Art Supplies on the cheap-Saturday

The Rowayton Arts Center has a tag sale this Saturday. It is being held at the Community Center in Rowayton, 33 Highland Avenue. Lots of stuff usually: canvases, pastels, easels, drawing and painting gear. Here’s the flyer.

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Monday, Oct 20.

The school Facebook page for the arts Department is @ Art, Architecture + Design at Norwalk Community College. I posted some class pics there of Phase I of WTHisit. I was impressed with your good, speedy and focused work today. I’ll see you on Monday, ready for Phase II.

You will need these supplies: Yupo paper, fine markers, rubbing alcohol, Qtips, and oil crayons-plus your basic drawing materials.

We are like children building a sandcastle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of coloured glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sandcastle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea. (Pema Chodron)


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WTHisit project: Bring your boxes tomorrow

We have a large project launching tomorrow. Be on time and bring your boxes-Gift wrapped. See this file for where we are heading with this extensive in-class drawing assignment:  Agenda_Oct15_WTHisit process

Go to Gallery/Gallery 2 on this sight for inspiration to research Cy Twombly

His use and reuse of common object in his sculptures, brushed over with white house paint, is a fine example of what you may emulate with your boxes. 

Supplies you need to provide:

Wednesday-YOUR BOX
On Monday, October 20: Yupo paper, Qtips, rubbing alcohol, fine black markers, black oil crayons.

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REMEMBER! your WTHisit box is due in class next week, and…..

In Greenwich CT, the Bruce Museum has an outdoor arts festival this weekend. The Museum grounds are covered with local artist’s work; some good, some not so good, but definitely worth the trip. Have a nice weekend.

Bruce Museum

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New Haven Arts event this weekend & class on Oct. 15th

Have a nice long weekend. Take the time to catch up in your sketchbooks; do not let this homework snowball out of control. Stay current in your out of class work.

On Wednesday October 15th you have two things due in class.


And….Event: Joe mentioned this happening in class this week. (This is not the trip we are taking/no worries) But it does look very interesting indeed. Remember this is a month-long arts event in New Haven, with a different focus each weekend.
Link here:

On that subject, for those of you who are joining me on October 25, for the New Haven trip, please go to this website:

On the top menu, click on Curator Tours. Scroll down quite a ways until you see this tour with Deborah Daney at 2:00pm:
tourYou must order your tickets yourselves. These tours are selling out so do this now before you forget. More details on this weekend arts trip next week.


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Arts Field Trip for fun

For fun. If you are interested, let me know. I’ve mentioned that New Haven is hosting an Arts Event.

On October 25, Saturday, I propose a group of us meet at NCC around 11:00 and travel north to Erector Square in New Haven, CT. This a an old toy factory that now houses 80-100 studios for working artists. We can tour the spaces and see the art. At 2:00 there is a $6.00 guided tour that brings us into three studios; I respect the three artists and am a friend of one artist. For info:

This would be purely for an arts experience and not connected to a grade or project in my class. Contact me ASAP if you are interested and can commit. You will be responsible for ordering the tour ticket. I will walk you through that process. Email me @ I am looking for about 6 students minimum to make this happen.
We will be car-pooling so we’ll need to share rides.

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Oct. 6 and Oct 8

Outside Morgan Library NYC. ©lorilohstoeter

Outside Morgan Library NYC. ©lorilohstoeter

Maybe Monday, we’ll start by showing the 2-day drawings on the board; I’d like to continue the all important topic of composition. We can use your drawings as a spring-board for our conversation.
We begin lessons on gray-scale and the practice of shading; we will learn to “see” the “value” of gray in objects, their shadow side and their cast shadows. We will start using Charcoal in class-remember your supplies.

I’ve introduced the in-class project WTHisit? See this doc. for the details:
I am leaving much of the “process” of this project out; it will remain a mystery for a while as to how we will use your boxes of objects. Just start thinking and collecting-all kinds of odds and ends. Download details of the in class project here: WTHisitbox_NCC_2014

Have a great weekend; I’ve posted new events on the Events page. New Haven is full of art in the next two weekends.

I took the above photo while in the city this past weekend. I had to smile at the juxtaposition of the old with the new; I spotted this interesting grouping outside the Morgan Library (the famous NYC library-Ghostbusters movie-two lions library). The bronze street lamp figures are turn-of-the-century. The ad, absolutely current.


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