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ART BOX STUDIO; 1302 N. MONTE VISTA, #9;  UPLAND, CA 91786-8221
STUDIO:  (909) 981-4508

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Paint with Sylvia!

Come Paint with Sylvia at the Art Box Studio!
A Place for Friends to Gather, Be Inspired, and Create Art.

Art Box Studio is open each Monday and welcomes watermedia (watercolor or acrylic) painters. Artist-owner Sylvia Megerdichian NWS offers mentorship, as well as lessons, as part of Open Studio time.

During Monday Open Studio sessions, Sylvia encourages each Art Box artist to follow his or her calling. Optional lessons are given each Monday and one-on-one instruction and ideas are offered. Beginning artists are nurtured to study and paint in the watermedia of their choice. Intermediate and advanced artist are encouraged to experiment and work in a series. Art created by doing, growing, learning, sharing and being inspired creates a variety of styles and venues. Realism, abstraction, expressionism - the work produced is as wide ranged as the artists who attend.

After lunch, the group shares a thoughtful critique of their painting by Sylvia. Kudos, advice, encouragement all mark the session. After critique, the painters return to their art full of ideas. Having artist of all levels broaden their art is a key element in Art Box Monday Open Studio. If you are new to the Art Box format, it is suggested you call Sylvia at 909-981-4508 for more information.


Sylvia Megerdichian NWS Spreads The Word

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2015 Art Box Monday Open Studio Comment . . . .


You were my inspiration. I am so lucky to have you and Artbox classmates. My friend Gilberta had a wonderful painting day.
This morning as she was departing still remembering the delightful experience and vast learnings.

Shared with her and my sister, the Artist Shirin Seehat Talk. Sylvia, you are extraordinary in your superb perception.
Keen eyes to see in an amazing way artistic work of art. Thank you for your gift and sharing.

My Deep Gratitudes and Respects.

Elvira Ramos



What does WATERMEDIA mean?

In art, watermedia is the general term for media
that are used by diluting them with water, as opposed to oil or other media.

Examples are:  Watercolor, Gouache, Caran D'ache, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, acrylics.

No oils of any kind, oil based materials, or solvents, please.


What kind of supplies do you need?

Watermedia:   Watercolors of a good quality are recommended. 
                         Professional quality is best due to high pigment and strong, intense colors.
                         The Colors:  Basically, you need red, yellow, blue, and whatever else you want.
                                             There are warms and cools of each color, so beginning with a limited
                                              palette is interesting.  A limited palette is only a few colors.
                         Primary Palettes:  (1) Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium, Cobalt Blue;
                                                     (2) Hansa or Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue
                            Burnt Sienna, Hooker's Green Dark, Sap Green, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Violet Deep...
                         Reference:  Color Wheel
                            American Journey, Winsor & Newton, Da Vinci, Daniel Smith, Holbein, Grumbacher.
                            Standard watercolor paint tube size is 15 ml, but some brands such as
                            American Journey Professional watercolors (Cheap Joe's) and DaVinci  make a 37 ml value size.
                            Best deal is to buy large tube paints or sets on sale!

Paper:    140 pound professional watercolor paper, such as Arches, is recommended. 
               Watercolor paper comes in rough, cold press, and hot press surfaces. 
                       Cold press is recommended for beginning artists.
               The standard size of a sheet of watercolor paper is 22" x 30."   A sheet may be divided into halves or fourths.
               A watercolor block or a watercolor pad is also a good way to begin.  Minimum apx. size:  11" x 14"
               Watercolor blocks are handy to take on location or use casually since they have a rigid board under the sheets
                        of watercolor paper.            

Brushes:  Synthetic, synthetic-sable blend, squirrel, or sable are all good choices.
                 Sizes recommended to begin are: #8 round, #12 or #14 round, 1/2" flat and/or 1" flat,
                 plus any  other sizes you wish.  Brushes can be expensive, so try the fewer brushes first.

Board:    Though you may purchase a painting board, a piece of foam core board works to get started.
               Best choices are tempered masonite, wood, gatorboard, or plastic professional painting board,
               such as Champion watercolor backing board (usually around $12 for a 15" x 22" white plastic board).

Palette:    Any palette with deep wells and a lid is suitable. 
                Though not as neat, even plastic ice trays and aluminum foil for lid may be used to get started.

Odds and Ends:  Paper towels, tissue to blot (facial or toilet varieties), water container, sponges.

Luxuries:  An easel, the Winsor & Newton Arun box table easel, watercolor easel, 300# paper,
                 sable brushes...


Where can you purchase art supplies?
The answer to this question depends on where you live. 
Most Californians have either a nearby
Michael's-the arts & crafts store
or an Aaron Bros. Art & Framing store
(FYI:  They're owned by the same company.)

Some towns have local art marts such as Pace Arts, Dick Blick, or others. 
Check your local phone books under "art."          Look for specials in local newspapers or ads!

And then, there's the internet! 
Though there are many great vendors, our first choice internet recommendations are as follows:
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff        Daniel Smith's Art Materials       Dick Blick Art Materials


Also, check Sylvia's links page for more vendor websites!



at Sylvia Megerdichian's Art Box Studio

9:30 am through 2:00 pm

Every Monday...Except when Art Box has workshops scheduled.
Check the internet schedule for WORKSHOPS, email Sylvia at,  or call