Barbara Stein

Barbara has been creating artwork and teaching for most of her life. Her batiks, pastels, watercolors, and ceramics have been shown throughout New York and Vermont. Her work has been greatly influenced by natural forms and colors. Barbara lived in Vermont in the early 1970's, and the place's natural beauty and tranquility continues to inspire.

In addition to devoting her life to making artwork, Barbara has extensive teaching experience. She has taught all age groups. she has her M.A. in Art Education, as well as certification in teaching High School Art. Barbara was an instructor in batik at the University of Vermont from 1971-1974. In 1973, she received a grant from the Vermont Council on the Arts to teach workshops throughout the state. In New York she has taught outreach programs through the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. Additionally, she has worked as an Artist-in-Residence through a school grant program at one of Brooklyn's elementary schools. This grant was made possible by the Studio in a School Association.

In 1967, Barbara studied fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a B.F.A. in Art Education. She did her graduate work at New York University, where she received her M.A. in Art Education. Currently, Barbara serves as President of The Art Guild of Port Washington, a not for profit community arts organization.

Barbara now spends most of her time working in oil, watercolor and pastel. Most recently, Barbara has studied with Joseph Peller at The Art Student’s League in New York City. She continues to teach privately, and part-time in the Great Neck public schools system.

Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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