and refreshments will be served.
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How To Create A Life You Love

I’m Sick Of Your Bullsh*t

You may find a blank white canvas scary, intimidating. You’re not alone. I once taught a private painting lesson to a woman in her 50’s; She was so overwhelmed with terror that she needed to pause and take a Xanax. Of course it wasn’t painting she was afraid of. Rather, her old self-doubting, “I’m not good enough” narrative reared its fangs.

She could have given up, we all know how convincing fear can be. Instead, she chose courage and chose to confront her own bullsh*t. In time, her fear was replaced with confidence and strength. She created meaningful artwork that inspired her to also make new empowering life choices “off the canvas.”

@elizabeth_gilbert_writer posted this stitching by artist @badasscrossstitch, and my “TRUTH!” bell went off. On the other side of your fear and bullsh*t is freedom. Power. Transformation. PERIOD.

The blank canvas has become my spiritual teacher, always asking (telling) me to face myself full-on. The REAL blank canvas, of course, is facing every day anew. Waking up, seeing the day as the ultimate blank slate. Pregnant with possibility.

Lately, I’ve been making every attempt to apply in my life what I do freely on the canvas: Experiment with new life choices, dare to face and move towards that which scares me. Embrace and play with the unknown. Surrender. Let go of control. Be fully present. Accept that life is often different than what I expected. Make space for a life that is colorful and messy and rich and layered. See that there are no such thing as mistakes, and that I can turn errors into learning and beauty. Realize that I am carving my own life path and it’s not going to look like anyone else’s life, and that’s something to celebrate rather than be ashamed of.

What if everyday, you woke up, clicked OFF your autopilot switch, and clicked ON your self-awareness, your choices, your button of “I’m sick of my own bullsh*t, today is the day I’m going to stop worrying or replaying _________________ (insert your own bullsh*t here), and instead, CREATE and lead with my truth, authenticity and courage.”

What would your tomorrow look like if that’s how you started your day? You’re that powerful, you know.


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Not only do enriching art classes take place in our Upper West Side art studio, we bring our art classes to schools, libraries and businesses throughout the New York City area! It’s an absolute pleasure to teach hundreds of children about art, self-expression, and personal creativity at the 22 various branches of the Queens Library system. Some of the kids we teach do not have art offered in school, and our art classes are their opportunity to tap into their inner-artists. These spirited pastel paintings are inspired by aboriginal animal art. 




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“Ada and Francesca are warm and gifted instructors.  They were patient and supportive of everyone’s work and process.  Everyone enjoyed their sessions, finding the projects engaging, challenging, exciting and more.  The work was really beautiful, too – see photos attached. Thank you so much again for your help in arranging The Art Studio NY program at DOROT.” – Wendy Handler, LMSW –  Director, Lasting Impressions: DOROT’s Legacy Project
 
For the past 8 weeks, we have been teaching an art class to 20+ senior citizens at Dorot  for what is called their “Legacy Project”. Each person created artwork that is deeply personal to them, while learning new creative techniques and modes of authentic self-expression in every class. The course culminated in a final project where participants created artwork that reflects what legacy they want to leave in the world. Some pieces included photos of family, grandchildren, and meaningful chapters of their own lives while others created self-portraits reflecting their own unique spirit.
 

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Countless studies now point to the importance of both creativity  and spending time in NATURE as a path to your happiness and wellbeing. Enjoying art and nature together is so great for your health that some doctors are now prescribing it.  


Psychologists have conducted studies that show being in nature reduces stress, strengthens relationships, and improves health. “Experiencing awe in nature is a powerful way to impact people’s psychology, even as they’re doing something they really like to do,” says Researcher Craig Anderson.

Why do psychologists think nature is so healthy? The sense of awe. Experiencing awe helps you to pause, slow down, experience beauty, and feel how massive the miracle of life truly is. This perspective shift allows for your own stresses and problems to suddenly become smaller when placed in a new, larger and more expansive perspective. 

Bonding with nature is even becoming a common form of preventative health care in Japan. Studies share that spending time in forests, known as shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, find that time outdoors improves cognitive abilities, reduces anxiety, and decreases rumination. Try disconnecting from technology while taking a walk, drawing outside, or even sitting on a bench to look at the intricate details of a blooming flower. Studies show that even being outside for 30 minutes a day can benefit your mind, body, and soul.

“Our findings suggest that you don’t have to do extravagant, extraordinary experiences in nature to feel awe or to get benefits,” says Anderson. “By taking a few minutes to enjoy flowers that are blooming or a sunset in your day-to-day life, you also improve your well-being.”

The Art Studio NY is dedicated to nurturing the happiest and most fulfilled YOU. This summer, nurture your health and wellness through creativity, artistic expression and outdoor art classes in nature. The beauty of nature, the freedom of creative expression, and the warmth of community. What could be better? 
NEW DRAWING CLASSES IN CENTRAL PARK start JUNE 1.

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Day in and day out, people tell me they are not creative. When you realize that you have an inner-resource (yes, you are an artist, you might just not know it yet!) that you never knew existed, it is life-changing. You then ask yourself, “What else am I capable of that I never imagined possible?” 

Unlock your creativity and enjoy a taste of art with our NEW 1-day workshops. You’ll discover a gift that will change your life: The gift of your authentic self-expression. 
With love,
Rebecca Schweiger 

Learn more about our kids art classes and after school art programs in NYC. Also, try our a 1-time adult workshop art class this season and get a taste for art, or try a new medium! Click Here to learn more.

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Day in and day out, people tell me they are not creative. When you realize that you have an inner-resource (yes, you are an artist, you might just not know it yet!) that you never knew existed, it is life-changing. You then ask yourself, “What else am I capable of that I never imagined possible?” 

Unlock your creativity and enjoy a taste of art with our NEW 1-day workshops. You’ll discover a gift that will change your life: The gift of your authentic self-expression. 
With love,
Rebecca Schweiger 

Learn more about our kids art classes and after school art programs in NYC. Also, try our a 1-time adult workshop art class this season and get a taste for art, or try a new medium! Click Here to learn more.

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Love is a Verb: Start With Yourself 


Everyone wants to feel loved, heard, seen and understood. From a young age, every person turns to immediate family for this ongoing daily dose of care. If you were lucky, love flowed steadily and was generously given to you by others. 

As you grew into an adult, even in the best of family upbringings, you likely discovered ways that you needed and longed to be loved yet did not ever receive. Shadows and wounds crept up and in when you realized that, at times, your emotional needs didn’t feel important. Or, maybe you were made to feel invisible now and then. Whatever your wound looks like, likely, a parental figure didn’t give you the love you fully needed to thrive. 

Hurts and disappointments were tucked away, only to be discovered years later as you became an adult. Even if your parents were Mother Theresa and Ghandi, they, too, are imperfect, and likely couldn’t have given you every ounce of love you needed and deserved. 

As an adult, you have the opportunity to create your “love committee”. Love is not only a feeling, love is a verb. It is expression in action. While another human is likely incapable of meeting EVERY single one of your needs, the one person who IS available for that level of active love is your own self. 

How do you speak to yourself when you make a mistake? Are you forgiving and understanding, or do you call yourself “stupid” with frustration? How do you treat yourself in times of failure? Do you speak to yourself like a loving parent would to their young child, or do you criticize yourself and engage in self beat-up? Do you look at yourself in the mirror and see your beauty or criticize your imperfections, wishing for a different reflection in return? Do you give space to nurture your dreams, or do you belittle your heart’s desires?

Self-love is possibly one of the most transformative spiritual practices you can create in your life. It starts with you taking a stand with and for yourself. This daily practice leads you to become your biggest fan, most reliable friend and greatest hero. 

As an exercise, look at yourself in the mirror for just two minutes every day. Tell yourself, out loud, the things you wish you had heard as a child, but didn’t. “I’m here with you. I love you. I see you. Let me care for you. You’ve got this. You are deserving. Your needs matter. You are so, so beautiful.”

Speak to yourself in a way that fills you with care. It may feel awkward at first (anything new feels awkward or scary, so don’t let that be an excuse), but just like falling in love with another person takes time, give yourself time to nurture a love story that will carry you through for the rest of your life. Love is a verb, and giving love to yourself is perhaps the most impactful and sustaining love you’ll ever know.




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“Couples bond with each brushstroke!”


Date night Paint & Sip parties provide a warm, nurturing experience that encourages a meaningful experience with your loved one. Studies show that by creating together and bonding it increases oxytocin levels, which builds a healthier relationship. No matter your skill level, you can enjoy a unique creative experience.


Sign up for an art classes with your special someone at The Art Studio NY. 


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Your Most Important Artwork is Your Life



I’m constantly awestruck by the magic of painting. Once a blank white canvas, now a world of a color, spirit and feeling stare back at me. Did I really create that from scratch? Yes. 

You wake up everyday with a blank canvas in front of you. What you create, what stares back at you in your own mirror, is entirely in your hands. How will you interact with the world and what will your impact be? What decisions will you make and how will they impact your tomorrows? How will you navigate not only joy but sorrow, fear and the difficult conversations that you need to have with yourself and others? What mark will you leave on the people you engage with at work, at home, on the subway? Who will you choose to forgive so your canvas is lighter and free? What actions will you take so you’re one step closer to your hopes and dreams? 

This is what it means to be an everyday artist. You live, choose and create, consciously, the canvas of your own life. Layer by layer, moment by moment, day by day, you create your own masterpiece.


xoxo, 
Rebecca Schweiger

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Penn Station is one of my LEAST favorite spots in NYC. I’ve been known to say I hate it (and “hate” isn’t a word I use much). The noise, the crowds, the shlepping, the pushing and shoving!

And yet, today, I decided to flip this familiar canvas upside down. Instead of grumbling, I chose to create a personal “gratitude scavenger hunt” where I consciously noticed what I felt grateful for in good old Penn Station!

Instead of noticing (and grumbling some more) what I felt annoyed, frustrated and stressed by, a simple attitude adjustment allowed my eyes to brighten with how much I DID like!

And, when it was time to board my train, I felt something I never could have imagined. I was HAPPY! There were so many moments of joy in this place where previously, I only saw dark clouds. One inner adjustment can change how you experience your day and your life.

My Top 10 Gratitude Moments at Penn Station: 
1- LOVE. The Babylon train line brings me to one of my favorite places on ? earth. My grandparents’ home. 
2- SAFETY. In one of the most crowded spots in NYC, I feel that national security has my back. 
3- STRENGTH. My strong, healthy body that can walk, see, and navigate crowds & can carry a heavy suitcase. 
4- HEALTHY food options. And tons of variety. The gorgeous smoothie I ordered… with the PB and almond milk I like.
5- DIVERSITY. Religions, cultures, skin colors, ages, languages, nationalities. We are in it together. 
6- MUSIC. Amazing live music and great acoustics!
7- NEW INVENTIONS, such as lighter weight luggage with 360 wheels. They weren’t always like that! 
8- ARRIVING EARLY and not rushing. Not one person bumped into me!
9- FREEDOM to go where I want to go, see who I want to see and be who I want to be. 
10- CREATING a new attitude. Who knew that I could so easily transform a place I disliked into a canvas of gratitude? I even look forward to going back for more!

xoxo,

Rebecca Schweiger

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Stress Relief / Self-Esteem
Science has proven that making art helps children and adults relieve stress while embracing imperfections. No one is ever too young to learn the value of self-acceptance and self-love, which helps children grow into adults with higher self-esteem, a major key to a healthy and successful life. 

Improves Brain Functioning
Multiple studies in the past several years have shown that art improves healthy brain development and leads to greater social and academic success in children. When kids engage in art classes, their problem solving and critical thinking skills, attention, motivation, literacy abilities, and communication skills strengthen for the rest of their lives. This leads to higher academic achievement in math, science and languages, and it results in higher test scores.

Self-Expression / Communication Skills
Art can be used to express emotions where words cannot. Kids don’t always have the appropriate language to express their inner-world, and art is a vital tool that allows children to communicate effectively. In an age where many people feel that they are not “good enough” or that they “don’t matter,” art provides children and adults with confidence and self-empowerment. Through creating art, children learn that they MATTER and that their thoughts and feelings are valid. This, in turn, allows children to know their own worth while raising their confidence as human beings.

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By Tracey Vorus 

I came to painting accidentally. I didn’t expect to love painting as much as I do, but it has become the best part of my week. As a teenager, I spent time drawing and exploring crochet and needlework… but I stopped all of it when I went to college. 

Over the decades, I’ve dabbled in other creative activities like cooking and knitting, yet none were entirely fulfilling. Recently, I needed something new to channel a sudden (middle-age?) intensification of a creative juices. 

Between the demands of work and children, there is so little time to clear my head and have time for my own experience. As a mother of two boys, a psychotherapist with a full-time practice, and a wife, I have one big crazy schedule. When I spotted the 11 am Oil Painting Class at The Art Studio NY, I jumped on it! That was three years ago, and there hasn’t been a semester I’ve missed yet.

Besides a way to express my creativity, painting has become an escape and a form of meditation.  That is what painting provides: time to slow down, focus on what is in front of me, and reflect on shape, color, movement, stillness, composition, materials, and anything else I can think up.

I can commit to something, and then completely change my mind; it is entirely up to meIt’s soothing and energizing and relaxing and exciting, all at the same time.

I feel quite proud of the work I do and I can’t believe how much I’ve developed in such a short period of time. I also didn’t expect the way in which the class has developed into its own little community. We are all such different people, of divergent backgrounds and personalities, with skill levels and artistic bents all over the map. But we all provide great support, friendship and honest feedback for each other, and The Art Studio NY has become real artistic home for me.

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School systems left and right are making decisions that are hurting our children. Throughout the United States, schools are cutting art programs for all the wrong reasons. Why replace the arts with “more important” subjects such as math and science? In fact, studies now PROVE that art classes LEAD to greater academic achievement!

The myth that art is a luxury must be corrected. Scientific research shows that creative exploration and artistic activities spark the foundation of a child’s brain development, their emotional intelligence and boosts social skills. If that’s not proof enough of why children need art, evidence shows that a child’s ongoing engagement in art classes leads to improved academic performance, enhanced life skills (that translate into more successful lives later in life), and increased self-esteem. 

ART IMPROVES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY 4X
A recent article on PBS.org shared the results of studies that show a correlation between art and academic achievements. The impact of regular exposure to creativity results in higher test scores, as the article stated, “A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are FOUR TIMES more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.”

NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: KIDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL ADULTS BECAUSE OF ART
While kids love to get their hands dirty with paint, the benefits of art classes for kids extend far beyond the creation of a pretty picture. Many studies now show that children regularly engaged in creativity, such as painting and drawing classes, develop a greater capacity for problem solving, risk taking, visual understanding, out-of-the-box thinking, and communication skills. These are vital life skills that allow a child to grow and develop into successful and healthy adult.

INCREASED SELF-ESTEEM: ART INCREASES YOUR CHILD’S HAPPINESS
Most importantly, psychologists report that when children are encouraged to express themselves creatively, they develop a sense of confidence and healthy self-esteem about who they are in the world as well as how to make critical decisions throughout their lives. Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University, is committed to spreading this very message. “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual informational, and how to make choices based on it.” A child that believes in themselves while also learning how to make healthy choices and critical decisions ultimately grows into a successful adult that will feel empowered to navigate life’s challenges and successes with a sense of self-worth, clarity and healthy self-empowerment.

What do you think about art education for children? How has art influenced YOUR life? Share in the comments below! 

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Committed baby steps and consistent small actions, brushstroke by brushstroke, eventually evolve to become your life masterpieces. Let go of the “final product”, let go of the pressure to rush, achieve and arrive. Instead, enjoy the process, live the journey! Be present for the little moments that are often the most meaningful in your days. Whether it’s doing the dishes, watching your kids in the pool, walking outdoors or painting artwork 10 minutes at a time, these ARE the special moments. Put them all together, and in time, they become the big moments to celebrate. Creativity can ultimately become your greatest spiritual teacher.

Sign up for an upcoming watercolor painting class! 

Artwork by Rebecca Schweiger.

 

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Committed baby steps and consistent small actions, brushstroke by brushstroke, eventually evolve to become your life masterpieces. Let go of the “final product”, let go of the pressure to rush, achieve and arrive. Instead, enjoy the process, live the journey! Be present for the little moments that are often the most meaningful in your days. Whether it’s doing the dishes, watching your kids in the pool, walking outdoors or painting artwork 10 minutes at a time, these ARE the special moments. Put them all together, and in time, they become the big moments to celebrate. Creativity can ultimately become your greatest spiritual teacher.

Sign up for an upcoming watercolor painting class! 

Artwork by Rebecca Schweiger.

 

Kids away at camp? Get creative with the letters you write them! When I went to sleep away camp as a child, receiving mail was a highlight. These days, with email and texts, we have forgotten the art of writing letters. Pull out your colored pencils and tap into your creativity while writing letters to your loved ones this summer. It’s not only fun for them, it’s fun for YOU.


If your child is staying in New York City for any part of the summer, check out The Art Studio NY‘s Summer Art Camps for kids & teens. Your child will receive an exciting experience while creating. Also, we offer full and half day options to accommodate your schedule. 


Cheers to Summer,

Rebecca Schweiger

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Ronnie was afraid of creating her first portrait painting, and she did not think she could do it. She was visibly nervous. 
With a handpicked recipe of encouragement, step-by-step art techniques, the sharing of a few of my favorite tricks, a caring community of friends, and most of all, Ronnie’s positive spirit, she didn’t only create a portrait, she created a meaningful mixed-media painting that she can’t wait to frame and hang in her home! And I’m quite sure she felt relaxed and enjoyed every step of the journey! 

What are you afraid of doing that deep down, you are longing for? 

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How have your art classes allowed you to relax and relieve stress?

I notice that when I’m in class, I forget all my other issues. I had an extremely stressful summer, with lots of personal sturm und drang, and during class I was able to unwind and let go of the anxiety. TRUE STORY!

What advice would you tell a total beginner who feels afraid of taking an art class or they feel they “have no talent”? 

The risk here is pretty non-existent!!! Tell yourself that the worst thing that will happen is you may be disappointed in your first few attempts. It’s more likely you’ll be pleasantly surprised and find it’s a starting point that will take you someplace you hadn’t dreamed!

When did you start taking art classes at The Art Studio NY, and why did you begin to take classes (what was going on in your life at the time)?

I started about three summers ago. I’d always loved art and sketched from childhood but had never had real training. I tried a few classes here and there, include one very intimidating class elsewhere which was NOT for me, everyone had MFA’s! I started seeing signs around my neighborhood for The Art Studio NY and thought it sounded perfect! I had been longing to develop my skills and find a community of amateur artists where the vibe would be relaxed.

What makes your experience at The Art Studio NY unique and memorable? 

I had always wanted to learn how to paint in oil but wasn’t sure I could transfer my drawing skills to the canvas. Mixing colors, using brushes….it all seemed a little difficult. At first, it WAS frustrating, but with Jake’s help, I relaxed about the process and figured I would just see where it took me! The risk was low, and I was enjoying being in the “zone” while I was in class.

I’ve been in Jake’s Thursday evening oil painting class for about a year and a half now.

What is something you have achieved because of your art classes that you never thought you could?

I never thought I could tackle figures and faces with oil paint. I started painting landscapes and then “graduated” to figures, including a portrait of my daughter. To my surprise, she was happy with it and has it hanging in her apartment!
 
What are you most proud of when it comes to your artistic journey? 

Continuing to try new things and taking a fearless approach to it. Although I want to take pride in the final result, I allow myself room to mess up and just keep trying. I began painting pets last fall, starting with my sister-in-law’s dogs. I was shocked at how natural it came to me. I’ve now started painting my friends’ pets and am building a portfolio of these paintings.


How have your art classes changed your life, either in your art or your everyday life? 

I’m starting to actually think of myself as an artist, or at least someone who has the potential to grow. My goal is to, at some point, actually get commissions for pet portraits (I couldn’t think of a better second career!). I must say that the sense of camaraderie and support we get in class (fellow artists are always interested in others’ work and warmly encouraging) fosters lots of growth and learning. Jake is also an amazing instructor and mentor, who nurtures everyone’s individual style and understands their goals.

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One of the top 20 (out of a gazillion) reasons I ❤️ my work at The Art Studio NY.
Everyday, I walk into the studio and see the most gorgeous artwork that it blows my mind. Everyday, the artwork is different, exciting and “wow”! As a professionally trained artist, I can promise you that I and my classmates were not THIS talented! Magic happens here…

Beginner’s mind + encouraging, non-judgement art instructors + students unleashing creativity + TASNY magic potion = these student paintings



Loving the vibrant colors in this piece made by one of our amazing students, Kerri Sprague, in James’ Beginner’s Dare to Oil class on Thursdays! 



Feeling so lucky to be inspired everyday by our amazing students! This beautiful piece made by Olga Kilm was no exception.



Stunning and colorful painting by one of our amazing students Shermina Ladak. 


A bride and her girls celebrated with an ART party! We loved hosting this special celebration!


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Create A Life You Love
Process, Not Product
Tip of the Week

What if the PROCESS, not the final product, IS what makes a creative life fulfilling? I constantly see students in my art studio, and friends in daily life “off the canvas”, in a race… a race to no where. There is no prize waiting for you when you finish a painting two hours faster or when you complete your to-do list one day earlier. 
There is, however, a consequence of your rush to the finish line. You lose out on enjoyment, connection to others, and the power of your own self-awareness. You are so busy getting to the end that you miss the deliciousness, the beauty and the wonder, of the entire meal. 



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Creative myth buster! “I don’t have space, I don’t have time, I don’t have the money.” What if you didn’t need much space, money nor time to express creativity, and yet you would still receive the wellness benefits? I painted this in an 11.5″ x 8″ notebook on a small glass table with $7 watercolors. No mess, no fuss, and VERY emotionally nurturing and satisfying.
 – Rebecca Schweiger

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What class/es did you take, and what classes are you currently taking?

I took one of Andy’s painting classes, and I took Drawing at the Met and in Central Park. Now I am in Jake’s acrylic class on Sundays. It’s the best part of my week.

What makes your experience at The Art Studio NY unique and memorable?

The people in class and the staff. It’s a very laid back environment that embraces everyone’s artistic abilities.

What is something you have achieved because of your art classes that you never thought you could?

I never thought I would actually get better at painting and I have! Jake has encouraged me to take risks and I do. He’s encouraged me to be more independent and I am. I never considered myself an artist, and I guess it’s safe to say that I am.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your artistic journey?

I remember after my first painting, I asked Jake if I should paint a portrait, and he said I could but he also explained that portraits are really difficult because you really need to know your subject to be able to capture their personality. I decided to paint a portrait of my grandma and mom for a Mother’s Day gift and after completing it, I was SO PROUD!!! I was hooked on portraits and LOVING black and white!

What fears have you overcome, on and off the canvas, since starting to paint?

I’m not afraid of anything except cockroaches and ocean waves cause I can’t swim. Still afraid of both. As far as painting is concerned, I used to be afraid to mess up. I am not anymore. Because, I can paint over anything. And I have the BESTEST teacher in the world who can turn anyone into an artist.

How have your art classes allowed you to relax and relieve stress?

YES, but mostly they make me happy. The art studio is one of my happy places.

How have your art classes changed your life, either in your art or your everyday life?

Yesssssssss art is a great gift. It’s nice to be inspired by someone’s photo, another artist or a teacher, and it’s nice to be admired for something creative that you’ve done.

What advice would you tell a total beginner who feels afraid of taking an art class or they feel they “have no talent”?

Everyone has talent, you just can’t be afraid to express you ART and soul.


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