Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meddling With Nature Workshop April 26th

Meddling with Nature will present a DIY workshop focused on the Naturalist
perspective and the artistry of taxidermy. This intensive introduction will include
not only the procurement and preparation of specimens, but also previously
dissected specimens for participants to touch with their own hands and see with
their own eyes. Sketching and photography are encouraged!

Materials will be presented in an interactive manner, allowing participants to
engage directly with questions rather than waiting for a particular moment. Those
who wish to explore should be ready and willing to get their hands dirty!

Assistants will be on hand to help with instruction, allowing those more interested
in studio time to explore organ systems and anatomy should something pique
their interest on the other side of the room.

The workshop entails 4 hours of participatory activities on preservation methods
common to the natural history museum:
• Hands-on preservation of a fornasinius russus beetle
• Demo of skeletal cleaning and articulation
• Wet preservation, clearing/staining and plastination
• Ethically sourcing material and handling road kill
• Introduction to taxidermy

Cost: $45 per person; $30 for students. Class size limited to 30 people.

Location: Art Academy of Cincinnati, Main Auditorium

1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Register: Online at

CEU: AMI has approved this activity for 0.3 Art credits
About the Instructor: Jeremy Johnson is a trained taxidermist, skeletal
preparator, entomological collector and above all, a Naturalist true to the
spirit of the Victorian era. A graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy, he has
exhibited in several fine art shows, films, and given public dissections and
lectures. He and his team at Meddling with Nature believe that going to the
source is the best likely chance for successful illustration and display.

This looks like a great workshop! Who is in?

Illustrators Lunch at Bronte Bistro is Cancelled today

Lunch is cancelled today. Stay warm and safe!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Summer artist positions...

Hey Everyone,

I know it's still cold and we are expecting more snow, but around here our artists are gearing up for the Summer and therefore we are looking for artists to work at our Beach Water park location this Summer.....this job is all about doing ART All day, Every day. This is a very exciting job opportunity for any Art students that any of you might know, High School or College. It is very flexible, which works well for students and is an opportunity for them to learn a new medium as well as actually make money using their talents.

Artist Position; Duties will include: Custom painting of apparel and miscellaneous items with standard airbrush designs, as well as custom artwork requested by the customer. Ideally we are looking for Art students who have good drawing ability and outgoing personalities. Airbrush experience is a plus but not particularly necessary. We want to see a portfolio which shows us airbrush experience(if any), drawing ability, a grasp of color, form and perspective. Please have them contact us at the phone number included to set up a time to meet with us and show a portfolio.

If any of you know any Students that you feel would be interested I would truly appreciate you letting them know about this opportunity.

Thanks everyone

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Making It Showing at the Art Academy Friday, February 27th

Come to the Art Academy Friday, February 27th, 5-8 p.m. for the screening of "Making It" followed by a Q&A with the Director Anthony Moorman and Creator Woodrow Hinton.


“Making It” is a Documentary about the daily struggles of making a living, staying creative, and making it all up as we go along. The documentary follows three Illustrators, Andrew Bawidamann, Eric Fortune, and Brian Ewing. 

Also check out Anthony Moorman's next project, a film about C. F. Payne: 

Sketch Outing at Krohn Conservatory

Sketch by Amy Bogard
Amy Bogard, Vanessa Sorensen and I recently took an afternoon to sketch at the Krohn Conservatory. It is one of our favorite spots, especially during the winter. We long to sketch outdoors; cherry blossom season cannot come too soon!

Check out Amy's post here:

Check out Vanessa's post here:

Sketch by Vanessa Sorensen
Sketch by Christina Wald

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carol Tyler: Bridging Cultures Through Art Talks

 The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) has teamed up with Vice Mayor David Mann’s office to bring cultures and communities together through art talks. 

Our 1st, “Bridging Cultures Through Art” will take place Friday, February 27, 2015, 11am-12NOON, Room 115 in City Hall. 

The featured artist is cartoonist Carol Tyler. Ms. Tyler will give an overview of how the social fabric of Cincinnati informs her work. She will also take questions about using art as a tool to unify.

By the way, check out Carol's new Beatles blog. It will run through August, then it’ll be a book.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Storytelling in Books and Comics: Christina Wald Lecture at the Art Academy

I will be doing a lunchtime lecture at the Art Academy tomorrow at 11:30 am as part of the Slam Bam Comic Jam.

It is called Storytelling in Books and Comics.

Here is the Facebook event page:

Hope to see you there!
From Why the Possum has a Large Grin by Johnette Downing

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Animated Short by Cincinnati Native Up for an Oscar This Evening

Animator Patrick Osborne's Disney short is up for an Oscar.

He is from Green Township and is a Xavier HS grad. He studied art at the Ringling School of Art and Design.

People who went to DAAP in Industrial Design may remember his father Tom Osborne teaching drawing (Design Communications). Tom was also a design director at Kenner Toys.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a write up here:

UPDATE: He won! He gave a shout out to Cincinnati no less! I will see if there are any video interviews. This is pretty huge!

New link: 

Cartoon Brew interview about the short:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gallery Opening Wednesday February 25th at Miller Gallery


Please join us for
A Gallery Opening | Party to Welcome
Hosted by Miller Gallery’s Regional Artists
February 25 from 6-8pm
John Agnew
David Michael Beck
Tom Bluemlein
John Michael Carter
Ryan Flanagan
Pam Folsom
Carlos Gamez de Francisco
Adam Hayward
Rob Jefferson
Dhani Jones
Ober Rae Starr Livingston
Mathew Metzger
Deborah Morrissey McGoff
Painting by David Michael Beck

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Year of the Goat —or Sheep

A bit of levity for the snow day: This isn't a tradition I adhere to religiously, but when Chinese New Year rolls around, I get into doodling rats, dragons and other animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year we say goodbye to the year of the horse and hello to the sheep/goat/ram. 
Chinese New Year coincides with the beginning of Lent this year, so an Ash Wednesday goat seemed apropos.