Art Connects Us Art School

Drawing, painting, sculpture, pastels, children's book illustration, comics and comic books training and education for children, teens and adults

The Power of the Mask Workshop
Amy Dixon Watson is at Art Connects Us Art School.
December 7 at 8:46 AM ยท Mount Pleasant, SC

What a powerful, inspiring workshop yesterday creating personal masks! Amazing how art therapy invites the subconscious to come mask emerged from split places of past pain & growth to a sea woman free & flowing. ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŽจ

Leila-Rose drawing a dragon while studio supervisor Zoot watches. Saya with her bird drawing and Owen wrestles with the drawing machine.

Moyu drawing a small dinosaur and her drawing of a conch shell.

Megan hard at work on a still life set-up, plus a shot of her sketchbook. The dog was painted with tea!

Here is our little Hope knocking it out of the park again. Good work, Hope!

Thank you Elaine Swain, LMSW for inviting me to do an art therapy workshop last week for your incredible social workers who work with homeless youth in Berkeley County School District.

Look closely at the shadows cast by the fruit in the still life Hope is working on. You can see the color reflected from the objects in the shadows they cast on the surface of the box. She is becoming an amazing little artist.

The three day art therapy workshop in Newcastle, Australia was amazing! This was for the leaders of ADRA Australia to meet specific goals for their organization. My beautiful daughter Anna, (MSW) arranged it all including a fabulous room to create art right on the beach.

Our art therapy workshop in Macauarie Fields Center in Australia was a great success! Thank you Anna and Melissa for making this happen!

A fun class with mother and daughter sharing the joys of drawing. And introduction to shape/form followed by value scales and they're off to the races!

Parker at The Drawing Machine. This incredibly sophisticated device creates the illusion you are touching what you're drawing with the tip of your pen. Once you copy what you're seeing through the glass, you immediately go to paper and draw the same object again, keeping in mind the sensation of touching what you see with your pen. This technical triumph of mechanical whiz-bangery was introduced to me by the venerable Dr. Wiggs at USL when I took a sculpture class from him. I was finally able to reproduce this device after a protracted battle with the US patent office and burning through a family fortune, so let me now offer this machine with it's Promethean promise to an eager world desperate to draw better. Seriously, it works. Combine this with contour and blind contour drawing daily and you'll be another Alan Lee.

Hard at work with an able assist from Zootimus.

Violet finishes up her comic strip under the watchful eye of our studio assistant, Zoot.

Moyu has finished up her sculpture of The Tortoise and the Hare, the twist being Hare has Tortoise training him on a treadmill!

Mia Lassiter, a former student of ours who came to us for art and elements of fashion design, has been selected for a show at the Charleston County Library Saul Bellow's Gallery. She is currently studying Fashion and Costume design at the School of the Arts. Good goin', Mia!

Congratulations to our 10 year-old art student Jeff, for getting accepted into the Charleston County School District's Artistically Gifted and Talented program. Way to go Jeff!

Look at the work of a 6 years old student we have. Wonderful...

Our Art Connects Art School has started and we're having a blast! There are a few more spots left. If interested, call 843.870.7236

By following the outline of her drawing with coat hanger wire, we made an armature that looks just like our student's drawing of a jaguar. After the paper is all built up, she'll put the Celluclay on and paint it.

Two of my little five and a half year olds today.....The precious little girl on the left has been working with me for a couple of years. She declared after starting the piece, "This is called Masterpiece!" And then she said, "It's called God!" Masterpiece and God......kinda the same hunh? Out of the mouth of babes! And my new student on the right insisted on sharing a video- I'll post it next. And, to think I get paid for this! How blessed am I to get to wake up every day doing what I LOVE!

The River of the Deadly Frogs

Our little student works on her painting, River of the Deadly Frogs.

Two of my little five and a half year olds today.....The precious little girl on the left has been working with me for a couple of years. She declared after starting the piece, "This is called Masterpiece!" And then she said, "It's called God!" Masterpiece and God......kinda the same hunh? Out of the mouth of babes! And my new student on the right insisted on sharing a video- I'll post it next. And, to think I get paid for this! How blessed am I to get to wake up every day doing what I LOVE!

As many of you know Laura De Le Maza and I helped create HeArts Mend Hearts after the Emmanuel Church, which provded free art therapy to the community for 6 months at the Charleston Library. Laura has started a new project where we are creating peace stones for the students and staff at the school in Florida where the shooting took place. Carolina Ilderton has opened her space to decorate these stones. We will meet this Sunday at The Practice Place at 209 Simmons Street in Mt. Pleasant from 1-3. No artistic talent needed, just hearts of love and compassion! Hope to see you there!

The Print and Pizza party was a great success. William polled our young participants and we received 4.7 out of 5 stars for the event. Our students made some great art, played some games during the yummy pizza break and went home with stacks of beautiful monoprints, tired and happy!

Hope has been working on a logo in art class for a new group she has formed to do community work. Just got printed on t-shirts. Here she is with a friend working at the beach.

Congratulations to our student Moyu Yamaguchi for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Moyu got into the Charleston School of the Arts last year.

Spring semester is going and we have great new work happening. Here Hope is drawing a chimp puppet we have in the studio.

Our fall semester art classes start August 17. We have already filled 39 out of 45 spots. If you're interested, please contact us asap to get into a class! We're very excited about all of our old and new students. Welcome everyone!

Summer is off to a great start, though a little damp! If you haven't signed up for summer classes yet, contact us for the info to schedule the classes you want when YOU want them- flexible scheduling for the summer makes it easy to get time for your child to keep making their art. Here are photos of some of what's fun

Summer classes are coming up quickly, so please get your paperwork in so we can create a schedule that accommodates your summer activities! Contact us for the contract, summer schedule and sample to help you fill it out.
Here is work from Margaret, Juliette and Jason from this past week.

Thank you to Jonathan Wright, Executive Director, Bridges for End-of-Life for inviting HeArts Mend Hearts to participate in their WHAT MATTERS MOST event at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park yesterday. Everyone had a great time creating Charleston Prayer Flags!

Everyone had a great time at our Prints and Pizza fun yesterday! And, they made some beautiful monoprints!

Just a reminder no class this coming week of Spring Break, but we have lots of fun planned with Monoprints and Pizza! Come join us.

Three weeks before we were supposed to move into our new house it caught fire. While it appears that we will have to gut the interior and start over, the outside is fine. We are grateful no one was hurt. We were just evicted from our apartment because the owners wanted to sell, so we have spent the last 2 weeks frantically moving everything into storage of one kind or another, and are in a little one bedroom a realtor friend has. The point of my post is not to complain, but share that our poor pussycats are staying in what is to be our art studio/school at the new house, and they need a home as we can't keep them there when the insurance company lets us start the renovation. You see here Zootimus, or Zoot (Siamese) and sidekick Sweetie (cow kitty). They are healthy indoor cats and would be heartbroken if they were separated. They are sweethearts even though most evidence points to the fact they are the pivot of the universe. Can someone help us with keeping our kitties while we provide food and medical care until we figure out what we can do to get them back permanently or even adopting our little buddies? Would you please send this post to everyone on your page? We would be very grateful. Thanks!

So let's check out today's work. Zoe (5) was creating a wonderful rendering of a toy dinosaur full of gesture and spot-on draughtsmanship. Little Hope (5) was knocking it out with her tiger as you can see from the shots here. I suspect she will be a marvelous artist as evidenced by the marginalia on her piece- see the close-up of her super doodles. Owen has made a huge leap understanding value with this rendering of a classic fruit n' bottle set-up and William was beavering away at character designs and page thumbnails for his new comic. What wonderful classes today!

Our students are busy making art! Siguri is busy with an owl in colored pencils, Megin is working on character designs for a comic book, Jason is drawing a lion model, Moyu is working on a pencil drawing and Christopher is doing character designs for an animation project


Our 15 year old student , Mia was first on the waiting list last year for SOA, but no one dropped out. Now, this conscientious, dedicated, hard-working young lady has labored diligently over the last year to produce another impressive portfolio for her SOA audition. I can only imagine what our world would be like if everyone had this kind of tenacity and dedication.

Chris, age 13, has his sights set on being an animator, and it is interesting to see his style emerging as he works diligently at his life drawing, here the Big Boy bank that has served so many of our artists over the years.

This is one of our fifth grade students drawing a self-portrait and preparing a portfolio for The School of the Arts. Great job Meredith!

I guess it's official now that we have all the paperwork from Clemson University. Eric and I are teaching a sculpture class to graduate students in the new digital animation program here in the beautiful new building at the old Navy Base here in Charleston. We are so excited about this new position!

Are we having fun or what? This is one of our younger students doing a tissue paper collage. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Here are updates on some of our students and their projects!

Here are my beautiful little artists turning the crank; working from life. Strengthening their eye-hand coordination, developing an intuitive sense of volume and how forms occupy space and wrestling mean ol' Mr. Value to the ground and gettin' him in a head lock.

Karoline (age 13) just finished this beautiful rendering of one of our horse models. We use the white forms to allow the student to concentrate on value and not be distracted by color, which having value can be difficult to understand.

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