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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,

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

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,

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

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.

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

“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