SUMMER 2017 RECAP!

Welcome to my new website! I'm thrilled to finally have everything in one place - my class info, shop & blog. This summer flew by! I loved teaching five sessions of "Let's Create...like the Masters!" this summer. I had so many sweet, creative students! We were inspired by four famous artists and I enjoyed learning more about them alongside my students. 

*We created our own collage jungle scenes, inspired by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) - a self-taught artist from France, who, despite much ridicule & negativity towards his paintings, never gave up. Thank goodness he continued painting, even when the “experts” told him not to - His paintings can now be seen in museums all over the world! 

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*We drew & painted colorful mixed-media cupcakes, inspired by Wayne Thiebaud (1920 - ) an American artist who is still living (age 96). He has contributed so much fun & color to the art world with his “pop art” style of everyday objects - cakes, desserts, toys, etc. His works are in museums all over the country! 

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*We answered the question, “What would I look like if I was a cartoon character?” to create our own “cartoon” self-portrait in the style of American pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). We used vibrant tempera paint sticks to add color! We learned that he enjoyed hiding cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse & Bugs Bunny into his abstract works :) His work can be seen around the world as well! 

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*We painted our own landscape painting, inspired by Impressionist artist from France, Claude Monet (1840-1926). His works have and will continue to inspire millions each year all over the world. We loved making values of blues & greens by adding white & black. Our brushes “hopped, tapped & dabbed to create strokes like the Impressionist painters.

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We are now three weeks into the new school year and my after school lessons have begun! I am looking forward to providing weekly creative opportunities to my students! Check back soon for more updates from Alisa Nelson Studio :)

Happy Creating,

Alisa 

Spring Updates!

Happy Spring! It's just unbelievable how fast this school year has flown, but I guess we always say that. It seems we are all amazed by time - how fast it seems but also how slow.  March was Vincent van Gogh's birthday month so we spent several weeks learning more about him & being inspired by his amazing work. It was fascinating (& tragic) to learn that he passed away not knowing the value of his work. We learned that in his short 10 year painting 'career' he painted over 2,100 paintings but sold only 1. He passed away at the young age of 37 :( My students did an amazing job of creating their own van Gogh inspired flower paintings.

Summer is weeks away! This will be my 5th summer to offer "Let's Create...like the Masters!' art camps & I can't wait! There are only three spots remaining across the five sessions, so register soon! See the "Let's Create 2017" tab for all the info! I am offering a $20 off discount if you register by May 25th!

Also thinking ahead to the upcoming 2017-2018 school year -- I have just updated all the information for my 2017-2018 school year art lessons - I will be offering 5 classes -- a homeschool class & four after school classes. Click on  the "Art Lessons" tab for all the info. Registration opens May 1st! 

Last month I had the privilege of hanging some of my work in the "Patriarch" craft beer lounge in downtown Edmond! I have been quite busy painting & feeling out the rough patches & wonderful patches of being an artist. It is a constant learning journey, one of which I am thankful to be on. All of my paintings can be found on my Etsy shop -- alisanelsonstudio.etsy.com including many new ones! 

I have been reading Brene Brown's book, "Gifts of Imperfection." Such an inspiring read. I especially loved the chapter on Cultivating Creativity. One quote that stood out to me -- "If creativity is seen as a luxury or something we do when we have spare time, it will never be cultivated...When I make creating a priority, everything in my life works better." Love that...and I find it to be so true. Perhaps that is one of the many reasons I love teaching art lessons to children. They don't have to be told to make time for creativity. They just do it - naturally and freely, without reservation. Oh, to be more like them!! :)

Happy Creating!

February is Here!

Time for an update!! January quickly passed us by and somehow we are already into February of the 2016/17 school year! Only three more months with my sweet artists and summer camps will be here before we know it! I have so much to share! In January I began my 5th year owning & operating Alisa Nelson Studio. I absolutely LOVE what I do - getting to share art with others is so much fun and five years ago I never would have imagined it looking like this. I began this semester with my largest student enrollment so far - 4 classes of 33 students. Plus my daughter, who loves art (I hope it sticks! :))  I currently have one opening in my Thursday, 4:15-5:15 class! Contact me asap if you are interested. Also, be on the lookout for 2017 "Let's Create! like the Masters" Summer Art Camps info. I will post dates by the end of the month and enrollment will begin March 1. Yay!! 

Last month we were inspired by Grandma Moses' wonderful art. She didn't begin painting until she was 70, and painted over 1,500 paintings from that time until she passed at age 101! That sure does take all excuses away on trying something new, doesn't it!? I loved several things that she said - "Anyone can paint!" She is definitely a testament to that. She also said, "Paint what you know." You can see that in her amazing story-type landscapes. My students & I agreed that it felt as if you could hop into one of her paintings & interact with the characters & scenes. She also said, "Everyone has something inside to give." Thank you, Grandma Moses, for what you gave to the art community. 

January also included the 2017 Statewide Youth Impressions Juried Art Show, put on each year by the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond. I love having my students participate in this show and share their art with the community. Together we entered 23 wonderful pieces of art, and several of my artists brought home ribbons. 

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Last but not least, Alisa Nelson Studio has been announced as a finalist in the Metro Family, 2017 Family Favorites for art studio/art lessons! I am still blown away by this, but thrilled to be recognized, especially next to the OKC Museum of Art & the FAI, both amazing contributors of art to our city!! 

http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/familyfavorites/

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As an artist, I have been working on several new paintings for my Etsy shop. I will be posting them later this week! I have been working through the muddle of "painters block" and lack of motivation. It's hard to make yourself do something even when you don't feel like it, and believe it or not, sometimes I don't feel like painting. But reading about Grandma Moses really inspired me, as well as working through the book, "Making Art a Practice" by Cat Bennett. "Who knows what will happen or what we inspire with our art? We do not get to see the whole story, ever. We simply offer our art and ourselves...We have something of value to offer, and the world needs it." I thought of Grandma Moses as I read that. So thankful that she began painting and shared her value with the world, not knowing the whole story. Just like a cute art quote I've seen -- "the earth without art is just eh" -- SO true! :)

Happy Creating! 

December Happenings!

I think it's time for an update! There have been so many exciting things going on at Alisa Nelson Studio!

  • Due to increasing interest & a growing waitlist, I am opening a 4th class, beginning in January! The new class time will be Thursdays, 4:15-5:15. Click on the "Art Lessons" tab above for all the details! My other three classes are currently full & wait list only.
  • My Etsy shop is open & I recently added many new paintings -- go take a look! alisanelsonstudio.etsy.com screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-9-26-06-am
  • Andy & I hosted my first art show last week! I have learned that I work best with deadlines, so it was an exciting challenge to complete so many paintings for my show! I am enjoying working with bold color & experimenting with materials - my new favorites are aquabord, liquid gold leaf & wood panels. Combining realistic elements and abstract elements in the same paintings has become a favorite of mine - trees, lettering, movement of color with spraying & drips  - more of these things on the way! It's a joy to be finding my voice as an artist - I'm sure I will continue to discover & change & grow more and more as I take the time to paint each day. Being a creative is such a discipline - painting even when I don't feel like painting - this is a thing! Van Gogh once said, "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." I have found this to be SO true. Thank you for joining me on my creative journey!
  • September Update!

    "Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!" - Albert Einstein 

    Summer 2016 - I taught four "Let's Create -- Like the Masters!" summer art camps. Each group of artists was SO fun and SO creative! We were inspired by three famous artists, Hundertwasser, Matisse and Picasso. This was my first summer to offer classes for younger artists as well - I taught three "Pop-In for Art" classes for 5 & 6 year olds!

    Fall - My art classes have gotten off to a great start! I am looking forward to an awesome year with a sweet group of artists. I am teaching three classes, which are currently wait list only. Contact me to put your child on a wait list. I also have limited private lesson space available.

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    Etsy -- My shop is open! Please visit and keep me in mind for future art purchases for your home, business or gifts -- alisanelsonstudio.etsy.com

    Happy Creating!

    April ANS Updates!

    **Enrollment is open for "Let's Create!" 2016 summer camps! I look forward to my 4th summer creating with kiddos. Visit here for all the info & contact me to enroll. **I am offering 3 summer classes for ages 5-6. Visit here for that info.

    **Private lessons (space is limited) will be available through the summer - visit here for that info!

    **I have posted my 2016-2017 art lesson info, including the edition of a new class!  Visit here for all the info & contact me to enroll.

    **Alisa Nelson Studio is now Alisa Nelson Studio, LLC :)

    **I've been painting up a storm & I'm putting the final touches on my Etsy store -- be watching for the grand opening in the next few weeks.

     

     

     

     

    2016 is here!

    Happy New Year! I am excited about a clean "canvas" & all that this year will hold for Alisa Nelson Studio! I have recently added a few new items to my website - visit the above tabs for all the info! *A new elementary art class will begin in February - Tuesdays 6:15-7:15

    *I am now offering private lessons - space is limited.

    *Adult art classes are in the works, along with 2016 summer camp info!

    Thank you for visiting! Happy Creating :)

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    Enrollment Has Begun -- School Year Art Lessons!

    Hello Friends! It's that time of year again...time to start thinking about the school year that is ahead! ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN for the 2015-2016 school year ANS Art LessonsYippee! :)

    Find all the info by clicking on the Art Lessons tab above or here -- http://alisanelsonstudio.com/art-lessons/

    Register soon! I keep my class sizes small to create the best environment for creating & learning!

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    NOW ENROLLING! Summer 2015 "Let's Create!" Art Camps!

    Hi Friends! It's hard to believe but I am gearing up for summer around here! I am now enrolling for my 3rd summer of art camps! I have six camps scheduled for ages 5 to 13! All the info can be found on the Art Lessons / Let's Create tab (http://alisanelsonstudio.com/art-lessons/lets-create-summer-camps/) at the top of my website. Be sure and sign up early -- I keep my camps small to create the best enviroment for learning & creating! :)

    Have a great week!

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    Winter Happenings at ANS!

    January flew by & I can't believe we are halfway through February! January was packed with art fun around here!Some of my art students entered their work in the local "Juried Art Show," put on by the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond! Two of my students won ribbons with their pieces!

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    I was able to be an art student with my mom for 3 days! It was so much fun & we learned so much too! We went to a Robert Burridge workshop in Ft. Smith, AR. He was an amazing teacher, full of humor & endless artistic skill & techniques. We both walked away ready to lock ourselves in our studios & paint our hearts out!

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    IMG_0724I was so inspired when I returned home from the workshop that I did a little rearranging in my studio. I bought new tables for my art students & created this creative corner for myself - an area where my paints & paintings can stay out & ready whenever time permits & inspiration hits!IMG_0757

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    A quick update on my art classes - currently all 4 of my classes are full! I have a waitlist for each of my classes, so please let me know if you would like to be added & you will be the first to know if a spot becomes available. I will be posting information about my Summer Art Camps in early March! So be watching for that! Happy Creating!

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    Lettering & Thumbprint Trees!

    I am offering a new service! This summer I had two opportunities to address envelopes - a family wedding & a local hospital event. I've always enjoyed lettering but after doing these two projects, I realized just how much! I also loved drawing this thumbprint tree for the family wedding! 

    For more information and pricing on lettering or thumbprint trees, fill out my website's contact link or send me an email. These services will be on my upcoming Etsy store as well!

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    A Recap: "Let's Create!" art camps

    What a fantastic summer! It went by so fast though! I loved every minute of my "Let's Create!" summer art camps. I held four camps this summer, 2 in June & 2 in July. They all were so successful & fun, filled with such sweet & creative kids. My creative juices are already flowing, thinking about next summer's camps! And I am gearing up to begin my school year art lessons next week! Looking forward to that! :) Enjoy some photos from our summer art fun...

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    'Let's Create!' Summer Art Camps!

    **Due to so much interest, I have added a fourth camp! Visit my "Let's Create!" tab for all the info -- http://alisanelsonstudio.com/art-lessons/lets-create-summer-camps/

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    It's hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner! I am looking forward to teaching "Let's Create!" art camps again this year! I am offering three different camp times - two in June and one in July. Students will come to my art classroom for 3 days, 2 1/2 hours each day. Our time will be filled with creating and learning about art! Painting, drawing, creating portfolios, and doing projects reflecting styles and techniques of famous artists are just a few of the activities we will do! Each day we will have a short break with snacks and games. At the end of camp students will take home a portfolio packed with their creations.

    Look under my 'Art Lessons' tab and click on the 'Let's Create!' tab to find all the information. Receive $20 off tuition when you sign your child up between now & May 10th! If your child is going to be in Kindergarten through 5th grade and loves art, one of my camps may be the perfect way to help them stay creative this summer!

    A Painting Birthday Party!

    I've been wanting to try a painting birthday party for a while. My son turning 7 was the perfect reason to do my first one. He loves Thunder basketball so our theme was easy to come by! We painted in my studio, had cake & opened presents. The kids did amazing on their paintings & had an extra special party favor to take home :) We had a great time! DSC_0715

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    Studio Update!

    I stocked up at Ikea over Christmas break to give my studio & classroom a lift. It was in need of some better storage pieces, new student chairs, a chair for me & a few other odds & ends. It's amazing what a few changes can do. I can already tell a huge difference in space & feel of the room! I am loving it!! All of my studio pics are accessible on the "My Studio & Classroom" tab.Image

    My Latest Paintings!

    The month of October was filled with ART! Yay! October is already one of my favorite months of the year, but then to add several painting projects to it, well that makes it even better! I was asked to do 2 different commissioned paintings, both an honor & a challenge! The First - An acrylic painting of a wedding dress. My friend & neighbor, Julie, had seen a dress painting in the background of a movie set, which gave her the vision to have one painted for her own home. She picked out the color palette & loaned me a photo of her wedding dress, & I got to work! I never had realized how difficult painting a dress could be - getting the proportions right on the neckline, bodice & length was a fun challenge! 24x36 Acrylic ©2013AlisaNelsonStudio

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    The Second - A watercolor/ink for Michael Armstrong's office at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, OK. He has been a meteorologist for years & recently made a career change into the ministry. He & his lovely wife asked for a watercolor painting of a storm with the verses, Matthew 8:26 & Isaiah 60:20. The storm was quite the challenge but it was awesome to watch it come to life! 24x36 watercolor/ink ©2013 AlisaNelsonStudio

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    Art for the DSACO!

    Phil413wcinkMy sweet friend Jamie, whom I've known since we moved to OKC in 2002, asked me if I would be interested in doing a watercolor/ink painting to help raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma! I was thrilled to say yes, as I know the DSACO provides support & resources to many families right here in the OKC area! I painted an original 5x7 watercolor/ink of Philippians 4:13, which is their son, Josh's, life verse. You can purchase a print of the painting for $15. $10 of every print sold will go straight to DSACO! Think about purchasing one for yourself or for a future birthday or Christmas gift -- it IS just around the corner! :) Each print will be printed on high quality, linen paper & will come in a clear, protective envelope, ready to frame or give as a gift.

    There are 3 ways to purchase - use the PayPal button at the bottom of this post, contact Jamie & pay her, or contact me & pay me. Sales will begin today & end on October 13th. After the sales period has ended, we will do all the printing & shipping of the prints. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Jamie. Josh & the DSACO thank you for your support!

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    photo credit - Legacy 49 Photography

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    New Painting!

    GreenCirclesPaintingOver Labor Day weekend I had some time to step away from commissions & art lesson planning...so I painted this for our living room! It has been in my head for a while, along with the canvas, which has been sitting in my studio for months. I am really into green these days...especially lime green...and circles...and painting abstracts! I find it so freeing & I love to just let my brush take me where it wants to go. I am really pleased with how this one turned out! ©2013AlisaNelsonStudio - 33x44 Acrylic on canvas

    If you are interested in this painting or having a commission piece done for your home, please use my contact tab to get in touch with me!

    "Let's Create!" Art Camp

    This was my first summer to host & teach two summer art camps! They were both a huge success! I had a great time creating with some very sweet & talented kiddos! I am gearing up for fall art lessons, which will begin September 3rd! Enrollment has begun & my classes are already half full, so if you are interested in enrolling your child, contact me soon!

    Click on the Art Lessons tab for all the info!

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    Helping Oklahoma

    **UPDATE - JUNE 13, 2013**

    I just got off the phone with PayPal - they agreed to remove all the transaction fees (it was 74 cents per print) from my Tornado relief watercolor print sales...so that's even more to donate!! I will be donating over $800 to Life Church OKC "Relief & Restoration" fund this weekend! Thanks again for all your orders & support! And thanks to PayPal & FedEx Office (donated all my printing) for their generous donations as well!

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    On May 20, 2013, a horrific tornado went through Moore, OK, causing death, injury & loss. Other tornadoes also occurred causing devastation to multiple OK communities. We are all feeling heavy-hearted here in Oklahoma, and wondering what we can do to help. Here is a just a small way I am hoping my art can help. I am selling prints of this 5x7 watercolor/ink for $15. ALL proceeds will go to the Moore, OK tornado disaster relief through our church (Life Church, OKC Campus) Relief & Restoration efforts. Read more about this at http://www.lifechurch.tv/relief  I have chosen to give the funds to our church, because I have great confidence in their handling of finances. I know the money will be used most effectively, to help the tornado victims in Moore & surrounding OK communities (Shawnee, Carney, Newcastle, etc.)

    I watched the Moore tornado in its' entirety on tv - from formation until it stopped. It was very emotional to know that this destruction was occurring 20 miles from me while I was sitting comfortably in my home. I started thinking of what I could do to help. So on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the tornado outbreaks, I painted this. I chose gray & blue to signify the storm. I chose this verse because in times of suffering it is powerful to think upon the Lord's return & His control over everything, especially the things we don't understand.

    The watercolor/ink print is size 5x7 & printed on high quality, acid-free paper. It comes in a clear, protective envelope, ready to frame or give as a gift.

    The 'Buy Now' button below will allow you to purchase through PayPal. If you live near me & don't want to use PayPal, or if you prefer mailing me a check, you can do that too! Just email me at alisa@alisanelsonstudio.com or message me on FB - facebook.com/alisanelsonstudio. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks to get your print. Again, I will donate ALL sales from this print to the OK tornado victims.

    Thank you for your generosity!