HOLIDAYS CLOSED

  • WINTER BREAK
    Dec 23rd - Jan 3rd
    *studio closed
     
  • MLK DAY
    JANUARY 15TH
    *studio closed
  • PRESIDENT'S DAY
    February 19th
    *studio closed
  • SPRING BREAK
    March 30th - April 7th
    *studio closed
  • MEMORIAL WEEKEND
    May 25th - 27th
    *studio closed
  • SUMMER BREAK
    July 1st-7th
    *studio closed
  • STUDIO OPENS
    JULY 8TH
    *camps open
  • STUDIO OPENS
    August 1st
    *studio open
  • LABOR DAYS
    Sep 2nd - 4th
    *studio closed
  • HALLOWEEN
    Oct 31st - Nov 1st
    *studio closed
  • THANKSGIVING
    Nov 20th - 27th
    *studio closed
  • TO BE UPDATED
    next semester
  • TO BE UPDATED
    next semester
  • TO BE UPDATED
    next semester
  • WINTER BREAK
    Dec 23rd - Jan 3rd
    *studio closed
     
  • MLK DAY
    JANUARY 15TH
    *studio closed
  • PRESIDENT'S DAY
    February 19th
    *studio closed
  • SPRING BREAK
    March 9th - 17th
    *studio closed
  • MEMORIAL WEEKEND
    May 25th - 27th
    *studio closed
  • SUMMER BREAK
    July 1st-7th
    *studio closed
  • STUDIO OPENS
    JULY 8TH
    *camps open
  • LABOR DAYS
    Sep 2nd - 4th
    *studio closed
  • HALLOWEEN
    Oct 31 - Nov 1st
    *studio closed
  • THANKSGIVING
    Nov 20th - 27th
    *studio closed
  • TO BE UPDATED
    next semester

Turtle Gateway

Line Painting

Working with specialized brushes to create abstracted art emphasized by lines.

TORBLE

Bamboo Brush Painting

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Brushwork and line painting have been mastered by the artists of China, with their obsession with minimalism and capturing the true essence of being. As patient and careful as a neatly stacked pile of turtles, they’ve pursued the endless upward journey towards perfection.

The art of Chinese wash painting is deeply intertwined with the tools and materials used in its creation, known as the Four Treasures: brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. Each of these treasures plays a vital role in the creation of breathtaking artworks, allowing artists to express themselves with precision and fluidity.

Similarly, the Four Gentlemen, consisting of the orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom, symbolize the virtues cherished in Chinese culture. These subjects not only serve as motifs in paintings but also embody the principles of integrity, resilience, humility, and perseverance. It is said that if you could master painting the four gentlemen, then you’ve mastered the art of calligraphy.

Your transcendent journey begins with the examination of the beauty of a single line and the harmony of many. In the tradition of Chinese painting, capturing the essence of bamboo on delicate rice paper is a revered practice, where each stroke represents the artist’s connection to nature and mastery of brushwork.

Master Oamie’s Thoughts

I love the four treasures of chinese wash painting. I have a couple special sets of the at home that I only use on special occasions.

TORTORACLE

Canvas & Design Preparation

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After the previous lesson, your shell is no longer soft. It’s been hardened by experience, and you’re a much wiser turtle now. All wise turtles know to prepare before taking the next step; otherwise, one could tumble and get stuck on the back of their shell.

That means we have to take what we have learnt from our black and white wash painting and add color! Chinese wash painting art was primarily black and white until the Tang dynasty, where colors were gradually introduced. This expansion into color was influenced by cultural exchanges with neighboring regions and advancements in pigment, marking a natural evolution of the art form and favored styles.

As a reaction to your art trainer’s orders, you will evolve as an artist and design a colorful broken line painting utilizing Chinese artistic philosophies and Western art materials. Afterward, you’ll prep a canvas with gesso and transfer your design onto it. Be patient as the stoic turtle, and your artwork will emerge as fate has intended.

Master Oamie’s Thoughts

These paintings work out best when your reference has a lot of different textures like voluminous clouds, rocky cliffs and furry creatures

TORCEROR

Broken Painting

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Each separate brushstroke on the canvas combines to create a painting, just as each scute locks together to form a turtle shell. The transition to broken line painting, guided by the teachings of Torceror oamieMon, will undoubtedly test your understanding of line philosophy.

My master art teacher, Professor Paskewitz, introduced me to this abstract form of painting for its rich lessons. Among them is the mastery of a crucial yet underused paintbrush called the script liner, which enables artists to create thin, delicate lines.

This style of painting provides an excellent opportunity to delve into the realm of complementary colors. By experimenting with color combinations that enhance and contrast with each other, you might gain a deeper understanding of color theory and its application in your artwork, as long as your turtle shell is not overflowing.

Most importantly, broken line painting emphasizes the abstraction of an image and its translation into lines and textures. Through this process, artists learn to convey depth, movement, and emotion using minimalistic yet powerful elements. They discover the artistry in simplicity, honing their ability to capture the essence of a subject through expressive lines and subtle textures.

Master Oamie’s Thoughts

This abstract acrylic painting project is more difficult then the rules seem!

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