THANK YOU for Your Support!

THANK YOU to all our incredible supporters from Art Prof for helping us reach our $30k goal on Kickstarter!! I was so excited that I actually DANCED on video. (although, I think I am going to seriously regret this later…) You know your work is meaningful when you are willing to subject yourself to endless humiliation on behalf of your project.

Building a project like Art Prof from scratch truly takes a village. Art Prof would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the scores of people who posted, tweeted, and spoke about Art Prof on our behalf during our campaign.  What truly took me by surprise was the many people, some of whom I have never met before in person, and several who I barely knew at the time, who went out of their way to help us.  Here are some comments from our audience:

“I’m an art teacher working in Argentina and I find your videos and posts really useful. I’m so glad I’ve found your site. I love learning from other teachers, and you’ve become my new (far away) teacher. “

“Clara, this audio critique was great for someone like me — I’m not in school and I haven’t really found a way to get thoughtful input on my art. And mostly when I’ve found someone who I trust to give input, it’s been about the actual painting process — while much of the input here was about concepts. So that was new/surprising/interesting to me. Many of the critique comments highlight things I hadn’t explicitly thought about, so I am excited that pursuing these ideas may lead me to some interesting development. Thanks to all four of you!”

“I just wanted to thank you for the resources that you have created and put online. Since graduating from college, I have had a hard time making art. A year ago, I stumbled upon your blog and it has encouraged me to start make work again. It has been incredibly helpful to me to read and hear the questions of other young artists.”

“You are like my guru. I can’t wait to use your awesome Crit Quickies as class starter discussions in my AP Studio Art classes in the fall. Thank you for continuing to post it’s keeping my interest levels high during summer break so that I can build an even stronger program next school year!”

Artist Monika Hedman

Coming soon: Interactive video critiques with student Monika Hedman

Preparing for our launch is going to take a few months, but we will continue to generate new content in the months prior to our launch.  Give us a few more days to recharge our batteries, and keep an eye out for brand new Crit Quickies on our Instagram, interactive video critiques, and an upcoming gesture drawing tutorial!

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Art Prof LIVES!!!!


I had no idea when I wrote a blog post back in October 2014 about an idea that floated through my head for a few minutes that I would be here today. Our Kickstarter campaign was a real nail biter…. but we hit our goal this morning!!!

I am overwhelmed with the phenomenal support and enthusiasm that my partner Thomas Lerra and I, and our extraordinary staff of Teaching Assistants and Interns experienced over the past several weeks. We were all blown away by the amazing support we received from people from all different parts of our lives, it was truly incredible to see the way people came out to support us.  I was surprised by the large number of people who I have never met in person before, or people who I barely knew, but who went out of their way to help us! Running a campaign like this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, (this coming from someone who usually salivates at the idea of a challenge)  but with the outcome we had, I have renewed faith in the universe. Knowing how intensely skeptical I generally am about everything, that says a lot.

It will take me many hours at my laptop to properly thank everyone who helped us, and that will all come over the next few weeks.  For now, I have to express my immense gratitude to my exceptional staff, who are seriously my favorite group of people I have ever worked with.


Anna   Makoto   Annelise   Enrico   Julia
crit_Vuthy   Tatiana Florival, Intern   Olivia Hunter, Intern   Jordan McCracken-Foster, Intern   Janice
Julia Orenstein • Vuthy LayTatiana Florival
Anna Campbell• Makoto Kumasaka• Annelise Yee• Enrico Giori

Olivia HunterJordan McCracken-Foster Janice Chun

I would like to thank all of our Interns, who joined Art Prof this summer by basically diving into an ocean in the pitch dark, (metaphorically) who bailed me out when there were more than a few fires to put out, who pointed out every stupid mistake I made, (of which there were many) who inspired me with their innovative ideas, and who made me feel way older than I would like to feel by explaining to me how Snapchat worked.

Teaching Assistants

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Sara BloemCasey Roonan  •  Annie Irwin
Lauryn Welch •  Yves-Olivier Mandereau  •  Alex Rowe

When I first contacted our Teaching Assistants over a year ago, I am sure that they had absolutely no idea what they were getting into when they said yes to my email-I didn’t either at the time. Thank goodness they were all crazy enough to jump on board, or Art Prof would not be what it is today. I had no idea what a tremendous role the TAs would play a year ago, but as Art Prof grew, I realized more and more how critical the TAs were to Art Prof.  Example: I KNOW I am not the reason someone told me recently that Art Prof looks so “youthful.”

Beyond looks though, I am completely floored by the unwavering commitment of our TAs. Their enthusiasm, energy, and drive truly gave Art Prof the electrifying fuel we needed to take off.  The TAs brought diverse voices and opinions to the table.  We discussed everything from the most minute concern to the deepest fundamental premise of Art Prof. They were just as good at discussing what precise shade of yellow the top menu bar on the prototype should be, to talking about fundamental philosophical questions concerning Art Prof’s mission and goals. The TAs put up with my constant questioning, pushing, and yes, my occasional whining (okay, maybe it was more than occasional) with a smile and warmth. The balance of camaraderie, seriousness, motivation, sense of humor, and sarcasm (a requirement if you want to work with me) is one I believe will never exist anywhere else, at any other time.


Thomas Lerra

I am still in utter disbelief that I ever found Thomas Lerra, my partner in crime. It took three degrees of separation and many months of searching and waiting in agony for me to find him, but boy, was it worth the wait. I like to joke that Tom and I were “dating” for several months before we made Art Prof official.  In our early meetings that go all the way back to February 2015, I kept thinking after every meeting, that our meeting that day would be our last.  But it never was, and so here we are today, jumping off the cliff every day with each other.

I hear many people talk big about taking risks, but so few actually take concrete actions to make things happen.   Tom is one of the rare people I know who really does relish experimentation and risk, and I love the dynamic quality of our conversations, where we push and pull together at the task at hand. Having been micro-managed in the past by more than a few people at various jobs, I cannot express how immensely appreciative of I am of Tom’s trust in me as a teacher and professional. I know how lucky I am!  If it weren’t for Tom, Art Prof would not exist.


Alex Hart

Finally, there is one person who has logged more uncredited hours on Art Prof than probably anyone else in the history of video production.  My husband, Alex Hart, who was always hidden behind the scenes, where his labor was seen by none.  Alex saw the bloodiest side of Art Prof, that I never let anyone else see.

Alex was there at 3am when I was panicking because I couldn’t figure out how to do the sound mix in Premiere.  He threw together a film shoot on 2 weeks notice to create my “audition” tape to show Tom. He sat patiently and watched me fall on my face left and right trying to learn Premiere. He fixed tiny glitches in the prototype. He scrounged up equipment, consulted on every piece of hardware and supply I needed for video shoots. He has been practically a single parent for the past 2 months; and altered his schedule on a moment’s notice on several occasions when video shoots ran far past when they should have.  (there’s even a story of him forgetting that he didn’t have a car, and ended up strapping 2 kids’ bikes to his bike and then rode a mile like that to my kids’ school) He was there to calm me down when I had meltdowns, when I was convinced that Art Prof was going nowhere, and when I needed to vent for hours on end.  Through all of that, Alex kept telling me that he believed in me.

All of this, which for most people would be grounds for divorce within 48 hours.  And hardly a single complaint the whole time through. Thank you Alex, for believing in us.

I’ll leave you with our second preview video, which I will admit makes me just a little choked up every time I watch it.

Just $823 Away From our $30k Goal!


ART PROF is 97% funded! All we need is $823 to hit our $30k goal!
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform; if we don’t hit our goal, we get no funding.

Our campaign ends TOMORROW, July 19 at 11:59pm EST.


Your Donation, Doubled!

For the 2nd time, our anonymous donor is offering to match all donations between today and July 18 for up to $2000! If you donate by July 18, your donation is doubled!!

Our campaign ends Tues., July 19.  We are $5300 from our goal. If we can get $3300 from you + our donor’s $2000, ART PROF is going to HAPPEN!!!!


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NEW REWARD #4! Art Prof iPhone 6 or 6S Case

Left:  back of the case.  Right:  inside of the case.

ART PROF Kickstarter Campaign 

NEW Reward #4: Art Prof iPhone 6 or 6S Case

Pledge $20 or more

Estimated delivery: Sept. 2016
Ships to: Only United States

Carry Art Prof in your pocket!  Art Prof themed 3D printed iPhone 6 or 6S case, made out of PLA hard plastic. These cases can be ordered in red, black, and white.  Design by Art Prof Intern Olivia Hunter.

Both views:  case on the phone.

ART PROF is a free, online educational platform for visual arts for people of all ages to learn visual arts in a vibrant art community. Imagine all of the resources here on our blog, except exponentially bigger, in greater quantity, and in more detail. Our Kickstarter campaign hit its $30k goal on July 19!  Get info on our future launch by subscribing to our email list.

Free Art Critique Events at Boston Dick Blick Stores this Weekend!

Saturday, July 16, 2-4pm

Bring up to two pieces of artwork to get an individual review from one of the ART PROF staff:  Casey Roonan, Leyla Faye, and Clara Lieu. Free and open to all skill levels. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Register here!

Blick Boston Landmark
401 Park Drive, Landmark Center-Fenway
Boston, MA, 02215
(617) 247-3322

Questions?  Contact us.

Sunday, July 17, 2-4pm

Bring up to two pieces of artwork to get an individual review from one of the ART PROF staff: Lauryn Welch, Casey Roonan, and Clara Lieu. Free and open to all skill levels. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Register here!

Blick Cambridge
619 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 441-6360

Questions?  Contact us.

Stay tuned by subscribing to our email list.


We recently hosted a Free Art Porfolio Review Event for artists of all ages at the Concord Center for the Visual Arts on Sunday, June 19. See videos, photos and read about this event here.

Don’t live near Boston?
Check out our crit quickies, audio critique packsportfolio video critiques & Ask the Art Prof

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ART PROF is a free, online educational platform for visual arts for people of all ages to learn visual arts in a vibrant art community. Imagine all of the resources here on our blog, except exponentially bigger, in greater quantity, and in more detail. Help us make ART PROF free and accessible for all! Donate to our Kickstarter campaign before July 19!

8 More Days to Make ART PROF a Reality

Watch our NEW Art Prof video!

ART PROF is a small step in equalizing arts education for disadvantaged students that is happening right now. As a free, online educational platform for visual arts, ART PROF that will provide people of all ages equal access to high quality art education.

We are thrilled to announce that we have an anonymous donor who will match all donations up to $2000 between today and this Fri., July 15! 

Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform.  If we don’t reach our goal by Tues., July 19, we get no funding.  Donate here

Only 8 more days to help make ART PROF a reality!