Visual Arts Drawing and Painting
The Drawing and Painting course will give serious students the opportunity to develop their technical skills and explore the creative process with a wide range of materials. Different techniques and approaches will be introduced, helping the students to develop new methods of self-expression.
Introduced to the arts at a tender age, I listened to my mother play classical piano, while my father was leisurely painting or sculpting. Instinctively, I was enamored with drawing and painting. Knowing I would choose art as my vocation, I journeyed by bus and train from Brooklyn to Manhattan to study life drawing at the Arts Student League and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
At mid-point in my career, I found my finest teacher and received classical training in drawing and painting. His guidance and instruction enabled me to hone my craft through the understanding of the old master's techniques. Following in the footsteps of my mentor, I fell in love with teaching art, which I continue to this day. Deriving experience from the cumulative body of my work as a painter, textile designer, muralist and fiber artist has allowed me to transition from one medium to another, defying categorization - exploring my creative self.
Noelle LiVolsi is an illustrator, muralist, and graphic designer based on the Jersey Shore. After a childhood of drawing backyard bugs with boxes of markers, she honed her skills as an illustrator at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been a professional freelance artist for the past five years, continuing to experiment and create pieces in a wide range of media. Noelle's usage of bold shapes, movement, and vibrant colors bring a sharp but playful feel to her work. Her art adorns the walls, apparel, and packaging of restaurants and cafes along the New Jersey coast, for individuals, local businesses, and international companies alike. Her keen eye for movement and composition helps her make appetizing art for food, beverage, and entertainment businesses. Noelle's love of her local community is on display in advertisements, posters, and logos for events throughout New York and New Jersey. When she is not making art, she can be found exploring the outdoors, going to concerts, and hosting board game nights.
Christine Myshka`s artistic journey began as a child, crayons in hand, drawing characters from her favorite cartoon, "The Superfriends Justice League." Along with drawing cartoon characters, Christine credits the vivid writings of Edger Allen Poe as her childhood inspiration to become an illustrator. Using these inspirations to create artworks, Christine pours all her creative energy into working in the visual arts; from illustration, to fine art and murals. Blank surfaces and spaces all call out to be "transformed" by having art made for them and on them -- and Christine loves to make that transformation happen! Christine has been working professionally for over 30 years. In carving out a career in the visual arts, she has done illustration, logo designs, architectural portraits, fine art, murals, and painted furniture. Some of her clients include Davis Publishing, Ideal Graphics Inc., T`Leon Advertising, The Home New & Tribune, Suburban Golf Club, Arcola Country Club, Rockaway River Country Club, EJ`s Bar and Grille, Vitale General Contracting, John Kling Custom Homes as well as numerous commissions for private clients. As part of her art training, Christine attended Parsons School of Design earning a BFA in Illustration. She continued her studies at Parsons in Paris; Du Cret School of Art, Grand Rapids CC; painting and drawing summer program in Greece, and Creativity Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic.