Academy of Art of Highland Park

Pursuing the excellence of art through the art of excellence

NEW DIRECTIVES AT THE AAHP – This is a friendly reminder that Ana and Aaron are mobilizing all our technical and human resources to create online services for you. We have an awesome technical team, and our aim is NOT to create a “bandage” presence online for you. Our aim is to do as we have always done for 22 years strong—to create online courses and other services that offer truly deepening experiences for you and your family members as strong learners and problem-solving creatives.

AAHP DIRECTIVES FOR

Works by our special needs students

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Session IV Winter/Spring 2020

The Studio runs in consecutive 8 week Sessions

Monday, March 2 – Sunday, May 3

We are now in week 4 of 8

Registration accepted during any week in a Session, except the final 8th week.

**CANCELED**

American Museum of Natural History Field Trip!

 

**CANCELED** On 3/21, join us for a field trip to NYC, to view the American Museum of Natural History’s special exhibit “The Nature of Color.” We have eighteen reserved spots for currently enrolled AAHP students ages 14 and over. After our timed walk through the special exhibit, we will do field sketching by the diorama of the life-sized African elephants until the museum closes. Please read all the trip details and register through the link below.

Join the AAHP’s Saturday afternoon course!

Hit the Wall! A Course in Mural Painting

**Enrolling Now!**

Mural painting is the ancient, world-wide, architectural fine art of painting on walls. Our new exciting course is available for ages 8-17.

This course introduces the youngster to a Western art history time line, and to many of the core traits that distinguish different cultural approaches to the mural across the ages.

Come learn deeply about this art form as you paint several small sections of take-home “wall” featuring your own murals.

Youngsters must have fully completed the AAHP Foundations of Studio Program with Chief Instructor Ana Soto-Canino and Senior Instructor Aaron Balavram.

Instructor: Amber Vizthum, AAHP Staff Instructor

Medium: acrylics

Tools and Gear: highly assorted

Supports: prepared plywood board (2×4 ft)

Register

**CANCELED**

Portfolio Prep Program (P3) Open House 3/27

Parents of soon-to-be 8th and 9th grade students are encouraged to attend our Spring Open House to learn all about the AAHP’s successful college placement program.  P3  assists students in creating a portfolio, editing college application essays, and offers skill enhancing workshops such as “Honing Your Interview Skills.” P3 may be beneficial to students applying to all arts related programs, as well as students applying to sciences, engineering, and business programs. The reason for this is that many schools accept additional materials to support student applications; a subject-themed portfolio and our many other services can help.  Ask us about our proven track record.

  • Newcomers meeting Friday 3/27 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Currently enrolled P3ers Friday 3/27 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Please send an RSVP email to aahpp3@gmail.com with the names of everyone attending.

Gift Certificates available at the AAHP!

Do you have a child or teen, or an adult friend who would love to attend a professional teaching art studio? Are you or your partner confused about what meaningful gift to offer anyone? Are your co-workers or staff restless for creative life?

At the AAHP, we’ve got you covered! Gift that special person  an AAHP Gift Certificate to attend our premier teaching studio!

Spotlight on the Studio Artist at the

Academy of Art of Highland Park

First Name: Prannit
Age: 12
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Fav Place in the Whole World: Paris, France
Fav animal: Dragon
Current Course/s at the AAHP: Drawing
Current Studio Challenge: Sandwiched Monster (lightest gray scale)
Support: Drawing Paper
Medium or Media: Graphite and wax color pencils
Key Techniques: Scumbling and blending
What is the most interesting or most fun thing about your challenge right now? “It’s cool that I get to invent my monster, and that it looks like it’s hiding behind the paper.”
Anything else you wish to add? “I love playing football, it’s a really fun hobby of mine!”

First Name: Nithin           
Age: 12
Favorite Food: Chicken and rice
Fav Place in the Whole World: California
Fav animal: Fox
Current Course/s at the AAHP: Watercolors
Current Studio Challenge: Triptych
Support: Watercolor paper
Medium or Media: Transparent watercolors
Key Techniques: Wash
What is the most interesting or most fun thing about your challenge right now? “I love all the different tools and materials, and using them for all the different parts of my painting.”
Anything else you wish to add? “I’ve been playing on baseball teams since I was seven, and I hope to go pro!.”

First Name: Nithin           
Age: 12
Favorite Food: Chicken and rice
Fav Place in the Whole World: California
Fav animal: Fox
Current Course/s at the AAHP: Watercolors
Current Studio Challenge: Triptych
Support: Watercolor paper
Medium or Media: Transparent watercolors
Key Techniques: Wash
What is the most interesting or most fun thing about your challenge right now? “I love all the different tools and materials, and using them for all the different parts of my painting.”
Anything else you wish to add? “I’ve been playing on baseball teams since I was seven, and I hope to go pro!.”

First Name: Olivia
Age: 9
Favorite Food: Alfredo Chicken Pasta
Fav Place in the Whole World: Disney World
Fav animal: Shítzu
Current Course/s at the AAHP: Watercolor
Current Studio Challenge: Watercolor Techniques
Support: Watercolor paper
Medium or Media: Transparent Watercolors
Key Techniques: 10 different watercolor application techniques
What is the most interesting or most fun thing about your challenge right now? “I love learning so many different things I can do with watercolors.”
Anything else you wish to add? “When I grow up, I want to be a baker. I love experimenting and tasting different things.”

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The Field School of the AAHP

 

The AAHP Hike-and-Sketch of August 2019

Next time we go outdoors (in October!) be sure to join us! We learn a lot, do a lot, and have a lot of fun while engaging in the artist’s practice of fieldwork.

Earlier this August, we had a blast at the Sourlands Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough, NJ. The outing served as the golden brooch to close our dynamic Summer Session 2019.

It was a beautiful blue-sky day under the trees.

Everyone contributed to a classic Potluck picnic with wonderful array of home-cooked foods: scrumptious things such as quinoa salad, Asian noodles, pasta salad, deviled eggs, diced fruit, good ol’ American Dirt Cake, chocolates, Chinese tarts and more. We spread out on blankets on the grass, and everyone mingled easy.

We followed that up with a free, how-to-and-why outdoor class on the deeply aesthetic and rewarding practice of fieldwork.

And then, to cap it off, we hiked to the natural boulder field called The Devil’s Half-Acre, where everyone found a spot to sit quietly, choose a subject or scene, and draw. Ana and Aaron coached.

A huge thanks to all who attended and made the day so gentle, creative, and beautiful!

Introducing Skin & Bones Studio

A Studio for Live Figure and Skeletal Anatomy Studies

Adults and teens 14 and over are invited to join the Skin and Bones Studio, our new live figure and skeletal anatomy drawing workshop.

Beginners can receive full instruction while seasoned artists are welcome to explore on their own. All materials are provided.

Student Gallery

STUDIO TEMPORARILY CLOSED

 

This is an important message from AAHP Director Ana E. Soto-Canino. In light of the national state of emergency declared by the US federal government on Friday March 13, 2020, the AAHP will close doors for all regular classes and work shifts, effective immediately. We will remain closed at least through next Friday, March 20. We will remain responsive and proactive to you as a cherished member of our community of creatives. We will remain highly present online through our website, and also through all our other communication channels.  Please stand by for detailed info for staff, client families, and practitioners of all ages.  As I have said continuously across our 22 years as a house built for, and by creatives, the time to be and remain creative--in the deepest, fullest and truest sense of the word---is always NOW.

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