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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 and support students in making

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, but sometimes it starts to

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 studio with me. Let’s start

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, in case your entry was

graphite pencil review

Graphite Pencil Review: For the Love of the Graphite Pencil

WHY SO MANY GRAPHITE PENCILS? I have a love of the simple graphite pencil that runs deep. A few months ago, I splurged and bought SIX SETS of graphite pencils! It was like Christmas in… errrrr…. December, actually. Why does anyone need 80+ pencils, or to measure them monetarily, more

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 instant gratification. We live in

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 the page, it is still

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 lessons. Below, you can see

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 this, which I find to