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

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Maria, adult practitioner, graphite and ink on paper

Director’s Greeting

Congratulations Anna!  And Thanks for Rocking our World!  

Here’s a wonderful example of what happens when we tap the hidden opportunities for creative life that hide inside our constraints. That is art.

This video animation was recently created by AAHP alumna Anna Boffice, one of our first students when the AAHP was still the Creative Genius Workshop, on my kitchen table, here in Highland Park. Anna was an amazing member of our community throughout her childhood and teens years, in her roles as studio practitioner, volunteer and  employee. Her sister, Andrea, and mother Stephanie—our longest running studio practitioner to this day—have also played very large and important roles in building our community of creatives.

 The piece is titled Stay-at-Home Commute. Ana presented it as her final project for the class, “Mapping Philadelphia”, a graduate-level course in Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Her teacher was Paul Farber.

 The project centered on “a close study” of any region of the city of Philadelphia, at any scale. “I decided to use the assignment,” said Anna, “to explore a facet of my personal relationship with the city in the time of COVID-19. The pandemic,” she added, “eliminated my routine interaction with the larger part of the city through my daily commute to work. I used to travel from one end of the city to the other every day, and now I rarely journey more than a few blocks. My goal was to re-create and re-imagine my commute as I remember it, within the confines of my new stay-at-home “commute”, using materials within reach.”

Check out Philadelphia Magazine’s article on Anna’s project https://www.phillymag.com/news/2020/05/16/best-thing-stop-motion-video-commute/ 

Please send the Academy of Art of Highland Park a love note in this time of crisis!

Visit mainstreethp.org and click on the first link to post your message! (BTW, the window that is pictured under this link, full of love notes in 2019, is the studio’s window, full of your notes! Our community of artists rock!)

Works by our special needs students

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Session V Spring 2020

The Studio runs in consecutive 8 week Sessions

Monday, May 4 – Sunday, June 28

We are now in week 5 of 8

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

SESSION V UPDATE

Live Studio

All live studio classes and operations remain closed to all students and staff during 2020 Spring Session V, (May/June).

P3

P3 classes still pending from Winter/Spring Session IV are moving online, starting on the first week of May 2020.

Pending Session IV Classes

These classes remain temporarily postponed. Thank you for your patience as we create strategies to fulfill them.

Open Registration

Open registration for all new students remains temporarily closed.

Join Our Weekly Creative Challenges & Online Gallery!

Everyone in our community of artists is invited to partake in our exciting, bi-weekly online challenges while self-sheltering at home. Please visit our new and growing online gallery to see what AAHP practitioners of all ages have been creating at home!

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.”

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

Take The Challenge!

 
The third AAHP art challenge has started. Scroll below for more information on the new challenge or click here to view the gallery.
 
Maria, adult practitioner, graphite and ink on paper

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