A creative team of artists and instructors at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School have found new ways to offer art-making and learning opportunities online during this time of social distancing.
By Robert Bean Chair, AAC Museum School Drawing Department Artists use lots of materials to make their work. Sheet after sheet of paper. Roll after roll of canvas. A pound of clay here, a pound of clay there. It’s expensive. Period. So what happens when you teach art? You need materials so students can grow into the creativity you see peeking out already. But those resources might be just out of your budget, or you don’t have easy access to … Read More
The Arkansas Arts Center has finished its sixth consecutive year in the black in a year that has shown overwhelming community support, increased outreach and public approval of a bond issue to help fund a newly renovated museum. “We took another giant step toward our goal of a renovated Arts Center with the successful public vote to bond the revenue from an existing sales tax on out of town visitors for the benefit of the … Read More
Jim D. Johnson of Little Rock, Ark., is considered an icon in the advertising and art worlds, having been honored nationally and globally. This year he will add one more award to his repertoire when he is inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame on June 25. A long-time student of the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School, Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Cranford/Johnson Inc. 1961. Now known as CJRW, it is … Read More
You’re probably familiar with Kelly Edwards’ work even if you don’t realize it. Her art adorns several Arkansas galleries as well as one in Miami, Florida; she’s been a ceramics instructor at the Museum School for 15 years and you can view (and even purchase!) her work in the AAC Museum Shop. Basically, Kelly is an Arts Center all star. Interested in art from a young age, Kelly creates three-dimensional wall hangings including clocks, crosses, masks, bowls … Read More
By Laura Raborn Laura Raborn teaches a three-day mixed media workshop at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. The following is an excerpt from Laura’s blog about what students can expect to learn in her class. Click here to view the full entry. In the last post, I described a workshop I periodically teach at the Arkansas Arts Center. The focus of that article shifted from the purpose and joy of teaching to a specific … Read More
By Laura Raborn Laura Raborn teaches a three-day mixed media workshop at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. The following is an excerpt from Laura’s blog about what students can expect to learn in her class. Click here to view the full entry. Teaching the “Happy Accidents” mixed media class at the Arkansas Arts Center provides me with an opportunity to channel my former teachers. Students see me at the front of the room lecturing … Read More
Miranda Young is no stranger to the Arts Center. She took classes as a child, has been an instructor in the Museum School for the past decade, is the scenic designer and properties manager for the Children’s Theatre and is even the proud mother of a Museum School student. Soon she will add one more AAC title to her repertoire: featured Museum School Gallery artist. From February 23 through May 29, 2016, a collection of Miranda’s drawings and prints will be on display … Read More