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Resmaa Menakem, Somatic Therapist

On Being and Making Artwork

The conversation about race and trauma in America at this moment (and for four hundred years) is extremely relevant to art students and art teachers. This episode of On Being with Krista Tippet informs much of what I have had to confront to make artwork

The Energy Of Drawing

Tis the season where the temps go low and the energy goes high. More to-do-lists, more weather delays, more sugar, more together time, more, more, more! The energy can just get to be too much. There is a joy to the season for many things,

Xacto Bulldog Vacuum Mount Pencil Sharpener Giveaway!

This art supply giveaway contest runs October 17 – October 23, 6pm CST 2019. The winner will be announced October 24th by video on LZM Studio’s Youtube Channel! To enter the Xacto Bulldog Vacuum Mount Manual Pencil Sharpener Giveaway: Enter your name and email in the form

Student In the Spotlight: Avery

This is my favorite new section of my blog to write, as I have great student results to share with you over the years I have been teaching private lessons. Each Student in the Spotlight post will detail a student’s learning and results in the

Wescott Dusting Brush Giveaway!

This contest runs June 13 through June 19, 6pm CST 2019. The winner will be announced June 20 by video on LZM Studio’s Youtube Channel! We had a technical problem last week, so we are re-running this giveaway starting June 13th, 2019. Please enter again,

Hovel Pencil Sharpener Giveaway, February 2019

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Ophelia, Colored Pencil, 2017 by student of LZM Studio, Phoebe

Why take drawing lessons?

Why take drawing lessons? You used to love drawing. Then something happened: They told you, you couldn’t draw well. You couldn’t figure out how to make it look “right”. They told you, you didn’t have “the eye” for it. When you were young, they said,

The Contemporary Art School Summer Camps

Austin Summer Camps for Your Creative Kiddo

Austin Summer Camps for Your Creative Kiddo Parents of the kids I work with are often asking me about Austin summer camps that I recommend. It takes so much education to supplement what schools are providing, and parents wish to create a well balanced human

Recommended Gift Art Supplies for the Budding Artist

Here are some great gift ideas for the art lover in your life – just as the holiday season approaches. I posted something similar a couple of seasons ago, but this updated list includes new finds and changes due to suppliers and technology. These are

Overthinking Could Suffocate Your Drawing Practice

Overthinking Could Suffocate Your Drawing Practice Dear Adults: I know we’ve been trained to believe our gray matter is our greatest asset: that our high caliber brain will lead to fame, fortune and the success we aim to achieve. Or at the very least, we

Art Supplies for the Budding Artist

Still looking for holiday presents for your favorite budding artist? These are the essential drawing art supplies I can’t live without! Many of these are on my newly updated Recommended Supplies list, however, some of these are not because they go beyond my basic supplies

Drawing Games for Kids: Rewards for Hard Work

Some days kids are going to be less focused and goofy – which I think is important to embrace even in a structured learning environment. The last thing a kid in my studio wants is to feel squashed in their creative energies, so I have

LZM Studio student, Bern's work in process drawing of his dog

Building Patience: Quality Drawings Take Time

Building Patience: Quality Drawings Take Time Part of my work with my clients is convincing them it is expected, necessary and acceptable to take many hours to create artwork. Quality drawings take time. An artist is nothing without building patience. It is not generally going to be

Minecraft Can Be Good for Your Kid’s Drawing Skills

Many of the kids I work with are taking drawing lessons because their parents are hoping to get them into activities that limit their screen time after school. Drawing is tactile; it takes construction skills – even though we are working in two dimensions on

Small Victories: Drawing to Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries

I am very honored to announce my partnership with Small Victories, in offering drawing lessons for students who are recovering and adapting to traumatic brain injuries. Cindy Wright, the Vice President of Small Victories contacted me a few months ago, to invite me to participate.

Christmas in July?

You’re probably not thinking about Christmas right now. But last December someone found my website and asked me to draw a picture of their daughter’s house for a Christmas present. I rushed and got it done in two weeks, in between my regularly scheduled client

Making Art Is Good For Your Brain

This just in: Making art is good for your brain! I’ve known this intuitively for a looooong time. But now the scientists are proving it. I see this all the time with my students, whether they are youngsters, oldsters or in betweensters. Some of it

Enough with the digital photographs, try drawing!

I often explain to my students that drawing became a less common skill because of the invention of the photograph. In fact when you look at the broad history of art, many of our wackiest art movements began after the invention of photography because it

Can your kid draw on demand? Why, yes!

One of the things I explain to the parents of children who are taking drawing lessons is that it might take time for their children to integrate what I am teaching them into their own free drawing time. Generally, my rule of thumb is that

Increased Neural Matter? Yes, please!

I often tell my private lesson students that learning to draw exercises parts of the brain that are sometimes less developed in our culture, but that are helpful for both kids in school and adults in the workplace. Science is starting to show proof of

Hey, Tomato!

Hey there, Tomato!   It has been toooo loooong since I’ve blogged for y’all. Check back soon, because I’ve got new images of students’ drawings and my artwork, tips about learning to draw, new workshops, COMING SOON online and skype lessons (whoohoo! it has been quite

In Memory of Sue

There is something very personal that I get to share with my students. They willingly open themselves up in front of me – because in order to learn you really have to be vulnerable; mess up; expand yourself; try again when something didn’t work out

Special Guest Models!

Last week, I had some very special guests modeling in the studio for a private lesson: Ellie and Pica! My youngest student, Rio, brought her buddies to her lesson so we could draw while observing them. Drawing from photographs is an ok alternative, but it really helps

First art loves

Yesterday while working with a client, I remembered one of my first art loves. Art love is that moment that your mind is blown, standing in front of, for example, a huge canvas painted by Monet more than one hundred years ago. It is when

Googling Myself!

Every once in a while, it pays to Google yourself! I was working on my website with my friend Will at a coffee shop over the holidays, and in discussing SEO options, we went about Googling ourselves, to see how effective our websites were. Will Hewett,

Love

Playing hooky this afternoon, instead of working on my business paperwork that I am way behind on… some days this girl just has to draw to work it out… I created a memento for my dear friend (and former college roomy) Tracy, who got married recently to

A little enthusiasm goes a long way

It is hot, hot, hot here in Austin – not just today- but for oh, the last 2 months. And guess what? We have another 2 months of heat to go before we can dry off, maintain sanity while touching a black leather car interior

“Nicer than nice!”

After my summer two week hiatus, I’m back in the studio today. I had some lessons with regular clients, and then had an hour session with two 5 year old cutie-pies who are just meeting with me 1 hour a day for this week, for

Drawing & Mindfulness

This past weekend I lead some wonderful folks at Dharmata Sangha of Austin in a drawing meditation workshop using drawing as a way to cultivate mindfulness. This group of adults spent 3 hours learning how to use a classical line drawing exercise that I regularly

Orangutan is spoken here!

Besides drawing, I have a SUPER INCREDIBLE LARGE LOVE of the great apes (orangutans, gorillas, chimps). One of my students, Phoebe A., (a different, but equally fabulous Phoebe than I posted about yesterday!) started taking drawing lessons from me last year because she wants to

It’s all about the mind, folks!

This summer I began working with a small private lesson group of 5 year old little ladies. In our first lesson together, I asked them not to use an eraser. This is a pretty challenging request for most 5 year olds, believe it or not!

Up to some good on the interweb!

Welcome to the blog of LZM Studio! You can catch up with me here, where I’ll share fun accomplishments that my student take on, new endeavors that I find myself stumbling into in my studio and in my lessons with folks, and a fair share about