The Art Local

Educational institution
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Figure drawing, 20 minute pose

2020, Graphite, 9 x 12 in

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Figure drawing, 10 minute pose

2020, Ink, 12 x 12 in

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Figure Drawing, 2 minute pose

2020, Colored pencil, 6 x 6 in

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Figure Drawing, 5 minute pose

2020, Charcoal, 12 x 12 in

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Figure Drawing, 10 minute pose

2020, Marker, 11 x 8 in

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Figure Drawing, 15 minute pose

2020, Charcoal, 12 x 9 in

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We're The Art Local

A short video of who we are, what kinds of virtual classes we offer, and a peek into the studios of owners Sarah Fagan and Renee Lai.

LIVE STREAMpre-recorded
Drop in Drawing: Still Life in Color
Nov 22
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Artist Sarah Fagan gently guides Zoom participants in a live drawing session. Colorful media like colored pencils, crayons, or pastels recommended to draw along. Free.

LIVE STREAMpre-recorded
Drop in figure drawing
Nov 21
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Drop in and draw from a professional, live, clothed model in our Zoom room. Light instruction provided. All ages and skill levels welcome. Have your favorite art supplies and paper to draw along. Free.

LIVE STREAMpre-recorded
The Art Local

Nov 14 - 22
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4810 Rowena Ave

The Art Local

About the Artist

Sarah Fagan is co-founder and teacher with The Art Local. She holds a BA in English and Art from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA and a post-baccalaureate certificate from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. In Oregon, Sarah taught children and adult art classes from 2009-2017, and was a co-owner of the cooperative gallery Blackfish. Sarah received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has since taught at both UT and St. Edward's University. She has exhibited work across the US, and has attended several residency programs including the year-long appointment as Umbrella Arts Artist in Residence in Concord, MA.

Renee Lai is co-founder and teacher with The Art Local. She holds a BA in English and Studio Art with honors from Dartmouth College, in Hanover NH, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Lai also studied at the New York Studio School. She now teaches drawing and painting at UT Austin and St. Edward's. Lai's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has work in the permanent collection of Dartmouth College. She most recently was an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.

Artist Statement

The Art Local (instructors and artists Sarah Fagan and Renee Lai) provide real-time, donation-based online artistic instruction from a variety of professional artists and art lecturers through short workshops in a variety of media and professional live models for figure drawing instruction.

Our mission is to fill an educational niche for art lovers - that space between enrolling in a college art course and attending a one-off pottery workshop. We are working artists and art professors based in Austin, TX who love to work with dedicated individuals and groups seeking instruction in drawing, painting, design, and other forms of the visual arts. Our focus is online live education.

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We decided to start this organization after talking to our university students in Austin, TX. We realized that there weren't many ways for alum to continue a serious pursuit of art after college, or find an art community. We hope that The Art Local can fill both of those needs: provide a space to learn and engage the mind, as well as meet new friends -- whether you went to college and majored in art or not.