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Chowaniec Projects’s “Stardust Travel Agency” (image courtesy Alex and Chris Chowaniec)

From alternative art schools and more traditional academies to online tutorials and independent workshops, there’s no shortage of ways for the aesthetically inquisitive to learn how to make art today. But few experiences can quite match the eclecticism and delight of BombPop!Up, an artist-run series of events now in its third iteration, taking place this weekend at the National Academy of Design.

Caroline Wells Chandler and Jennifer Coates, “The Swing” (2018), from their current collaborative exhibition at Crush Curatorial (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Under the guidance of National Academician David Humphrey, the weekend’s offerings will include crash course presentations and tutorials on everything from creating reliquaries and pagan votive candles (with artist Sheila Pepe), to a collaborative drawing session led by frequent collaborators Caroline Wells Chandler and Jennifer Coates, and a tarot reading class led by painter Inka Essenhigh. And don’t worry, all that learning will be accompanied with plenty of opportunities to unwind, with nightly performances and coordinated movement experiences (i.e. dance parties).

When: Friday, June 15–Sunday, June 17
Where: National Academy of Design (5 East 89th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

“How To” painting by David Humphrey (courtesy the artist)

More info at BombPop!Up.

Benjamin Sutton

Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy Sherman, and other divisive issues have...

3 replies on “Artists Teach You How To Make Collaborative Drawings, DIY Reliquaries, Read Tarot, and More”

  1. I am not sure if art can be taught. It is a great plus to know some history, but after all the great artists of the past became great by competing with themselves, not learning from others.
    Sure, even Gogh had his influences, but in our informational era, I think, to become a true artist, one has to just “do”.
    As for Tarot readings, there are plenty of free resources online like http://www.learntarot.com/ if you want to get serious and become a professional. Or if you just want a free reading you can try the readings of https://spiritnavigator.com/
    Whatever your ultimate goal is with Tarot, you should keep in mind that it’s not just gimmick. It’s an ancient art that holds great mysticism and wisdom, which combined with psychology can bring out a lot of the hidden facts from under the table.
    Good luck to you all!

    1. So some say, Yenura, but the joy methinks is in the conversation, which is one definition of art. Art comes in many flavors for sure and besides fortune-telling art is good for bringing possibilities to light. There are many techniques which can be shared and there is that spark which arrives with or without technique or even grace. Surprise yourself!

  2. With some hope that I might hear about the next event before it takes place so I might witness it!

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