• The Atlanta Printmakers Studio - Print Big!

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Print Big!

    at BINDERS Limelight Gallery

    Print BigPrint Big

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio began in 2005 as a group of people passionate about printmaking, community, and collaboration who wanted to pool together to create an organization.

    APS is a non-profit community art center that offers print shop access, critical exchange, and collaborative opportunities between artists, as well as a number of educational events, workshops, and exhibitions. APS has made it their mission to nurture the practice of printmaking as an original art form among professional artists and anyone who wants to learn.

    Print Big! Their annual steamroller printmaking event started in 2010 as a way to collaborate on a common goal at a large scale. The event brings together a lot of different groups in the art community, including those unfamiliar with printmaking.

    Print Big! is held outdoors at APS and a steamroller is used as a printing press to roll over the woodcuts. The resulting prints are gigantic in size and amazing to look at. The event also serves as a lively exchange – bringing together volunteers, artists, and community members from across Georgia, as well as arts organizations like Hammonds House Museum, WonderRoot, Abernathy Arts Center, and Southwest Arts Center.

    The unusualness of the event, making 8” x 4” foot prints with a steamroller gets a lot of folk’s attention. Each organization spends two to three months planning and carving the blocks before arriving for the massive, day-long event. Each group will print three times during the event and APS supplies the fabric and ink with over fifty volunteers helping for the day.

    After the event each group keeps one of the prints and APS keeps two, one for their archives and the other for their annual art auction.

    Big Print Event April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Last year APS had 10 groups participating in Print Big! including our own Atlanta Printmakers Studio members, Kennesaw State University, Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, University of West Georgia, Sunday Southern Arts Revival, North Atlanta High School, and Shiloh High School.

    The event revolves around a theme. For the past few years APS has focused on literacy and southern stories. APS tries to keep the themes somewhat broad so that each group has a lot of room for interpretation. Some of the results have been a portrait of the writer W.E.B. DuBois and Gutenberg and the revolutionary invention of movable type.

    It’s a printmaking extravaganza! APS has tours of the studio, demonstrations, guest artists, and they offer smaller portable presses for kids to use. They also print t-shirts on their etching press and have a food truck on site. In the past live music, poetry readings, and a photo booth have been incorporated.

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio is a pillar in the Atlanta arts community and the success of Print Big! represents the interest and relevancy of the medium. Bringing different groups from high schools and Georgia colleges has exposed students to opportunities for internships, exhibitions, our artist-in-residence program, and classes and workshops. APS is committed to nurturing the next generation of printmakers.

    Big Print Event April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Print Big! 2014 will be the 5th anniversary of APS’s most exciting community event and they’re doing something extra special to celebrate. To help make 2014 the biggest and best Print Big! yet, APS is inviting 20 different groups to take part in making a 4’ x 4’ block.

    APS will team up two schools/groups to work together to create a print. Each team will carve one 4’ x 4’ foot block. The theme is OPPOSITES ATTRACT so think contradiction, paradox, duality, opposition or collaboration.

    Date: Saturday April 12, 2014

    Here is the list on the Print Big! participating groups for 2014:

    1. Atlanta Printmakers Studio
    2. SCAD-Atlanta
    3. SCAD-Savannah
    4. Kennesaw State University
    5. University of West Georgia
    6. Paideia School
    7. Clark Atlanta University
    8. Grady High School
    9. Three Amigos/Art of Such & Such
    10. University of North Georgia
    11. Pinecrest Academy
    12. Southwest Art Center
    13. Georgia State University
    14. Wonderroot Arts Center
    15. Savannah State
    16. Duluth High School
    17. Valdosta State University

    Learn more at: atlantaprintmakersstudio.org

    Print Big April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Throughout the month of February, BINDERS Limelight Gallery will exhibit banners from the 2013 Print Big! event.

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio, 2013 Print Big Banners

    Show Dates: Monday, February 3rd – Friday, February 28th
    Reception: Friday, February 7th (6 – 8pm)

    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Pop Up Art School: Tags, Portraits & More w/ Krink Markers!

    BINDERS “Pop Up” Art School

    presented by Octane Coffee, Krink Markers,

    & BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames

     Saturday, February 1st, 10am – 12pm

    pop up art schoolJoin us at Octane Coffee Westside, Saturday, February 1st, 10am -12pm, with local artist, Wade Harrison, who will demonstrate and guide coffee drinkers in an interactive demo with the versatility of Krink Markers.

    Enter to win a $50 gift card + FREE! goodies & giveaways!

    About Wade

    Wade Harrison was encouraged to express himself through art from the very beginning. Growing up in the late 60’s and 1970’s, Wade became heavily influenced by the tide of the Black Power movement.

    Taking self-awareness cues from his mother and coupling that with the creative talent of his photographer father, Wade gravitated toward revolutionary musical expressions. He consequently became influential in the emerging Toledo graffiti art revolution under the tag “Swade”.

    Pop up art school Image Courtesy of the Artist

    “I am not a lyricist or a musician or a singer... I am an artist in love with these instances of self expression and choose to dialog through my paintings with others who share this love.”

    Wade continued his art education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Following a brief stint with an ad agency in graphic design, Wade concentrated more on his work as a fine artist. His style has since evolved into an exploratory freedom reflective of the music that captivates him.

    For more information please visit our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1400362706881816/

    Written by Jacob Gunter

    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

  • Breaking Down Creative Barriers with Zentangle ®!

    Breaking Down Creative Barriers with Zentangle®!

    Certified Zentangle instructor, Jeannie Mahood, talks a bit about this unique method enjoyed all over the world.

    How would you describe Zentangle?

    The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over the world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. It was created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts to break down the barriers that people have to being creative, relaxed and focused. Just a few, but excellent, materials and a one-step-at-a-time process are all that's needed!

    zentangle Image courtesy of the Artist

    How did you get involved with and certified to teach Zentangle?

    I got to take a Zentangle workshop with Rick and Maria in 2009. Later that year Joan Payton and I traveled to Rick and Maria's hometown of Whitinsville, MA for the teacher seminar - where we became CZT's (Certified Zentangle Teachers)! We started teaching together about a month later and have taught about 500 students from Baja, Mexico to Nova Scotia, Canada since then!

    zentangle Image Courtesy of the Instructor

    Do have a background in art?

    Yes - although artistic experience is NOT necessary for Zentangle! Joan is always creating something. For years she designed, made and sold jewelry. Now, when she's not doing Zentangle, she designs and makes primitive style hooked rugs.

    I have a BFA in Studio Art, and an MA in art therapy. I used art therapy with children and families for several years, and then worked in graphic design. I've loved drawing and painting since I was a kid, and have added photography and Zentangle to my list of favorite things to do.

    Zentagle Letters Image Courtesy of the Artist

    How did you get involved with teaching at BINDERS Art School?

    I really enjoyed taking Anne Elser's Calligraphy classes at Binders and eventually I got to thinking that it would be a fun place to offer Zentangle.

    We worked with the Education Director and made it happen! Joan and I have really enjoyed the students at Binders (not to mention the fun materials that are right outside the classroom door!).

    Zentangle All Things Are Possible Image Courtesy of the Artist

    What can folks expect from a Zentangle class?

    Joan and I design most of our classes so that a beginner can come and feel comfortable from the start. We ground the students in the basic process of Zentangle first. The process of Zentangle is SO important - it's what makes Zentangle unique and so accessible. But learning the process online or from a book is just not the same as learning in a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

    We always teach some extra tangles (patterns), and then we usually go into the world of "Zentangle Inspired Art" and create something larger, or use color, or work on dark paper, or...  Joan and I have so much fun thinking up new things to teach! Our classes tend to be jam packed because we really want students to get their money's worth. We like to be a little bit silly, too!

    “Joan and I design most of our classes so that a beginner can come and feel comfortable from the start. We ground the students in the basic process of Zentangle first.”

    Zentangle Dancing Rooster Image Courtesy of the Artist

    Zentangle® Zoo! with Jean Mahood and Joan Payton

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $75 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1516 | Saturday, February 14, 10am – 1pm 

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Marking the Anniversary of Ponce City Market

    On This Day in 1926

    January 4th, 1926 marks a day in Atlanta Retail History.

    On this day, developers broke ground to build the Sears Roebuck building at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta Georgia.

    Ponce City Market Sears Roebuck Building. Atlanta, GA
    Image found in Public Domain

    Chief architect, George C. Nimmons designed the 2,100,000 square foot building for Sears Roebuck and Company. Sears used the building as a retail store, warehouse and regional office until 1979. At that time the retail store closed but the regional offices continued to operate out of the building until 1987.

    The city of Atlanta bought the building in May 1990 where it became "City Hall East". Housing the police department, an art gallery and for a few years the Southeastern Flower Show.

    The building was closed to the public in 2010. On July 11, 2011 it was purchased by Jamestown, a private-equity group, and is currently being redeveloped as Ponce City Market.

    Ponce City Market

    Ponce City Market is in the heart of historic Atlanta surrounded by the Ole Fourth Ward, Virginia Highland, Poncy Highland and Midtown.

    The mixed-use development will house restaurants, boutiques, offices, residential living, and national and local retail anchors. And that's where we come in!

    BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames is excited to be opening our second Atlanta location in this historic Atlanta landmark. We are currently planning the store's layout and will have much more to share as we getting closer to our grand opening slated for this August.

    Ponce City Market Underconstruction Howard & Stacey checking out Ponce City Market
  • Southern Artwork in a Cozy Studio

    Southern Artwork :: Carolyn Rose Milner

    Artist :: Poet :: Instructor :: SouthernGothic


    Tell us about your studio space at the Goat Farm.

    The Goat Farm is the perfect venue for my studio. I am surrounded by all sorts of creative process: painters, printers, dancers, photographers.

    My small space, cozy as it is, is perfect for my work right now - collages based on my drawings and poetry. Since my work is about being southern and the automatic response people have to that, the placement of my studio is ideal.

    Southern Artwork with Carolyn Rose Milner
    Image Courtesy of the Artist

    “My work is about being southern and the automatic response people have to that…”


    How would you describe your practice?

    I work in my studio up to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. Before one piece is done, the next piece is calling to me. Everything is messy around me but at last chaos and clean lines are finally organized on the picture plane. I tend to draw in between solid studio hours - I just cannot help it. Drawing, painting, poetry and all mark making is part of my daily experience.

    Can you tell us about “Smoke Inhalation”? It’s a compelling series.

    Smoke Inhalation was born out of watching my mother blow cigarette smoke out while holding me in her arms. I was fascinated with the idea, even when very little, that this substance went into her and came out different. I thought the clouds coming out of her had words or feelings inside them. When I watch two people companionably smoking together, they combine their smoke and create something interesting to watch in the air, something magic and ethereal, rather like the old black and white movies. Smoke Inhalation is more about relationships between women and what transpires in the spaces between them. Even the singular images I created are looking dead on at the viewer, including you into their smoky suggestions. Incidentally, I have never smoked cigarettes. I just like looking at it.

    What are you working on currently?

    My next body of work is tentatively titled Southern Gothic: Fruits of their Eyes. This is a series of small works on paper, combining my drawings, gouache paintings, Japanese papers, poetry, and clear Xeroxed images. I desire to make them tactile and touchable yet very remote as the context suggests. I made this body of small works in response to my divorce from a thirty year marriage.

    “Experimental Drawing is filled with quiet energy and through it you can learn to never be blocked again artistically.”


    What do you hope students will learn in your Experimental Drawing class?

    Experimental Drawing is just wonderful! It unblocks your head and gets your visions humming. It's rather like meditation: it centers and excites your mind and body at the same time. Experimental Drawing is filled with quiet energy and through it you can learn to never be blocked again artistically. You can also discover some things you might have on your mind and be unaware of it.

    What is unique about your Portrait Painting class?

    Portraits can come in many packages and acrylic is a great, versatile medium to use. There are so many options with acrylic, just like there are so many options in portrait painting. Rendering the face will be the strongest focus in the class, but there will also be an understanding that there is a strong spirit within each personal painting that needs to come to the surface. There is always something challenging and familiar when doing a portrait. It's one of the most rewarding of all the arts and can be cherished later, capturing a moment in someone's life.



    Experimental Drawing with Carolyn Rose Milner


    4 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $140 | Max. 16


    ARTZ1531 | Mondays, March 2 – April 6, 1 – 3:30pm


    Milner_Master Class

    Old Master Copy Class with Carolyn Rose Milner

    4 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $140 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1530 | Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8, 1 – 3:30pm


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    Experimental Painting with Carolyn Rose Milner

    4 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $140 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1529 | Mondays, January 5 – February 9, 1 – 3:30pm


    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Meet Denise Nogueiras - Dynamic Painting Instructor

    Denise Nogueiras: Freedom to Create without Judgement

    Q&A with Artist and BINDERS Art School Instructor Denise Nogueiras

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I have had the artist gene lying dormant since I was a child when I first exhibited talent and my parents bought me an easel and my first set of paints. For years I didn’t paint because I realized that just having the innate talent still meant I would have to work at developing the techniques and skills required. I was lazy. Years later as an adult, after a trip to Paris, I was inspired to begin again - and with a box of watercolor pencils, I began my journey.

    Today, I still struggle with forging through when the next steps get challenging. There have been many books written on the matter and I share the same challenge with several artist friends, so I am at least in good company.

    Meet Denise Nogueiras
    Image Courtesy of the Artist

    What challenges me most about the creative process?

    I am also always fighting against the “judgment” demon – until that is conquered true creativity cannot flow. Julia Cameron wrote, "The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” I am still working on surrender.

    "The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." - Julia Cameron

    I am also always fighting against the “judgment” demon – until that is conquered true creativity cannot flow.

    What can you tell us about your workspace / studio?

    My studio is a large part of my artistic process and is still in development. My dining room has officially been overtaken and is slowly emerging into my studio. It is always a mess. In addition to this workspace, I have a separate room that serves as a storehouse for art supplies for which there are many!

    Things you will find in my studio: Piles of pictures that I find anywhere for inspiration, a bulletin board full of ideas, jars full of paint brushes and palette knives, cups full of watercolor pencils, stacks of canvasses leaning up against a wall, stacks of watercolor paper, lots of unfinished paintings waiting to be worked on when inspiration hits, the latest painting sitting on one of my many easels, my extensive art book collection & museum books purchased from Paris, London, New York, and LA.

    Meet Denise Nogueiras
    Image Courtesy of the Artist

    What inspires me most to create?

    One of my biggest joys is walking the isles of an art supply store. There is such hope there – such inspiration . . . just think of all that can be created, just look at all these great mediums, tools, canvasses and paper I can use. A photograph might inspire, a place traveled to, an idea of how something might feel to me, a mood, or simply beginning with a texture I want to create, a shape I want to explore, or a color scheme and neutral I want to create. Other artists also inspire me. Creating color wheels and doing color studies of favorite artists inspire me. Recreating the work of other artists also inspires me as I emulate their colors, their technique and try to make it my own.

    Meet Denise Nogueiras

     What can students expect to learn in my Creating Dynamic Paintings workshop?

    Students can join me on an exploration of color and the joy of using neutrals. Through many exercises, the student’s style and color preferences will begin to naturally emerge. Students will learn many techniques to add to their bag of tricks and how to begin a painting. Freedom to create without judgment is constantly explored.

    Creating Dynamic Paintings with Denise Nogueiras

    2 Sessions |All Levels| Price: $120

    Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 11 – 4pm


    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • BINDERS Annual Employee Show 2014

    Visions, Vistas, & Voices: BINDERS Annual Employee Show 2014

    25 Year BINDERS Veteran Reflects on the Annual Employee Show


    Binders Annual Employee ShowI started with Binders many a moon ago. So long ago that the earth was still forming… Okay, maybe not quite that long ago.  But it was before barcodes! No banging on rocks.  We did have computers.  In all, it’s been 25 years for me. It has been an irresistible lifestyle that I refer to as “my addiction”.

    Along with that swath of time, many employees have come & gone through our turnstile.  They have had a vast & varied array of talents that have often surprised & amazed me.

    Every year we show off those talents with our Employee Art Exhibit. It is a wonderful opportunity to show off that we are not just clerks. We can actually work with those supplies! And, very adeptly.

    In any given show you can see everything from painstaking, refined photorealism to multidimensional installation pieces. Some may have an underlying comment. Some may make you chortle. Some are just plain delightful. It has always been fascinating to see the evolution of artistic styles-like that of the comic arts. We have definitely seen an upsurge of representation in this area. And, wow, what quality.

    I’m not quite sure how many Employee Exhibits we have had over the years, maybe nine?  Well, I certainly have participated in all of them. My current medium is acrylic, just a single piece for me this year. I am doing my usual bent-with a twist.

    Plan to see another great meandering of acrylics, oils, inks, markers & who knows what-all transformed into unpredictable smorgasbord of expressions. The talent level is high this year.

    Prepare to be surprised & amazed.

    Written by Marion Hood

     Visions, Vistas, & Voices: BINDERS Annual Employee Show 2014

    Sunday, January 5th – Friday, January 31st
    Reception: Friday, January 10th

     The annual Binders Employee Exhibit is always as diverse and eclectic as the folks who make up the Binders family. View their work for yourself, attend the opening reception, and experience our BINDERS Annual Employee Show: Visions, Vistas, & Voices.

     BINDERS annual Employee Show 2014

    View images from last year’s opening reception:

    All Images Courtesy of Digital Outcast Photography



    Binders Annual Employee ShowAbout the Limelight

    BINDERS Limelight Gallery highlights local Atlanta artists through group exhibitions, special events, and community involvement.

    The Limelight Gallery is a 750 square foot contemporary art gallery uniquely located within BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames. Located in the heart of Buckhead, the Limelight Gallery offers an atmosphere of simple elegance with diverse energies and community support.


    The Limelight Gallery at BINDERS is located in what was once the famed Limelight Discotheque of the early 1980’s, pioneered by enigmatic club king Peter Gatien. The Limelight lived up to its billing as the Studio 54 of the south with an infamous glass dance floor where two sand sharks could be seen swimming underneath in a massive fish tank. The club's reputation of decadence attracted visiting celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Burt Reynolds, and Grace Jones.

    More recently, the Limelight serves as BINDERS Art Supplies in store art gallery representing numerous works from local groups such as the Atlanta Collage Society, Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio, Atlanta Fine Arts League, Atlanta Artist’s Center, Georgia State University, Savannah College of Art & Design- Atlanta, and Fulton County Public Schools.

    In addition the Limelight functions as a satellite space for local Atlanta galleries and curators.

    BINDERS Limelight Gallery

    Piedmont Peachtree Crossing

    3330 Piedmont Road, Suite 18

    Atlanta, GA 30305


    Gallery Coordinator

    Jacob Gunter


    404.237.6331 ext 203

    For more information, special events booking, and upcoming schedule, please contact the Gallery Coordinator at 404.237.6331 ext 203 or email at jacob@bindersart.com



  • Fashion Illustration with Ruchika Arora

    Designer Ruchika Arora Talks Fashion Illustration & More

    This is your first class with BINDERS Art School. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    Before getting into the profession of Fashion Illustration and Designer, I finished my professional diploma in dress designing and garment manufacturing. I spent 7 years in that profession before taking a break to take care of God's beautiful gift to me... my daughter.

    During the past 4 years, I have designed and polished my Illustration skills on my own and have developed the interest of sharing my designs and knowledge with others and that’s the reason I am here.

    We have recently moved to Atlanta and it's just the beginning. I expect it to get more exciting in coming months if all my plans fall in place. I have also developed my website to showcase my latest designs: http://www.creativemindatwork.com

    Fashion Illustration Image Courtesy of the Artist

    Where did you move from? What brought you to Atlanta?

    We have moved from Mumbai, India. My husband got a job transfer, so we are here for a couple of years on his long term project.

    What can students expect to learn in your Fashion Illustration for Beginners class?

    The core of fashion illustration and fashion design is the figure. An understanding of the accurate proportions of the human body and how it is constructed is vital for producing convincing fashion illustrations and garment designs. Apart from  figure proportions, creating style balance with different artistic techniques for rendering clothing textures, adding accessories and knowing different types of garments and most important working on a theme to make a collection. I will try to cover as many things as possible in my 6 weeks class.

    What advice would you give to anyone who is interested in fashion design and illustration?

    If you have the right designing skills and creativity then this profession has a lot of opportunities for you. I would suggest everybody attend some short term course(s) to be sure of their interest in Fashion Designing / Illustration before getting into any long term degree or diploma course.

    Fashion Illustration Image Courtesy of the Artist

    How has being Indian and studying in India influenced your designs?

    I have designed kaftans (traditional Middle East attire), tunics and other indo-western garments for Middle East and India. But I would say my designs are not constrained to a particular place or region. My designs are influenced by my own creativity.

    Fashion Illustration Image Courtesy of the Instructor

    What inspires you the most to create?

    I would say I get inspired by other artist's work, magazines, and things around me. As British designer Sir Paul Smith says: “You can find inspiration in everything … and if you can’t, you’re not looking properly—so look again.”  This is good advice. Inspiration for creative artwork is everywhere.

    “You can find inspiration in everything … and if you can’t, you’re not looking properly—so look again.”  -Sir Paul Smith

    What are you planning, any major projects on the horizon?

    I am planning to continue teaching in some schools to share my knowledge and experience with some creative people. Another agenda is to promote my online shops. I have already started building my online shop at Etsy to promote / sell my illustrations and plans are to expand the shop in 2014 and start with few more similar online shops on other platforms.

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    Fashion Illustration for Beginners with Ruchika Arora

    6 Sessions | Beginner | Price: $110 | Max.15

    ARTZ1510 | Thursdays, January 8 – February 12, 6 – 8pm

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Say Hello to Art Instructor Barry Sholder

    Watercolors, Acrylics, Abstract Painting and Beyond:

    Tell us a little about yourself

    My dad painted watercolors as a hobby when I was 10 years old so I always watched him in his studio. He used to take me with him on painting excursion to the west coast, which I hated.

    Later on, I became a professional musician for 13 years traveling all over the country till I just got tired of traveling and soon became a photo retoucher ‘s apprentice, which I knew nothing about. I honestly think this learned skill taught me a tremendous amount of knowledge about color, highlights, and shadows which is what retouching was all about.

    After several years of retouching everything went to computers and there was no longer a need for artists in retouching. So, to make a long story short I finally ended up starting my own sign business which I had for 24 years. This was when you actually painted a sign, not stick on letters.

    At that time I started painting watercolors on the side. One of my biggest inspirations was Al Stine in Anderson SC. From there I just painted all the time.

    Art Instructor Barry Sholder lighthouse Image courtesy of the artist

    You’ve been teaching for several years now, how did you get started?

    I got started as an art instructor when I attended an opening exhibit at the Abernathy Arts Center in which I had a couple of paintings. As a matter of fact, I mentioned that I would like to teach watercolor workshops to the director. She said great and after 10+ years, I occasionally have a class or workshop there.

    Art Instructor Barry Sholder Image courtesy of the artist

    You work in a variety of mediums. Do you have a preference? Which one challenges you the most?

    As far as mediums, I preferred only watercolors till I was exposed to Chroma Interactive Acrylics at an Artfolio event at Binders, Atlanta.

    I was never keen on traditional acrylics till I tried the Interactive, which I feel is fantastic. I don't feel watercolors are harder than acrylics, although I choose acrylics when I want to paint tight illustrations, like jet aircraft, which I really enjoy. If I want to have fun with color and have just a little time slinging watercolors is the way to go.

    "I like the freedom of slinging paint on the floor, getting the bench all wet and so on."

    What can you tell us about your workspace?

    My studio is nothing more than my half of the garage, cold in the winter, hot in the summer.

    The beauty of it is I do not have to be careful of making a mess because I do make a mess when I paint.  I like the freedom of slinging paint on the floor, getting the bench all wet and so on.  I do have a couple of easels for acrylics, but very rarely do I use them.  I just prop up the material I'm working on and off we go.

    Art Instructor Barry Sholder - Workshop Image Courtesy of the Artist

    You are an Art Instructor at BINDERS Art School, offering several workshops: Acrylic for Beginners, Abstract Painting, and Watercolor for Beginners. Can you tell us a little about your experienced teaching these workshops and what to expect.

    Binders is a great place to teach workshops. The studio has plenty of room and if you need something, you can always go out the door to purchase it. When I teach I try to take the anxiety out of the process that many new people have when they come to a workshop.

    I feel I'm not the typical art instructor because I really want people to have FUN while they're learning. I want my students to paint something that interests them, not what the instructor seems to think they will want to paint. That's just me.

    I like to share what I know with my students, and I sometimes feel that I might be overloading them with information but no one has complained, in fact I hear this all the time, "I have learned more this weekend that all the classes I have taken". And that’s my goal, just share and make the painting experience fun.

    Art Instructor Barry Sholder - Acrylic Image courtesy of the artist

    Acrylics for Beginners with Barry Sholder

    2 sessions | Beginner to Intermediate | Price: $120 | Max.16

    ARTZ1514 | Saturday & Sunday, February 7 & 8, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm

    Watercolor for Beginners with Barry Sholder

    2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $120 | Max.16

    ARTZ1515 | Saturday & Sunday, May 24th & 25th, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 3pm

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email artschool@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Local Non-Profit Uses Art Therapy To Help Georgia Veterans

    Depending on the source of the information, it is estimated that, of the more than 2 million service members deployed in recent conflicts overseas, 22-35 percent have returned, or will return, to their home communities with substantial physical injuries and or signs of traumatic brain injury or PTSD. Despite efforts by the VA to facilitate their reentry, many will find it difficult to create a life after the military that is as strong and vital as the one they had prior to their injury. Numerous studies have shown that a major component of this difficulty is a deep seeded cultural norm that makes it difficult for them to process their experiences and create bridges to their communities. This leads to isolation, a questioning of self and in some cases violence. These same studies show that regular access to the arts, led by instructors familiar with what they are going through, can ease these problems.

    Unfortunately, there are far too few programs in existence to meet the needs of this huge population and far too few of the existing ones combine QUALITY arts experiences with teaching artists and the expertise of Art Therapists in an integrated setting in the community. Instead, programs concentrate on one or two of these components, offering art therapy without social skill practice or arts instruction without the expertise to deal with possible clinical issues or experiences that happen in the sheltered clinical environment that do not test the very skills the program seeks to strengthen. These are all steps in the right direction toward alleviating the suffering many returning vets live with but there is little lasting or sustained change.

    Former Shepherd Center patient William Heard overcomes adversity and shares hope and help through his artistry. http://bit.ly/17Mjrji Former Shepherd Center patient William Heard overcomes adversity and shares hope and help through his artistry. http://bit.ly/17Mjrji

    The VSA Arts of Georgia program plans to change that. As it grows, they know that what they learn can be utilized to bring the same positive changes to other groups such as the growing population of people living with Parkinson's and to youth living in low income, high crime environments.

    Approximately a year ago, Mason Murer owner, Mark Karelson, a Board member at VSA arts of Georgia, was approached by a colleague at Shepard Spinal Center. They wondered if he would be interested in offering his space for an arts based outing for patients at the facility. It was to be a one-off situation; a way for staff at the Center to expand the experiences their military patients had in the community. What they discovered was that the outcomes of the program were profound. Patients who had limited interaction with others in the facility, opened up. When they planned a second session, they saw similar growth. Mr. Karelson knew that there was tremendous potential here for real impact, he also knew that Mason Murer was the wrong organization for managing this program. However, as a long time Board member, he knew that VSA arts of Georgia was perfectly positioned to integrate this program into their work and make it what the community needed.

    During the sessions there are usually between 9 and 15 participants, all who live with some residual aspect of their time in the service. Usually they are working on PTSD specifically.

    Charly Palmer has been the teaching artist. This last session was a combination of photography and collage. For the first 4 weeks the participants were introduced to the elements of photography and invited to spend the sessions creating their own collections of images. There were cameras to share but many of them ended up, by choice, using phones and Ipads.

    The last 4 sessions were with Charly and in them the participants worked on turning their images into collage works. They took the finished work with them on the last session.

    Like most residency programs, there are social and emotional outcomes that go far beyond learning the art process itself. Participants got much better at being in unfamiliar surroundings and at freeing themselves to just explore. They also seemed better at communication with folks they didn't know.

    VSA arts of Georgia has been in the Georgia Community for nearly 40 years. Over that time programs have shifted and changed to reflect current needs but they have never varied from their commitment to creating a strong and viable community for ALL people, using the arts as a bridge. This program allows them to respond very specifically to current demographic shifts and to utilize up to the moment tools for arts integration, rehab and community building.

    To learn more about VSA Arts of Georgia or to Support them with donations or volunteering please visit their website http://www.vsaartsga.org/

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