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The Future of Notebooks? Read our Interview with Rhodia Drive

This month, we answered some interesting questions about the future of notebooks for the Featured Retailer series on the Rhodia Drive blog. Rhodia Drive is sponsored by Clairefontaine-Rhodia, the maker of Rhodia products. On the blog, you can find information and resources for using these iconic orange notepads! The folks at Rhodia Drive asked us questions about the importance of handwriting and drawing by hand in a world ruled by technology. Read an excerpt of the interview below or check out the full interview on Rhodia Drive!

July 22, 2016

The Big Draw: How One School Puts Art Education First for a Day

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, students at North Chevy Chase Elementary school gathered for an unusual day of classes. Math, reading, science and other subjects were put on hold. Instead of practicing the three R’s or preparing for standardized testing, the students of NCCES made art. 

Artists, museum educators and designers led students in drawing and painting lessons throughout the day in an event called the "Big Draw." All students in grades 3-6 had the opportunity to participate. Fourth grade teacher Jacqueline Moore first developed the Big Draw for her class in 2008, and it quickly became a school-wide event. Plaza Artist Materials has been a proud supporter of the Big Draw over the years. This year we donated approximately 400 sketchbooks that the students used during the day’s many drawing activities.

March 18, 2016

5 Reasons to Take an Art Workshop: Whether You’re a Beginner or a Pro

All it takes to become an artist is to make art. Did you have a terrible teacher criticize your drawings in middle school? Do you feel like you "aren't as creative as other people” sometimes? Do you feel like you don't fit the mould when you think of what an artist is "supposed" to look like? Artists come from all backgrounds and work in all mediums, and nobody is born a great artist. Art takes practice.

Artistic ability is a muscle that needs to be exercised. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never made art before—if you begin to create art and continue to create art, you can call yourself an artist. It doesn’t matter what stage in life you start to make art. You’ll get better with practice and exploration.

February 26, 2016

6 Art Podcasts You Need to Hear

Do you listen to podcasts? For those who are unfamiliar—podcasts are like radio programs, but you can tune in at any time to listen because they are stored online.

There are many interesting online podcasts about contemporary art and art history. Whether you’re looking for something to break up the monotony of the office workday, something to put on in the background when you’re at work in the studio, or interesting listening for a long road trip—these podcasts are perfect. Let us know if you have any other art podcasts you like to listen to!

February 17, 2016

Crimson is Red, Phthalo is Blue...

Want to win a box of art supplies this Valentine's Day? Go to our Facebook page between now and February 14, 2016 and "like" our official Valentine's Day contest post on our page (with the GIF pictured above). You also need to like our Facebook page to qualify for this contest. We'll draw 10 winners at random and announce those winners on February 15, 2016.

February 4, 2016

Have a Happy, Creative 2016

2016 is blank canvas. Are you ready for it?

Thank you for supporting Plaza Art in 2015.

We wish you more happiness and creativity in the new year!

January 1, 2016

Happy Holidays from Plaza Art!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Plaza Art!

December 24, 2015

Anatomy of a Pencil - An Infographic


Click here to check out all the pencils and other Drawing Supplies we carry!

Click here for a Full Sized Image of this infographic.

December 4, 2015

Hands On Creativity: Recap

We want to thank everyone who participated in all of our Hands On Creativity events this year. We held the event at our stores in Towson, Rockville, Cincinnati, Nashville and Philadelphia. None of these events would have been possible without our customers, art vendors and outstanding demonstrators. You can read more about Hands On Creativity in our previous blog post.

November 17, 2015

What is Artomatic?

Artists and volunteers have been busy installing artwork over the past two weeks at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville, Maryland for the legendary "Artomatic." If you live in the DC metropolitan area, you should definitely check out this nonprofit arts event over the next month! It is a great source of inspiration, no matter which medium you work with.

Artomatic is one of the largest non-juried art events in the United States. It was first held in 1999, inside the old Manhattan Laundry building on Florida Avenue in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC—hence the original name “Art-O-Matic.” Since then, the event has been held periodically over the years at various locations around the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. When Artomatic is not in session, associated artists and organizers continue networking events on social media.

October 26, 2015
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