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Jas Knight — An Art Lover Becomes an Art Maker

An Art Instructor Is Also a Lifelong Student. I didn’t play all day…All I did was draw —Jas Knight via the Museum of Fine Arts Boston For Jas Knight, painting was a part of growing up. He pursued excellence in his work from a young age. At seven, he was selling paintings. A year later, […]

Mariana Oushiro—An Abstract Painter Finds Freedom

An Abstract Sense of Freedom. We all walk in someone else’s path until you find your own. I wouldn’t walk as freely if I didn’t have [my instructor at The League], Jill Nathanson. —Mariana Oushiro via Artmakers Mariana Oushiro first came to New York City from Brazil on vacation. On trips to the Museum of […]

Brenda Berkman — A Trailblazer Starts A New Path

A Pioneer Takes Up Printmaking It’s surprising even to me that I would have changed from Brenda Berkman, fire officer, to Brenda Berkman, printmaker. —Brenda Berkman, via Smithsonian Brenda Berkman has lived her life in revolutions. She began her career as a lawyer. In the 1980s, she fought for the right to follow her true […]

Meet Athena LaTocha

Athena LaTocha, who has studied with Michael Pellettieri at The League, is the subject of a major profile in The New York Times. Originally from Alaska, she is from the Lakota and Ojibwe Peoples of the Northern Plains and—when moving to NYC—she studied printmaking at The League with instructor Michael Pellettieri.⁠ Ms. LaTocha is known […]


Guess what? It’s #NationalCookieDay! Yep, I just gave you a perfik excuse to INDULGE in the holiday sugar rush and ⁠fetch yourself a cookie 😋⁠⁠⁠Enjoy this still life painting by League artist Yuri Tayshete who studied with instructor Karen O’Neil in her “Still Life Painting” class. These gingerbreadpersons look too scrumptious to eat. It’s time […]

A Thanksgiving That Looks Like All of Us

Artist Hank Willis Thomas and photographer Emily Shur re-imagined Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want,” one in a series of four iconic paintings inspired by FDR’s 1941 speech to Congress. ⁠⁠The story goes that in 2012, Hank Willis Thomas saw a poster of Norman Rockwell’s painting of a family seated around a holiday table and “decided […]

1,000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

Artist Ai Weiwei studied at The League in the early 1980s. Since then he’s gone on to international fame with his socially conscious and political art. Recently he was interviewed by political commentator Margaret Hoover on “Firing Line,” which is described as “a refreshing reprisal of William F. Buckley’s iconic PBS program, a smart, civil […]

Extreme Embroideries

These “extreme embroideries” which resemble traditionally composed oil paintings are by League artist Maria Piñeres⁠. Born in Colombia and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Piñeres studied painting at The Art Students League and went on to graduate from Parsons School of Design.⁠⁠Her mother and grandmother taught her “traditional fiber and needle arts at an early age.” […]

Meet Carmen Herrera

Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1915, Carmen Herrera moved frequently between France and Cuba throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Having studied architecture at the Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba (1938–39), she trained at The Art Students League of New York (1942–43), before exhibiting five times at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles and at Musée […]

Free Your Art — GO BIG!

In Episode 2 of The Artmakers, Andrew meets Brazilian abstract painter Mariana Oushiro in her Tribeca studio. She teaches him how to be free to go big when creating art. They also discuss her childhood obsession with (red) crayons, inspiration from NY artist/instructor Jill Nathanson, and why Mariana NEEDS to use pastels. Watch the full […]


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