Featured Art Teacher: Kate Stewart – Holt School of Fine Art


Kate Stewart 1I’ve been an art educator for six years, and the most important lesson I have had to learn is that every child is unique in how they see, hear, interpret, understand, and create. My students range in age from 7-18 and their interests and abilities are as variable as their ages. All students work at a pace that suits them best, so I do not teach to a group, but rather to an individual. I attribute my success, and the success of my students, to my ability in the classroom to adapt to and be flexible for each of them individually.

As an artist myself, I must regularly practice my craft in order to make creative and technical connections in my own work and in the classroom. I take classes and experiment with new artistic processes in order to continue educating myself. I share my new learning experiences with my students to encourage them to try new things and to always be willing to learn new concepts. I have found through my personal practice and

Kate Stewart - The Accomplices - 18x18, oil on canvas, 2017

Kate Stewart – The Accomplices…

education that problem solving in my own creative process helps me problem solve when it comes to my students’ work; and likewise, when they find a problem solution in their creations, it provides me insight for issues I may be experiencing in my own art.

The constant shift between my own painting and my time in the classroom has made me stronger both as an artist and a teacher, and I consider myself to be extraordinarily fortunate to be both a practicing artist and an art educator – two activities I love and hope to continue doing for a very long time.

Kate Stewart collaborative mural project

One of the many murals my students have done for the community. The theme of this one is Celebrating Diversity and was donated to a local nonprofit called Project 658. We have also done murals for Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte Lab School, and the Dilworth Artisan Station

Kate Stewart DAS mural Life in Transit

A mural which is a collaboration between my teen students and I which spans the 20 empty windows on the façade of the Dilworth Artisan Station. My students and I competed against professional artists for the winning design and our work will be featured on the building for 1 year

Kate Stewart Figure Drawing workshop with live model

Showing one of the many opportunities I offer to my students who are interested in figure drawing. Several times a year we bring in a live model for them to learn from

Kate Stewart Self portrait 12 year old

One of my students at work during a portrait workshop.

Kate Stewart still life with 12 yr student

Showing how many of my students learn new techniques in the classroom by drawing from life.



Featured Student Artist: Sheridan Lalicker


SheridanLalickerSheridan is a top ten winner from our summer 2017 national art contest for artwork “Remedy Memory“.

Hi, my name is Sheridan Lalicker and I’m an artist from Southern California. I am a student at Orange County School of the Arts in the Visual Arts Conservatory. One of my classes last year was Beginner’s Computer Graphics and our final project was a hyper-realistic digital painting. I had no idea what I wanted to paint, but I definitely wanted to challenge myself. I decide to paint something I really enjoy – hair! I was looking everywhere for images to use for the project and ended up referring to an image by a model who goes by the name “hiolivejuicee.” Not only did the image have super messy hair, but it used art-num-151016189complementary colors. It was perfect! In the future, I’d like to continue improving my art skills and exploring my style. But most importantly, I want to create art that inspires others, and myself as well. If you’d like to check out more of my art, my instagram is @pinkrubyrose

Featured Student Artist: Amanda Stetz


Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 3.10.24 PMAmanda is a top ten winner from our summer 2017 national art contest for her artwork “Bound.”

My name is Amanda Stetz and I am currently a senior at Clifton High School. For the past several years, I have been heavily invested in all aspects of the visual arts, and consider it my passion. I am self-taught and enjoy using colored pencils and oil paints the most when creating my work. My inspiration for my painting Bound is centered around my love for self portraits, and my rationale that my portraits reflect art-num-210471458my current realities. In the future, I would like to pursue a double major in Fine Art and either Architecture or Engineering. My ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D. in my chosen field and become a college professor.

Featured Student Artist:


art Gabriella TarantinoGabriella was named a Top Ten Winner in our summer 2017 national poetry contest for her piece “Harmony“.

My name is Gabriella Tarantino, and I am honored to be selected as a top ten artist, for my piece “Harmony”. I am 11 years old, and a sixth grader at Our Lady of Loretto school. I have always loved to draw, paint and create all kinds of art. I enjoy working with all media: oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, pastels and more. For this specific drawing, I was inspired by my love of nature and animals. I used the art-num-875444457zentangle method to create the interesting patterns.
In the future I plan to continue to create and study art. I enjoy sharing my art with others, and hope to be able to show my work in galleries someday!

Featured Student Artist: Meghana Basi


This is me!!Meghana is a top ten winner from our summer 2017 national art contest for her piece “The Formidable Apple“. 

Hi, I’m Meghana Basi, a 14 yrs old professional artist/student at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick MA. Art is not just my passion, I do it because, I have to…it is my breath, my lifeline!

I believe in capturing the perception and emotion of everything! I myself am an abstract impressionist artist and can play with my brush, with color vibrancy, but the pleasing perception and a balanced emotion is remembered most about my works. I often feel I lived their lives, so I could easily relate to all my characters! art-num-978540161

My life experiences inspired me to create this work. People wish to live the life of their dreams, but we aren’t aware of the obstacles in our paths and I’ve seen people failing in their lives. So, I’d be wide awake, and aware of these obstacles by preparing myself emotionally and physically to be very powerful to achieve my dreams.

My goal is to create a unique identity for myself as a surreal artist, and give enormous joy and contentment to the souls of my creative supporters through my works.

I’m thrilled to hear about my win for my art “THE FORMIDABLE APPLE”! Thank you, Celebrating Art and Blick Art!

Featured Student Artist: Michelle Fang


Michelle Fang art PictureMy piece is called “Warming Hands” and it was published in the 2016 Summer Issue.

I am a junior attending Flower Mound High School. Art has played an integral part of my life; I’ve completed AP Art my sophomore year and now I paint murals for local elementary schools and compete in regional and state art competitions.

At my school, I am the Vice President of National Art Honor Society, where I conduct outreach projects to retirement homes and portrait painting projects to orphanages in Ghana and Brazil. Not only has art helped me connect with my community, art has also allowed me to pursue my passion for creativity and express my experiences in a very unique way that transcends culture and age.

My particular interests lie painting oil, watercolor, and charcoal techniques. I work on my portfolio at Steve Ko’s Private Art studio every week. Throughout my high school years, I became curious about capturing fleeting memories and moments of art-num-367385376happiness so in my self portrait, Warming Hands, my purpose was to illustrate the warming our hands in the winter was short but sweet. My style of painting is not exaggerative, instead I aim to communicate emotions to my audience through subtle details in the eye, color choice, and brush stroke methods.

In the future, I hope to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and major in design. I will be updating my portfolio on https://michellefang533.wixsite.com/michellefangart .

Featured Student Artist: Morgan Rogers


Morgan Rogers art IMG_2204My name is Morgan Rogers, I am fifteen years old and I started drawing when I was thirteen. I taught myself how to draw by studying other artwork and photographs and I have taken a lot of interest in photorealistic art. I was inspired to create my piece Serenity by a girl I saw once. She looked incredibly peaceful and calm, and I wanted to create a portrait that conveyed this same state of mind, thus resulting in Serenity! I currently continue to art-num-288628676create many portraits and I have begun experimenting with oil paint. One of my goals for the future is to be a national medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. I also can’t wait to see what i will be able to create in the future!