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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

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

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

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

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

“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