Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Traditional Art / Professional Clara LieuFemale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 3 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 891 Deviations 651 Comments 131,612 Pageviews
×

Newest Deviations

deviantID

claralieu's Profile Picture
claralieu
Clara Lieu
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a professor, writer, and visual artist. I write an advice column for visual artists called "Ask the Art Professor" which is featured in the Huffington Post. I currently teach in the Illlustration department at the Rhode Island School of Design. In the past I have taught in RISD Foundation Studies, the RISD Printmaking department, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Wellesley College, and at the Lesley University College of Art and Design. For four years I was the Director of the Jewett Gallery.

My studio practice explores isolation and mental illness through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. I have exhibited my work at the International Print Center New York, Bromfield Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center. I have received grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation.

Activity


When I met ART PROF Teaching Assistant Yves-Olivier Mandereau for 5 years ago in my freshman drawing class, I had no idea how petrified he was of drawing at the time. claralieu.wordpress.com/2016/0…
I knew what ART PROF Teaching Assistant Annie Irwin was all about before we even spoke a word to each other. wp.me/pasJI-47r
I am pleased to announce the arrival of ART PROF: a free, online educational platform for visual arts that I have worked on for the past 2 years !  Make a donation today to our Kickstarter Campaign and help bring art education to people of all ages who want and need art education, but who have no means of access. www.kickstarter.com/projects/8…


I am pleased to announce the arrival of ART PROF: a free, online educational platform for visual arts that I have worked on for the past 2 years with my phenomenal partner Thomas Lerra from WGBH, and a 16 person team of amazing Teaching Assistants and Interns.

ART PROF is truly the most exhilarating, terrifying, and thrilling project I have ever worked on. I am so incredibly proud of my extraordinary team for making what seemed like just pie in the sky into reality. Our prototype is finished, so our final step is to raise funds to make ART PROF free for all!

I hope you will consider a donation-you can help bring art education to people of all ages who want and need art education, but who have no means of access. Even the smallest donations can add up! And if you can't donate, please share our 2 min. preview video below! DONATE HERE

last_blast

In 2014, I had a fleeting thought for a project that seemed like complete pie in the sky. As an artist, ideas for projects float in and out of my brain.  Some ideas are stay for about 3 minutes, some linger and hang out for a week or so, and some permanently attach themselves, refusing to leave.

When you have those pie in the sky ideas, they’re fun to dream and fantasize about.  You think in your head “wow, that would be so awesome…” and “if only I could pull that off….” However, there’s the skeptical, practical side of my brain which reminds me of the brutal logistics of reality, and basically obliterates those pie in the sky dreams before they even get a chance to be even considered.

Well, this particular pie in the sky dream didn’t get obliterated, it survived-for a very, long time. And yes, it got me into a lot of artistic “trouble.”  I slowly started following a trail of tiny bread crumbs that started to appear in the forest.  Sometimes it was months of waiting between each bread crumb, and it was the greatest test of patience for someone who has very little patience to begin with.

Then, some wheels really started turning, and I realized that I was on a gigantic roller coaster ride that I wanted to stay on forever. Except that this roller coaster was in complete darkness, and it didn’t have all the tracks ahead finished yet. I was moving on the roller coaster, but frantically laying the tracks in front of me about 3 seconds before I went over them, all in dark.

Sneak Peek

And then before I knew it, I realized that the roller coaster had grown so big that I couldn’t do it by myself anymore.  I needed a partner and a team:  a fantastic, superb group of art students, emerging artists, and numerous professionals who could help me build the tracks, shine some light on the roller coaster, and make pie in the sky real. This is the most extraordinary group of people I’ve ever worked with, and I cannot remotely come close to accurately expressing my tremendous gratitude towards their tenacity, perseverance, and faith in our project. Without my team, pie in the sky would still be an idea floating in my head, or it would be a mediocre effort that lasted for a few months and then drifted away.

This has been the most exhilarating, terrifying, stimulating, difficult, electrifying idea I have ever experienced in over 15 years as a professional artist and teacher. Every time I thought I had just finished climbing Mt. Everest, I was told “You have to climb Mt. Everest again.” I would finish my second climb, come back to the bottom and be told “Sorry, that wasn’t enough-you have to go again.”  Every time I thought I had reached a milestone, or pushed myself as far as I could, the challenges only grew increasingly larger and more difficult, and I had to rise to the task in a way that in a way that was unprecedented in my life time. On top of that, I had to keep this project top secret for TWO YEARS.  I’ve been jumping out of my skin, and can’t wait to release the hounds.

Tomorrow is the big day…. get the announcement by subscribing to my email list.



I am pleased to announce the arrival of ART PROF: a free, online educational platform for visual arts that I have worked on for the past 2 years with my phenomenal partner Thomas Lerra from WGBH, and a 16 person team of amazing Teaching Assistants and Interns.

ART PROF is truly the most exhilarating, terrifying, and thrilling project I have ever worked on. I am so incredibly proud of my extraordinary team for making what seemed like just pie in the sky into reality. Our prototype is finished, so our final step is to raise funds to make ART PROF free for all!

I hope you will consider a donation-you can help bring art education to people of all ages who want and need art education, but who have no means of access. Even the smallest donations can add up! And if you can't donate, please share our 2 min. preview video below! DONATE HERE

AdCast - Ads from the Community

×

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconlyubitshka6:
lyubitshka6 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
Hello there, I know how it feels like putting your heart out to the crowds, whether its in painting or writing, and when I show my poems that I express myself in them, and try to explain the pain, I really wish I influence someone out there, because everyone is human and everyone experiences different types of emotions, and you, you defiantly influenced me and your art makes me feel mixed emotions that I cant explain, perhaps I should write a fucking poem about it, cuz your art is just poetic and absolutely beautiful. Some artists draw or paint people or objects that they make it look like a photograph instead of a drawing, and they're good at it but its so damn dull. And that's not the point of art, art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, and anyone who truly understands that knows exactly what art is. Honestly, you disturb me with those pieces of art, you make me feel so many things that my heart starts beating so fast, you might think im exaggerating but its the damn truth, lots of love.
Reply
:iconenigmapsyche:
Enigmapsyche Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reply
:iconartofjefferyhebert:
ArtofJefferyHebert Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Good Morning Prof. Lieu. I wanted to take a moment and tell you, your journals are a great insight and I enjoy reading them. I look forward to your posts.
Reply
:iconclaralieu:
claralieu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading!
Reply
:iconclalepa:
clalepa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks for fav 

I have extended my gallery on FB and I would be very glad if you visit me. Here you have!

www.facebook.com/clalepa

Thanks and regards from Spain,

C
Reply
:iconlisawb:
LisaWB Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I am so drawn to your work, particularly the falling series. When I read your profile, I understand just why it draws me. It is so powerful and evocative and it tells the story of inner demons that I can FEEL with my very depth. These are such profound works. 
Reply
:iconclaralieu:
claralieu Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Reply
:iconjghgrh:
jghgrh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow,stunning work,keep at It.
Reply
:iconsandrapelly:
SandraPelly Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work touched me greatly.   It left me   speechless and stunned and at same time I felt as if someone finally understands. I  hope you have defeated your demons because I am still figuring mine.  Seeing your work gave me extra push to  sort myself out  and express myself more.   Thank you. 
Reply
Add a Comment: