Artist Spotlight: Alma Thomas

Artist Spotlight: Alma Thomas

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Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was an American painter inspired by the natural world, who often used vi...
Embroidery Patterns

Embroidery Patterns

Say hello to your new favorite embroidery patterns!Not too cutesy or difficult, our signature pa...
Music to Create to

Music to Create to

Just a friendly PSA that we're on Spotify and you should follow us to find the best of best music...
Eat, Sleep, Exercise, Make Art

Eat, Sleep, Exercise, Make Art

In his weekly column “How to Build a Life” featured in The Atlantic Magazine, social scientist Ar...
Artist Spotlight: Jean Arp (also known as Hans Arp!)

Artist Spotlight: Jean Arp (also known as Hans Arp!)

Jean Arp (1886-1966) was born in Germany to a French mother and German father - and tends to be k...
How To: Collage

How To: Collage

Collage is one of our favorite art forms, mainly because there is really no wrong way to create o...
Art as medicine? Yes please!

Art as medicine? Yes please!

Doctors prescribing looking at art as a form of medicine? It sounds like exactly the kind of trea...
How To: Create TEXTURE with Oil Pastels

How To: Create TEXTURE with Oil Pastels

Hmmm texture....even the word excites us. Texture.....say it slowly and ponder on the magic of la...
How To: Draw with Oil Pastels

How To: Draw with Oil Pastels

The best way to get the hang of oil pastels is to do small, quick studies that help you experimen...
Oil Pastels: What are they? How do you use them? Let's dig in!

Oil Pastels: What are they? How do you use them? Let's dig in!

We love oil pastels for lots of reasons - their versatility, user-friendliness, they play really ...
Theosophy and its Influence on Modernism

Theosophy and its Influence on Modernism

Many of the early modernist painters including Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Hilma af Klim...
Fun feels good, and it's good for us!

Fun feels good, and it's good for us!

In a recent New York Times article, researcher and author Catherine Price presents her findings o...
A few of our favorite Color Field Painters

A few of our favorite Color Field Painters

Color Field Painting is an art movement that emerged from Abstract Expressionism in the mid-20th ...
A few of our favorite figurative artists...

A few of our favorite figurative artists...

For centuries artists have been portraying and interpreting the human form in a multitude of ways...
A brief intro to the history of COLLAGE!

A brief intro to the history of COLLAGE!

Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, phot...
Blind Contour Drawing

Blind Contour Drawing

Blind contour drawing means using your eyes to follow the contour of the subject with continuous,...
Warm Color Exploration

Warm Color Exploration

Recommended creative playtime: 10-20 minutes; 30+ minutes (you can spend as little or much time o...
Checkerboard Dreams Come True

Checkerboard Dreams Come True

Simply draw a series of gridded lines to make several squares (like a checkerboard), and fill th...
Cool Color Exploration

Cool Color Exploration

Cool Color Exploration Recommended creative playtime: 10-20 minutes; 30+ minutes (you can spend a...
Shape Exploration

Shape Exploration

Recommended creative playtime: 10-20 minutes; 30+ minutes (you can spend as little or much time o...
Line Exploration

Line Exploration

Understanding the elements of art – line, shape, color, form and texture is essential as you begi...
Artist Spotlight: Betty Woodman

Artist Spotlight: Betty Woodman

The first word that comes to mind when I see a Betty Woodman work is EXUBERANCE. While primaril...
Entry #1 in Podcasts We Love

Entry #1 in Podcasts We Love

As you know, a big part of A/ L. P- is learning about iconic artists who have shaped art movemen...
The Secret to Happiness? Being in a state of FLOW

The Secret to Happiness? Being in a state of FLOW

Psychologist Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues in his 2004 TED Talk (viewed by almost six millio...
Everyone can Benefit from Art Therapy

Everyone can Benefit from Art Therapy

One could safely argue that we are living in truly unprecedented times. While our collective anxi...
MIT Scientists Make the Case for Lifelong Kindergarten

MIT Scientists Make the Case for Lifelong Kindergarten

 The Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab spreads the spirit of kindergarten to learn...
Artist Spotlight: Georgia O'Keeffe

Artist Spotlight: Georgia O'Keeffe

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I ha...
Frank Bowling

Artist Spotlight: Frank Bowling

We recently revisited the work of Guyana-born British artist Frank Bowling, and haven’t been able...
Morning Musings #8 October 2021

Morning Musings #8 October 2021

Good Morning, Musing Readers! I hope that you have enjoyed the many gifts that the season of fal...
Morning Musings #7 || September 2021

Morning Musings #7 || September 2021

Good Morning Friends! It's back-to-school szn and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils is in t...
Morning Musings #6 / July 2021

Morning Musings #6 / July 2021

Artists of the Month Mickalene Thomas How much do I love Mickalene Thomas? Let me count the wa...
Morning Musings #5 / June 2021

Morning Musings #5 / June 2021

Greetings A-L-P Friends! Summertime is upon us and there are a lot of exciting developments in t...
Morning Musings #4 // May 2021

Morning Musings #4 // May 2021

Greetings A-L-P Friends! Summertime is upon us and there are a lot of exciting developments in t...
Morning Musings #3 // April 2021

Morning Musings #3 // April 2021

Happy Spring A-L-P Friends! It's the third installment of Morning Musings with Berry, and I've g...