ART PROF: Visual Art Essentials

ART PROF is a free, online educational platform for visual arts which provides equal access to art education for people of all ages and means. Our Kickstarter campaign raised $30k to fund our site launch.

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Visual artist and RISD Adjunct Professor Clara Lieu has partnered with Thomas Lerra from WGBH Boston and a team of 6 Teaching Assistants to create ART PROF. In most schools, visual arts education is meager or simply does not exist.  Outside art programs are not affordable for most people, and are usually isolated to expensive higher education institutions.  ART PROF provides the chance for a global community of all ages to access to a high quality visual arts education for free.

Clara Lieu, Visual Artist & Adjunct Professor at RISD    Thomas Lerra, WGBH Digital


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Robust public school arts programs “the rare exception”

Meet the New Bob Ross-Clara Lieu and Art Prof

Online Arts Education

Site Features
encyclopedia of art supplies • video tutorials in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture • Art Dares • professional development resources • portfolio critiques • a global artist community •  video critiques • contemporary art & art history • Ask the Art Prof

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Teaching Assistants
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Casey Roonan  •  Annie Irwin  •  Lauryn Welch
 Yves-Olivier Mandereau  •  Alex Rowe  •  Deepti Menon

Our experienced team of teaching assistants are emerging artists who work in a diverse range of visual art fields:  textiles, illustration, painting, drawing, comics, sculpture, installation, ceramics, and more. Teaching Assistants do critiques of user artworks, and respond to your questions with professional advice in our interactive forums.

Summer 2016 Interns
Anna   Makoto   Annelise   Enrico   Janice
Julia   crit_Vuthy   Olivia Hunter, Intern   Jordan McCracken-Foster, Intern   Tatiana Florival, Intern

Anna CampbellMakoto KumasakaAnnelise YeeEnrico Giori • Janice Chun • Julia Orenstein • Vuthy LayOlivia Hunter
Jordan McCracken-Foster •  Tatiana Florival

Our summer 2016 interns were current art school students who brainstormed ideas, enhanced site content, generated original video content, and developed outreach and fundraising strategies. Their majors included architecture, printmaking, furniture design, jewelry, drawing, painting, graphic design and more.

ART PROF is a personal undertaking by Clara Lieu and Thomas Lerra that is not supported, sponsored, or endorsed by the Rhode Island School of Design or WGBH.