QUIZ: How much do you know about AMPD?

Written By: Lucia Llano

Think you know all there is to know about AMPD? Now’s your chance to prove it!  Take our super tough AMPD quiz and see how much you know about the faculty you’ve devoted so much of your life to!

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Artist Spotlight: Kaws

Written By: Nima A.K.

Brian Donnelly, best known as Kaws, is a New York-based artist. He was born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in New York in 1996, he worked as a freelance animator for Disney, where he made a name for himself designing limited edition toys and clothing.  This helped to spark his career as an internationally acclaimed artist, exhibiting his art in sculpture and installation media in museums and galleries around the world.

Kaws, Good Intentions, 2015, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England.

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Art Stuff for Dummies: EMBROIDERY

Written By: Liana

Hi, I’m Liana! Every month I’ll be taking on a new art form that I’m interested in, and I’ll be working though the process of teaching myself how to do it. This month I’m teaching myself embroidery!

Embroidery is essentially the embellishing of fabric (or paper, or … anything) using a needle and thread, and sometimes also beads and sequins. Although nowadays the process is usually done using sewing machines and other, more efficient technologies, people still do it by hand as well. Thanks to social media, embroidery is having a bit of resurgence in the modern art sphere. This resurgence can be attributed to embroidery’s kitschy look, but also must be attributed to the female artists who are reclaiming the stereotypically feminine pastime to create conceptual feminist works of art.

If you need some inspiration, here are a few Instagram artists that I am a big fan of: @crossstitchcult @vickinerino (the kulls!) @milky.tea__ @zoebuckman (her work ‘Champ’) @westcozy @tinycup_ @stitchezwithattitude @times.new.romance @hanecdote

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Artists vs Creatives: Which Are We?

Written By: Chevon

Someone once asked me if I was an Artist or a Creative.  My response was “What is the difference anyway?  Aren’t all Artists also Creatives and all Creatives, Artists?” The distinction between the two can be difficult to identify until both are more clearly defined.  Artists are experts, masters in their art form.  Creatives, on the other hand, are those with the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.  They are imaginative, innovative, and experimental, but not necessarily professional as Artists are. Read More

playGround 2018

Written by: Madeleine

Have you heard of playGround? I mean, obviously you’ve heard of playgrounds before; after all, we were all 5-years-old once. But I’m not talking about those kinds of playgrounds; I’m talking about playGround Festival (the capitalization here is VERY important)! playGround is like York’s very own Fringe festival. Students can submit a concept and a script of a monodrama, and from that, a panel of students collectively picks the final line up.

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The 3 Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned at University

Written by: Peter Widdrington

I’ve been around the block when it comes to universities, so I have a little more experience than the average student when it comes to different undergrads.  Thanks to this, I think I’ve learned a thing or two about the university experience and how to tailor it to my needs, plus figure out the way to get the most out of it.  Read More

Art Stuff for Dummies: Inktober

Written By: Liana Shaw

Hi, I’m Liana! Every month I’ll be taking on a new art form that I’m interested in, and I’ll be working though the process of teaching myself how to do it. This month I’m participating in Inktober!

Inktober is something that artists participate in worldwide during the month of October. Creatives challenge themselves to make art everyday. People use different mediums, but the most popular form that I’ve seen on social media, and the one I will be doing this month, is drawing. I’m hoping to introduce a creative habit into my daily routine, and I’ve also always been impressed by people who can find time to write (and not just type) every day, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to explore! Read More

Nurturing Your Art by Supporting Others

Written by: Lucia Llano

As emerging artists, it is often that we find ourselves promoting our work and constantly seeking support for our art. However, how often do we see a theatre show, a dance performance or visit an art gallery? How often do we actually support our fellow art students?

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