A. A. Schorsch Art Education

A. A. Schorsch Art Education

To nurture individual creative spirits in the discovery, expression, and visual communication of the “Every child is an artist. On Teaching Art by A. A.

The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

To celebrate and share Art Education (the processes, final products/artwork & philosophies) which expand upon the innate curiosity of youth in nurturing individual creative spirits in discovering, expressing, and communicating their inner voice visually. Schorsch ©

To teach, not only art fundamentals—the Elements of Art,


Welcome to the home of A. A. Schorsch Art Education! Here you will find galleries of student art with details on the inspiration behind our inquiry-based art—on how our art communicates our "visual voice" (our thoughts, ideas, and feelings), and how it relates to the world and other areas of learning (history, science, mathematics, language arts, and the social sciences), as well as, information on exhibition and art-making events.

A little about your art teacher...

I am a painter, stone sculptor, digital artist, and photographer; my artwork is about the journey and creating through joy. I hail from Chicago but have lived in many places including Colorado, Wyoming, Georgia, Florida and Virginia/Washington, DC and have explored almost all of the others states traveling the back roads with my son, as well as, Europe, Mexico, and Canada.

The interaction with students and exchange of ideas fuels my passion for teaching. In my experience teaching all age students (PK through adults), ALL are brilliant (EACH AND EVERY ONE!), in their own way; this brilliance translates into dynamically diverse, visually exciting, inspiring art! As the art-creating facilitator, I am grateful for the opportunity to share the art-communicating process, as well as, learn from and be inspired by ALL the children I have the honor to teach!

Art Class has one founding rule: BE KIND! in thought, speech, and action/behavior to others (AND ONESELF!) And, one founding principle: CREATE THROUGH JOY with an open, inquisitive mind-set!

Visual Art is simply a form of communication—instead of using words (as in speech or writing) or sounds in music, we use images...lines, shapes, colors, value, textures, form and space...to communicate. In this capacity WE ARE ALL ARTISTS!—if we don't create our art our visual voice simply is "unheard" and our art left unmade for no one else can make OUR art!

All the skills of art ARE LEARNED. Artists are like magicians and use "tricks" to create "illusions" and effects to communicate ideas and feelings; these "tricks" are simply tools and each individual student artist ultimately chooses how to use these tricks to communicate and express their ideas. The goal of art is for it to be uniquely expressive of the individual. When art is exhibited, students should be able to easily identify their own from the masses for just as the patterns on our hands are uniquely our own, so too should our art be uniquely our own in concept and imagery.

Cheers to Happy Art-Creating! Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or to simply positively rave about your awesome student-artist!

I love sharing my passion for communicating and expressing through the visual arts with students of all ages!

Alison A. Schorsch
Visual Artist/Art Educator
Founder, Tapping Your Inner Creative™

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Digital Composition: A. A. Schorsch Art
Art Installation: Nike Savvas - Atomic: Full of Love, Full of Wonder


The Artist's Perspective
A. A. Schorsch Art
Digital Composition, 2016


I Could Do That | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

'Open yourself up to a wider appreciation of art by asking (instead), "WHY did they do that?!"'

The seemingly simplistic lines and marks, colors and shapes have an expressive, emotional component that has value in and of itself. Our mark, a line drawn upon a surface, is the most visceral, "see-able" representation of our unique energy. It contains within it our energy in the moment it was made: it can be bold, heavy, striking, forceful, formidable, demanding, maybe angry; or it can soft, gentle, ethereal, loving, receptive, a whisper.

The key is to take a moment and "feel into" a work of art; let go of the "thinking" often analyzing, judging mind which compares what we see measuring it against a preset societal standard based on what others think and value, or comparing it based on how accurately, outwardly it represents something as we know it to be in the "real world," and let YOUR senses and heart feel and interpret the energy and meaning behind the sometimes seemingly simplistic marks and colors, shapes and forms. I guarantee you that, YOUR interpretation, will yield an ultimately more complex feeling response and visceral understanding, and, not only will YOU expand in the process but so will your understanding and view of what is art.


So you look at a work of art and think to yourself, I could have done that. And maybe you really could have, but the issue here is more complex than that -- ...


Student Gallery: Elementary Art (K-5th gr.)


Illustrating the Elements of Art: Line
Sketchbook Pages, 1st gr.


Student Gallery: Observational Drawing ~ Cow Skull 7-8 grade, 2006

Left: quick sketches; Right: long drawing; charcoal on paper, 2006

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Student Gallery: Illustrating the Elements of Art, 1st gr., Form & Space:

Sketchbook Pages, 1st grade, quick sketches of: M.C. Escher's, "Eye" (1946 Mezotint) illustrating the use of Value to create the illusion of Form (3D) on a 2D surface; and, Henry Moore's Reclining Figures illustrating the use of shape to draw and delineate positive and negative space in sculpture.

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Student Gallery: Abstract Sculpture, K-2nd gr., 2011 (Garner ES)

Left: in-progress;
Right (top): kindergarten, armature & base (nylon, wire, wood);
Right (bottom): art room with fallen tree sculpture fodder (Yes, I cut it all myself with Will's help. During a storm a large tree in the school courtyard fell on one of the 4th grade rooms; thankfully, no one was hurt; I saw this unfortunate event as an opportunity for free sculpture material. Maintenance deposited the tree in the open space behind the school; my son Will and I spent the following Saturday and Sunday cutting branches with hand saws (crazy, yes).

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Student Gallery: Figure Drawing - Charcoal Portraits, 7-8th gr., 2007
Intermediate Art; Oasis Charter Middle School, Cape Coral, FL
Art Educator: A. A. Schorsch Art


Student Gallery: Middle School Art (6-8th gr.)


Student Gallery: High School Art (9-12th gr.)


A. A. Schorsch Art Education: Yearbook
Archbishop Carroll HS, 2012
Graphic Design: A. A. Schorsch Art
Photography: Sean Courtemanche

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