HARRIS. Art Academy to Open December 21 as Area’s First Art School to Encourage Expressionism, Using Modern Media in New Art Education Approach

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Classes at Howell, N.J. art school will be offered in a broad range of contemporary media and platforms to enhance individual creative expression

We are trying to change the landscape of art education. Typical art classes are not being taught using modern media that make sense today . . . HARRIS. Art Academy is not old school, it's expressionism.

Artist Candice Harris of West Freehold saw a need in the community for a different kind of art school, with flexible instruction and creative exploration she will offer at the HARRIS. Art Academy. Located at 2211 U.S. Highway 9 North, the innovative art school is slated to start online classes on December 21.

Courses will be offered for children (age 3 and up) and adults, in a broad range of mixed media. They will be delivered in person as well as virtually from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays; online sessions have capacity up to 100 people per class with an interactive, multi-camera experience. Registration is open at https://www.harrisartacademy.com/classes.

Harris explained that her novel approach to art instruction is driven by the passion to support aspiring artists and give them the tools they need to succeed in today’s art world.

“We are trying to change the landscape of art education,” said Harris. “We’re going to teach the foundational skills using today’s materials, and give students an experience they won’t find elsewhere. Typical art classes are not being taught using modern media that make sense today, nor taught in ways that foster broader creative expression. HARRIS. Art Academy is not old school, it’s expressionism.”

Addressing the contemporary art world, HARRIS. Art Academy will also offer classes in resin, watercolor, oil, acrylic, paper maché, illustration, anime, pour painting, sneaker design, print making, silk screening and YouTube channel creation. Students will be able to cross platforms to explore different media and styles, in classes offered in flexible blocks of months, with the ability to attend as personal schedules permit.

“HARRIS. Art Academy is the only program where no one has to be stuck in one platform if it’s not working for them creatively. There’s no right or wrong here, no rigidity; it’s about expressing yourself and seeing where your imagination takes you. We’re going to make a mess here as students keep advancing and trying new media that attract them,” said Harris.

In addition to classes, HARRIS. Art Academy will host semi-annual seminars—led by noted artists—to help nurture students who are pursuing a formal arts education. Four weeks per year, the academy will become an art gallery for students to exhibit and sell their artwork, and to celebrate the instructors and students.

“Art is critical at this time; people are lonely, kids can’t stay online all the time—they need to try something fun and broaden their creative horizons, while we broaden the landscape of what modern art concepts look like today,” said Harris. “My team and I are committed to producing an awesome experience for everyone.”

A grand opening event featuring Victor Sanz, creative director at TUMI—the international leader in travel, business and lifestyle accessories—will be held in early 2021 and will include a fundraising component for students at Pratt Institute, where Harris and Sanz attended art school.

For more information about HARRIS. Art Academy’s instructors and courses, visit https://www.harrisartacademy.com/meet-our-creative-team. You can also follow on Facebook at https.://http://www.facebook.com/Harris-Art-Academy.

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