by FAS grad Christina Cooper
by FAS grad Pam Rice
by FAS grad Robert Heindel
by FAS grad Charles Reid
by FAS instructor Dolph LeMoult
Famous Artists School alumni continue to thrive and to excel. Some exhibit their work in galleries; some have gone on to fulfilling careers in commercial art; others continue their art education by taking additional FAS Courses. Some students even became Guiding Faculty members.
The Famous Artists Course covers all the basics necessary for a well-rounded art education. I graduated from a top art college, but the Famous Artists Course completed much that my education left untapped. Many times, I have referred other artists to the Famous Artists School on top of other drawing and painting classes they are currently taking.
I feel art is a long process, and my critiques from the Famous Artists School Painting Program have clarified many issues. I really enjoyed completing each assignment in a timely manner and looking forward to the response back. The course does require hard work, but it’s most rewarding.
I first learned about Famous Artists School more than 40 years ago in the Netherlands, when my dad took the Course. At that time, I was impressed by the drawings and paintings by Norman Rockwell, Harold von Schmidt, Albert Dorne, and Jon Whitcomb. I read many chapters of the textbooks and tried to paint the demonstrations. Many years later I took classes in still life oil painting at an art academy. Now I live in Germany, in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape, which inspired me to enroll in the FAS Oil and Watercolor Painting Master Course.
For me, art is a visual expression of feelings. I would rather interpret a scene by drawing or painting it than by taking a photograph. I enjoy using a wide range of materials such as pencil, colored pencil, watercolor, opaque watercolour, oil paint, and India ink with pen or brush.
I believe I am a born artist. I’ve always known what I wanted to be: a designer like my father.
My first commercial venture was in high school, when I was commissioned to do portraits. People actually paid me! My actual introduction to commercial art and design was through the Famous Artists School, which opened up a whole new world of light, shadow and perspective. I began the Famous Artists Course in my sophomore year of high school. The lessons were personal and never intimidating. The resources and tools were beautifully presented. The list of contributing artists and instructors was quite impressive. I knew immediately that this was going to be my major when I went to college. I also decided that commercial art was the direction, because the section on creating ads was my favorite.
When I started FAS, I was in my late twenties. I had four children at the time and could not attend evening classes because I was working two jobs. FAS allowed me to do school work at my own pace. The course was better than any classes I have attended for art instruction. It was more centered around commercial application which is what I needed. It allowed me to continue my career in Graphic Design with the tools I needed to compete and added to my resume. I used textbooks as reference when I taught Graphic Design in a vocational school in Massachusetts.
Since retirement, I have been creating Fine Art Water Color and Acrylic paintings and have won several awards. Please visit my websites: 2-anthony-ross.fineartamerica.com/ and artofnewengland.com (Art of New England).
I have enjoyed and benefited from studying with Famous Artists School for the last several years. I was fortunate to have had such an outstanding instructor, Hank McLaughlin, throughout the entire time. He gave positive and encouraging suggestions on my work; I always looked forward to his critiques.
Each FAS assignment’s purpose and guidance for practice in learning new techniques is very clear. Specific references and other assistance are provided when requested. The critiques of assignments were objective and there was a sincere interest in helping me to see the central idea of the lesson.