1. Instructor Spotlight: Lena Chandhok

    Lena Chandhok has been teaching at the 92Y Art Center since 2013. She has a love of drawing and painting, but is most passionate about comics. She received her BA in art from UC Santa Cruz in 2009 and her master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011.

    "Whether it’s exploring body language and expressions through figure drawing," she told us, "or contemplating my mixed heritage through autobiographical comics, I love to tell stories with my art.

    Her comics and illustration work have been featured in Slate and in anthologies such as “Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond ‘Gay’ and ‘Straight’,” which won Best Bisexual Nonfiction at the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards. She is also currently illustrating a nonfiction book for 12- to 15-year-olds.

    "I encourage my students to work with a wide variety of materials and techniques. After all, you never know what form inspiration will take. Helping them realize their creative visions inspires me, too—to me, teaching art and creating it are two sides of the same coin."

    Catch Lena at 92Y Art Center’s Drink & Draw at the Affordable Art Fair on Mon, Sep 29. Get a complimentary pass to both when you RSVP today!

  2. All About Beading – from 92Y Jewelry Center’s Faculty

    Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another.
     
    The simplest method is stringing beads on to a thin cord, thread or wire. (Beads may also be woven together employing the use of needle and thread.) Beadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing and knotting, bead embroidery, bead knitting, bead crochet.  Contemporary beadwork also encompasses combining wire and chain with beads and macramé with beads.

    Want to see some of the best in beadwork? Stop by 92Y’s main lobby and check out our display featuring the best of our student and teacher work. Or, make your own in one of our classes this fall.

  3. Chalk art is one of our favorite signs of summer. 92Y took over nearly the entire block at 91 St and Fifth Ave during yesterday’s Museum Mile Festival with colored chalk. Here’s our fabulous art teacher Lena Chandhok making our mark. It was so fun seeing everyone who came out yesterday to support New York’s great museums and the arts!
Want to take a class with Lena? Find out more and sign up here!

    Chalk art is one of our favorite signs of summer. 92Y took over nearly the entire block at 91 St and Fifth Ave during yesterday’s Museum Mile Festival with colored chalk. Here’s our fabulous art teacher Lena Chandhok making our mark. It was so fun seeing everyone who came out yesterday to support New York’s great museums and the arts!

    Want to take a class with Lena? Find out more and sign up here!

  4. Seen on the Lower East Side, soon to be seen on the Upper East Side. One way or another, Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein will be on our stage on May 28. With Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis, the music legends will be discussing their rock ‘n’ roll history, 40 years in the business, and new double CD package Blondie 4(0) Ever. Also, anyone know the artist who created this? We’d love to give them free tickets to the event. Tweet us @92Y if you know!

    Seen on the Lower East Side, soon to be seen on the Upper East Side. One way or another, Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein will be on our stage on May 28. With Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis, the music legends will be discussing their rock ‘n’ roll history, 40 years in the business, and new double CD package Blondie 4(0) Ever. Also, anyone know the artist who created this? We’d love to give them free tickets to the event. Tweet us @92Y if you know!

  5. We love the Google Doodles that replace Google’s main logo to commemorate holidays and special events. So we’re super excited that Audrey Zhang, an 11-year-old Art Center student in our Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts, is a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition! Google challenged young artists to draw a Google Doodle featuring their invention to make the world a better place, whittling the entries down to one finalist per state. Audrey is the finalist from New York!Vote for Audrey’s Google Doodle here, from now through May 9!
Here’s what Audrey has to say about her design:

“To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.”

Interested in Art Center Children’s or Teen classes? Click here to learn more. Summer intensives and fall after-school classes are on sale now.

    We love the Google Doodles that replace Google’s main logo to commemorate holidays and special events. So we’re super excited that Audrey Zhang, an 11-year-old Art Center student in our Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts, is a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition! Google challenged young artists to draw a Google Doodle featuring their invention to make the world a better place, whittling the entries down to one finalist per state. Audrey is the finalist from New York!

    Vote for Audrey’s Google Doodle here, from now through May 9!

    Here’s what Audrey has to say about her design:

    “To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.”

    Interested in Art Center Children’s or Teen classes? Click here to learn more. Summer intensives and fall after-school classes are on sale now.

  6. Instructor Spotlight: Wennie Huang

    Wennie Huang has been helping students put brush strokes on canvas for nine years at 92Y School of the Arts. Teaching the art of painting through watercolor, pastel and sketching, Huang says the skill is anything but paint by numbers. “It’s kind of like life—if you’re truly painting, then the sensation is akin to living on the edge, where at any time, you are between total loss and utter bliss.” Her students, however, have not been daunted by the art’s complexity and keep coming back. “I love my students and have learned so much from them over the years.” Huang, whose work has been featured at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Chicago Cultural Center, says she identifies with the values at 92Y. “It is a great feeling to be teaching here where my experience and skills are valued and supported within a nurturing community that encourages life-long learning through the arts.”

    Want to take a class with Wennie? Check out her course offerings here.

  7. Even art is feeling the love today! Happy Valentine’s Day! #ArtMatters #92YSOA

    Even art is feeling the love today! Happy Valentine’s Day! #ArtMatters #92YSOA

  8. Today’s #TuesdayTip comes to us from Amy Rinaldi, who will be teaching Mono-Printing at 92Y this March. But you don’t need to wait for the class to get started—download [PDF] this step-by-step to give your skills a test run!

    Today’s #TuesdayTip comes to us from Amy Rinaldi, who will be teaching Mono-Printing at 92Y this March. But you don’t need to wait for the class to get started—download [PDF] this step-by-step to give your skills a test run!

  9. #TuesdayTip from 92Y School of the Arts: Traveling with Watercolors by Melanie Kozol, MFA and 92Y Art Center Instructor

    Keep it light, make it small!

    Painting and travel are not mutually exclusive! When I travel and hike in the woods, I always take my watercolors and sketching material. Just keep it light, and make it small. Wondering what to bring? I suggest carrying a knapsack or small bag with a camera and these essential (light!) supplies:

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  10. Marina Abramović talks with Sir Norman Rosenthal at 92Y on Jun 26, 2013.

    Would you describe yourself as a political artist?

    "No, I don’t want to be in any category. I’m not political artist. I’m not a social artist. I’m not this, I’m not that. You know, the art has to have complexity and have many, many layers at the same time. Otherwise there will be just one. If it’s political, it’s like old newspaper; you read today and tomorrow it’s old." 

    Skip to the 2:09 mark to watch Marina tell you how to drink a glass of water. Watch the full one hour and 24 minute talk, on our YouTube