Student works from Spring 2018

Spring semester is underway, and my students are already hard working on their midterm projects. I am posting a few from the first month of class focusing on the Design Principles and understanding line and shape in a grid. 

The project is called 5X5. Students had to create a grid using 25 squares. In those 25 squares they had to incorporate line and shape using the Principles of Design as a Guide. Some students followed the grid throughout their whole piece, while others broke the grid to create a new design piece within. This assignment is a great for non art majors and art majors as it pushes the way they see line and shape in a project so that they can see beyond the grid.

18X24″, 5X5, 2018, media pastels, sharpie, and color pencils
18X24″, 5X5, 2018, Sharpie and Marker
18X24″, 5X5, charcoal, color pencil, and pastel, 2018

Drawing from Adult Education

Teaching is one of my main passions in art. I have had an opportunity to teach drawing classes to older adults this past fall. Some students came in with experience and others came in wanting to learn how to draw for the first time ever. To say the least, the excitement those students had for the class was awesome! 

Here are a couple of their pieces they did during my course for five weeks:

  A drawing the students work on at Picasso Coffee Shop in Main Street St. Charles, MO.


 . A series of contour line leaves study.

 Another series of contour line leaves study.

 Drawing from the backyard of creator’s house, focusing on emphasis and value.

Motion in Art and Design

Engaging students in new media technologies in art and design bring awareness to what tools they can use to convey a message to the mass media. In Drawing 1, I challenge students to create a stop motion animation focusing on the environment the ocean. They could use any media to create their stop-motion animation. 

Here are some examples of there gifs:

 Courtney, Drawing 1, Pastel, Charcoal, Sand, Shell, Adobe Photoshop, 2017

 Miguel, Drawing 1, Charcoal, Graphite, Adobe Photoshop, 2017

Art Exhibitions!!

Cold windy day in the Midwest means more time to apply for different opportunities around the country. As I get ready to send work to Kansas City for a MAPS Juried Show from December 4th-January 29th I get excited to be apart of these events. Art Exhibitions are a great time to network meet fellow artist and peers in the community. So if you are a practicing artist apply you will never know what will happen until you do.

Rolling Hills Soft Pastel 19X27"
Rolling Hills
Soft Pastel

Art Prize is underway!

Fans if you are up in Grand Rapids, MI go participate in Art Prize 7! Vote for your favorite art piece around the city of Grand Rapids. My piece “Freedom T/C” is up there at O’Toole’s Public House. Here’s the link to the official page:

So please take some time to go out vote and see some awesome art.

Opportunities and Art Prize!

Amazing how quickly the year has gone by so far! I will be exhibiting my work at Art Prize 7 in Grand Rapids starting next week! So if you are up in Grand Rapids do take the time to see my piece! Here is the website for more information:

Along with that exciting news I will also be published in Artist to Look Out For Volume II by Starry Night Retreat. I am thrilled to be apart of this opportunity, and as soon as the book is available for purchase I will post it on this page! So be on the look out for that post.

As I close out this post today I share a couple of pieces I did at my art residency in New York this past year in August! It was an amazing opportunity and I am glad I went up there. The people and the inspiration of the landscape helped my creativity grow.

The inspiration of the landscape and clouds.
The inspiration of the landscape and clouds.
My studio wall at the residency! Very happy with the progress in my work.
My studio wall at the residency! Very happy with the progress in my work.

Can not wait to share my new works on my personal portfolio page soon!

Art Prize 7

Freedom T/C10X8" Soft Pastel
Freedom T/C10X8″ Soft Pastel

As we are heading into August I wanted to announce that I will be apart of Art Prize 7 in Grand Rapids, MI this September-October. I am very excited to be apart of this opportunity and I hope everyone will take a chance to come up and see the sites! Here is my page  It’s nice that my T/C Freedom will have a chance to be showcase again. Hope to see you all there!

Studio time

The start of summer, means a chance to get back into the art studio fully for time to reflect, repurpose, and creative. It’s nice to get back into the daily routine of working in the studio and creating new works and series for the world to create.

Along with creating this summer I will be writing up proposals for new art exhibitions and grants to help further myself as an artist! I have made some limited editions pieces that I am selling for $25 a piece that will be put up on my shop page this week, in case anyone is interested in purchasing some original art work!

I will be posting some new works in the coming weeks, but to give you a chance to see some of my art pieces follow me on Instagram!

I have a couple of works in progress up on my page.

So please follow me on Instagram and stay tune for new ideas coming soon!

photo work done by Brandi Rayborn
“Reflections of Drip”, Acrylic, 10X10″ photo work done by Brandi Rayborn