New Gallery Exhibit Features Nossi Illustration Instructor, Lisa Taylor

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Centennial Art Center’s 2017 spring exhibit, A Walk in the Woods, celebrates the natural world with four artists exploring the textures, colors and glowing beauty of natural wood. Landscape paintings by Lisa Taylor, a local, Nashville artist combined with graceful handcrafted wood-turned vessels and sculptures by Barry Werner and Michael Holowach, and intricately sculpted furniture by Douglas Lawrence. The exhibit begins with an artists’ opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. Lending a more two-dimensional approach to A Walk in the Woods, Lisa Taylor’s expressive oil paintings convey feeling and a connection to nature with lush, verdant landscapes. Lisa feels her mission as an artist is to capture fleeting moments, aiming to represent not what is seen, but what is felt. Originally from a small town southwest of Nashville, Tenn., Lisa is an adjunct faculty member at Nossi College of Art, a professional art school in Nashville. She earned a Masters in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. She has been in numerous group and juried exhibits and is a national award-winning artist. She teaches Color Theory and Basic Drawing to students in Nossi’s Illustration Program. Lisa is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, where she worked in Planning and Contingency Preparedness, filling numerous management positions and roles in Emergency Management. In addition to the lovely landscapes of woods and streams shown in this exhibit, Lisa paints expressive cityscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings….

Business and Marketing Classes Designed for Art Students

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

As an artist, it is extremely important to understand the value you bring to the table during business discussions. That perceived value (set by you and viewed by the client) can help determine your pay rate – show up to a meeting disheveled and unorganized, that may show clients you aren’t professional or can’t be taken seriously. However, if you show up looking styled, organized and ready to share research during the meeting – then your perceived value increases and so can your earnings.  The more students learn to understand the art of business, the more successful they will be in the creative and tech industries. At Nossi College, understanding business isn’t a subject taught in a class, it is a class all by itself. Whether students are studying photography, video, design or illustration, everyone takes business classes to learn about developing business plans, creating contract agreements, understanding good communication, negotiating pay rates and we even brush over advertising and marketing.  Marketing plus advertising ideas and theories are discussed more in-depth during Online Marketing class, which is taken in conjunction with our business classes.  Students can truly understand the process it takes to share stories and successes about their business. Those posts and blogs could lead to additional clients and referrals! Students start with social media and then dive more into running their own website, blogging about experiences and sharing content on social media. Check our two of our student stories below! Joshijah Spence Photography – Joshijah has been blogging about…

Ms. Nossi Vatandoost – Living Boldly for Change

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Les Kerr | NASHVILLE – The theme of the 2017 International Women’s Day, celebrated today, March 8, is “Be Bold for Change.” No one personifies this motto more than Ms. Nossi Vatandoost, founder of Nossi College of Art. After growing up in Persia (modern-day Iran), then, studying at Heidelberg University in Germany, she moved to the United States with her husband, Ira. She began as a fine artist and then became a public school art teacher. Desiring to expand possibilities for her students, she moved into a borrowed kitchen to teach students fine art at three dollars per lesson. She kept dreaming and achieving and eventually founded Nossi College of Art in 1991.   With the encouragement of first, her mother and then, her husband, Ms. Nossi has always had a bold vision and the strength to follow her passion and share it with others who wanted to learn. That vision has resulted in the successful and well-respected institution that bears her name and serves its students well. Among the concepts being celebrated under the Be Bold for Change mantra of International Women’s Day are forging women’s advancement, celebrating women’s achievements and championing women’s education. Nossi College of Art has grown because its leader knows each student needs to learn practical skills for the job market, as well as artistic technique. To this end, Ms. Nossi encourages them to achieve and learn. Ms. Nossi is an incredible example of not making excuses, never giving up, and having a vision. She…

Two Nossi Students Earn Kappa Pi Scholarships

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Kappa Pi reinstated the Eta Tau Chapter at Nossi College of Art a few short years ago thanks to the help or current student at the time (and now Nossi graduate) Nicole Drake. Since relaunching the group, we have brought chapters together from across middle Tennessee, we have boosted membership at Nossi College, we have gotten involved with community organizations like Hands On Nashville and now two of our members received honorable mention scholarships from this International organization.   Congratulations to Brandi Leath and Cory Harkins! Brandi Leath recently graduated with her degree in Interactive Graphic Design and is currently working for Parachute Media in East Nashville. Cory is a current student studying Illustration and already landed a big job with Toy Box Productions as Marketing and Lead Illustrator.  “The scholarship committee had a difficult time selecting the scholarship winners from the outstanding applications that were submitted,” said Michael Stanley, Kappa Pi President, “Take special pride in this achievement for your outstanding portfolio.” Kappa Pi wants to encourage all artists to continue your creative exploration and keep putting new artwork out into the world! The below artwork is the reason Brandi and Cory were recognized. Congratulations to you both.  

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