Monday, October 24, 2011

Still Life Drawing and Painting

Come join us this Spring for a Still Life Pen and Ink/Drawing Class with Mark Henry, Rebecca King or John MacKah or Anatomy with Michael Smith! Classes open to individuals with a passion to learn more about drawing, painting and the art of fine art! For more information, go to our website at: www.FineArtsLeague.org and feel free to register for our Spring Classes which begin January 23rd! Pre-registration deadline is: November 15th!

As you know art and music enable the brain to function at a more creative level. See the quotes below:

"Play keeps us fit physically and mentally. "

Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American Psychiatrist

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."

Carl Jung, Swiss Pychoanalyst, 1875–1961

The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas located in the historic River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina. Feel free to call us with any question you may have: (828) 252-5050!

Friday, October 21, 2011

SPRING REGISTRATION 2012- November 12th

The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas - located in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina. A unique school dedicated to classical realism and fine art!

SPRING SEMESTER:January 23—April 20, 2012
Monday through Friday (12 week classes, combined with a non-profit art school whose specialty is FRESCO and FINE ARTS) See more at:
• Course 101S— Materials Course: Monday, 2-5 pm. Instructor: JP Sullivan.
• Course 102S—Fundamental Drawing II: Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-1 pm. Mark Henry.
• Course 103S— Fundamental Painting II: Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5pm. Mark Henry.
• Course 104S—Intro. To Landscape & Still Life Drawing 1: Monday and, 10am-1pm. Rebecca King.

• Course 201S— Cast Drawing II: Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-1pm. John Dempsey.
• Course 202S— Anatomy II: Monday and Wednesday, 10am-1pm. Michael Smith.
• Course 204S— Portrait Drawing II: Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5pm. John Dempsey.
• Course 205S— Landscape and Still Life Painting II: Tuesday and Thursday 2-5pm. John Mac Kah.

• Course 300S— Artistic Anatomy II: Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-1pm. Michael Smith.
• Course 301S— Advanced Landscape and Still Life Painting II: Monday and, 2-5pm. John Mac Kah.
• Course 304S— Sculpture II, Friday, 2-5pm. TBA.

• Course 401S— Long Pose Figure Drawing/Painting II: Monday and Thursday, 2-5pm. Michael Smith (Monday). Roger Nelson (Thursday).
• Course 402S/POST GRAD.— Fresco II: Friday, 10am-5pm. Roger Nelson.
• Course 403S/POST GRAD.— Figure and Portrait Drawing/Painting II: Monday and, 2-5pm. John Dempsey and Ben Long.
• Course 203S/Etching I: Friday 10am-1pm. John Dempsey.
• Course 204S/Pastels I: Friday 2-5pm Mark Henry.
• Course 303S— Composing Illustrations From Literary Works II: Friday, 10am-1pm. Al Ramirez.
Evening Classes
• Course 203S— Anatomy II: Tuesday and Wednesday 6-9pm. Michael Smith.
• Course 300S— Portrait Painting II: Thursday and Friday 6-9pm. Roger Nelson.

DATES TO REMEMBER for SPRING registration:
• November 15 Pre-registration deadline.(Pre-register and one weekend workshop at ½ price).
January 20: Open registration deadline.
• January 23: Classes begin.
April 2-6: spring break.
April 20: Classes end.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

TED Speaker, Author & Founder of National Institute for Play: Dr. Stuart L. Brown

introduces Dr. Stuart L. Brown to discuss the affects of PLAY and ART on the Brain.

WHERE: Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 7:00 PM
TICKETS: Available at Diana Wortham Theatre at
COST: Educators, Students & Seniors: $15.00 Adults: $25.00

Stuart L. Brown, MD trained in General and Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Clinical research.

Upon his broad based evaluations of highly creative individuals, he revealed the centrality of playfulness to their success and well-being. Dr. Brown broadened his scope of interest to include the evolution and nature of play behavior, and its manifestations in human story and art. This led to a long-term affiliation with mythologist scholar, Joseph Campbell.

The National Geographic Society sponsored Dr. Stuart Brown's exploration of animal play in the wild, resulting in his authoring a Society magazine cover article and the production of an Explorer TV program, each on animal play behavior.

Dr. Brown's recent years of independent scholarship and exploration of the evolution and neuroscience of human and animal play have helped to focus a central commitment bringing the promises and stories of play into general cultural consciousness and to the establishment of the National Institute for Play (NIFP). (

Dr. Brown has authorized the recently released Avery/Penguin Book, PLAY: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul.

This lecture/event assuredly sheds a different light on the importance of art for all persons no matter what their age!

Find out more about art by reviewing our course offerings at www.FineArtsLeague.Org.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fine Arts League Gallery presents Paul Blankinship Oct. 14th @ 6 PM :: Fine Arts League of the Carolinas | MyNewsletterBuilder

Painting and Drawings

Friday, October 14th at its gallery
in the Historic Grove Arcade, 1 Page Avenue, Ste. 115
in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Opening Reception: 6 pm

            Born in Richmond, Va., Paul Blankinship grew up in Virginia and North Carolina, shunning the company of grown-ups for that of forest, swamp and open water.
The great gift of his childhood was access to the landscape, at first through hunting and fishing with his maternal grandfather, and later, exploration for its own sake.  In time, he gained an acquaintance with wilderness, farmland, abandoned areas, and places in between.  
 Blankinship studied drawing while a teenager under Phyllis Biddle in Richmond before attending the College of William and Mary and Duke University, where he earned degrees in English and theology, respectively.  He currently studies painting at The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas.  His work is collected in the United States and the United Kingdom.
 “Persuasion in a realist landscape is in the handling of the air.  Time and atmosphere do not merely surround and wash over a landscape; they are the landscape just as much as the place is, as things are.  I paint them because they deserve regard.” 
            Paul Blankinship’s landscapes in oil arrest the viewer by telling the truth and giving thanks at the same time.  He paints places by placing moments.  Words cannot do this. 
            Paul Blankinship paints the North Carolina landscape with accuracy and evocation.  He fixes vision and atmosphere in dust, oil and sinew, making the foreign accessible and the common arresting. 

Fine Arts League Gallery presents Paul Blankinship Oct. 14th @ 6 PM :: Fine Arts League of the Carolinas | MyNewsletterBuilder