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Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Learn to Draw From My Imagination?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

To successfully draw from your imagination, you have to be skilled in drawing from direct observation. I am appalled that so few art students draw from life nowadays.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Study to Become a Professional Artist on My Own?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

At an individual level, there are a number of initiatives you can take to begin to train yourself. Most importantly, you have to invest many hours of daily practice over a period of several years.

Ask The Art Professor: Can A Math Teacher Become An Art Teacher?

Clara Lieu | Posted 12.12.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Initiate your career change by building your own history as a working artist. Collect your own tricks of the trade, and share those experiences with your students. Inhabiting both roles as artist and teacher will enrich your art students beyond measure.

Ask the Art Professor: How do I Get Started Making My Art Again?

Clara Lieu | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The most important priority at this stage for you is to simply get started with the actual hands-on process of making artwork. Getting started can actually be the most difficult part of the creative process if you haven't been working for a long period of time.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Make the Transition to Teaching Art at the College Level?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Today, saying you want to be a full-time art professor is basically like saying you want to be an A-list movie star.

Ask the Art Professor: Is the Internet Necessary to be a Successful Artist?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Think about it this way: if you don't use the Internet to promote your art, what would you use? Print media?

Badass Latina Visual Artist Celebrates Pussy Power in Philly

Tanisha L. Ramirez | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Tanisha L. Ramirez

It's not every day that you see the f-bomb prominently displayed in an art gallery, but if you're walking into the Iconography of Meaning exhibit at the Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, you'd better prepared to see the f-word and then some.

Ask the Art Professor: What Can a Painting Student Do to Be Relevant in a Digital World?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The digital world we live in has created a common misconception that incorporating digital media into your artwork is imperative to be relevant as an artist today. Actually, there are many contemporary artists out there working in traditional, hands-on processes who are very successful.

Ask the Art Professor: Should I Pursue a Career in Fine Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The prevailing piece of advice that I give to my students when they worry (which is all the time) about a career in fine arts is this: no matter what happens, don't live your life with a sense of regret.

Ask the Art Professor: Should I Drop Out of Art School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"If I transfer somewhere else, can I expect that teachers will actually have something to teach? That I won't just be shown YouTube videos? Should I just drop out and educate myself through the Internet?"

Ask the Art Professor: To What Extent Do Grades Define an Academic Career in Visual Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When viewed as a challenge or barometer for progress, grades can make a positive contribution to your overall experience in art school.

Ask the Art Professor: What Is the Best Way to Practice My Drawing Skills?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Drawing is a highly complex beast which involves so many different elements at the various skill levels. Rather than get into all of those details, I'm going to boil it down to four fundamental directives that will help improve your drawing skills across all skill levels and media.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Prepare Myself for the Reality of the Future?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Devote the majority of your attention to the present. Your time in art school is incredibly precious. Relish and soak in everything around you. Rarely will you have another opportunity to work on your art, uninterrupted, for such an extended period of time.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Choose a Field for Graduate School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

While a school may ask you to choose a specific field, the truth is that many professional artists work fluidly in a number of fields.

Ask the Art Professor: Where Do I Start?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Think about your sketchbook as the ultimate resource for ideas and visuals; it should reflect the inner workings of your mind.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Help My Daughter Reach Her Potential in Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"My daughter is 14 and has not had any training but we think she has talent. What advice would you give for helping guide us to help her reach her potential in art?"

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Know When to Stop Working?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

In my experience, being 100-percent happy with a work is so incredibly rare that it's not a goal that I even strive for. When I reflect upon my past works, there is always something that I'm not totally satisfied with.

Ask the Art Professor: 7 Tips for Surviving Art School

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When I was a student at art school, I was so involved with making my work day to day that I wasn't able to see the big picture and figure out how to get the most out of my experience. Now that I've been on both sides of the fence as a student and professor, I'd like to offer seven practical tips to students in art school.

Ask the Art Professor: Is Drawing an Innate Talent or a Craft?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Personally, I believe that natural talent exists. At the same time though, all of the talent in the world won't get you anywhere if you aren't willing to work hard, push your boundaries, and try new approaches.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can an Artist Overcome Their Financial Issues?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Living in a smaller city may not be as glamorous, but you're much more likely to be able to afford a studio space that you are actually putting to good use.

That's Not Art: NoseGO(es)

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Sofiya Ballin

Yis "NoseGo" Goodwin is one of Philadelphia's most talked about artists to ever grab a paint brush or a can of spray paint. Nosego's work takes an ambidextrous approach to experimenting with different styles and putting them in one piece.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Stay Motivated After School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Learning how to motivate and pace yourself after school is a major adjustment and challenge. There are no more prompts, no more requirements, no one checking in on you. Without this framework, many recent graduates find themselves at a loss for what to do.

Ask the Art Professor: Advice for Young Graduates

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Most art students go through immense culture shock when they transition from art school into the "real world." Going from being intensely saturated with artistic activity and other artists to almost nothing can be incredibly depressing and difficult to deal with.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Get Into Art Exhibitions?

Clara Lieu | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When I was at the very beginning of my career I had no exhibition history to speak of, so I had to start somewhere.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Socialize in the Art World?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

There is no artist out there who can build a career on their own. You have to construct a solid network that is supportive of you and have key people who are positioned to help you advance your career.