10 Summer Arts Programs You Should Know

Samantha Jacobs Performing Arts, Student Resources, Visual Arts, Writing

High school artists, it may be early in the new year, but it’s not too early to start thinking about summer arts programs. Most summer arts program application deadlines pop up in February or March and many require audition or portfolio submissions. So it’s time to get going! If you’re passionate about art, want to gain new skills and meet …

Just Leave Me Alone It’s Winter Break!

Elaine Pelz Art School, Getting Into College, High School, Parent/Educator, Student Resources, Visual Arts, Visual Arts

A Winter Break To-Do List for High School Visual Artists. Here’s a December dilemma: Winter break is just around the corner. That long-awaited time to relax is almost here. Ideally you can sleep in, hang out with friends, spend time shopping, or just chill to Adele’s latest. Time for a well deserved respite from your responsibilities, right? Yes, and no. …

6 Back To School Tips For High School Artists

Elaine Pelz Getting Into College, High School, Practical Advice, Student Resources, Visual Arts, Visual Arts

August means back to school and getting caught up with friends you’ve missed over the summer. If you are an artist it’s also about early morning studio classes and building your portfolio, in addition to the tests and homework. Instead of looking ahead with dread, consider making a plan to ensure you have the future you want and get the …

Art + Science Align for Space Artist Estevan Guzman

Marshall Ayers Art, Artist Profiles, Illustration, Visual Arts

Estevan Mykhail Guzman is an artist and animator at the Griffith Observatory, in Los Angeles, CA who self-identifies as a “space artist”. With such high interest all over the country in astronomy due to the recent solar eclipse, we wanted to know how he came to have such an usual job and what got him into this line of creative …

YoungArts: More Than A Competition

Caribay Franke Opportunities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Writing

Before my week spent observing the workshops and performances for winners of YoungArts Los Angeles, I knew of this program by reputation alone. I knew, for example, that it attracts some of the nation’s most promising young talent in the visual, literary, and performing arts. I also knew that after a week of master classes led by industry leaders, these …

Two Animators Talk About Careers, Art and Life

Marshall Ayers Animation, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Visual Arts

Leading parallel lives, animators Will Cuna and Drew Adams met in high school through the Ryman Arts program, but hadn’t caught up with each other for almost 10 years. Both were trained at CalArts and have both gone on to successful careers – one at DreamWorks the other at Disney. Will is originally from the Philippines, but grew up in …

Top 4 Skills for Aspiring Artists to Enhance Your Versatility

Hannah Whittenly Career Advice, Getting Started, Visual Arts

The starving artist. It’s as cliché, and so is the “crazy artist” (think Van Gogh and that missing ear). None of these myths need to be the truth about working artists. The fact is that artists can and do make a living with their artistic skills. This is because many of them don’t just think in terms of pencils and …

Find Your Audience With The Artists’ Platform

Caribay Franke Opportunities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Looking for a platform to showcase your creative work? The Artists’ Platform (TAP) has arrived. Fresh off of its debut showcase, TAP is ready to pick up the momentum with a jam-packed season of dance, music, literature, and visual art. The best part is… you can join in on the action.  As the name suggests, this LA-based company provides a platform …