Technique-Based Demos Offer Training for Art Educators, Artists at Asbury Park Art Collective

ASBURY PARK, NJ  –  The Collective Art Tank, a collaboration between Asbury Park-based artist and gallery owner John Viggiano with Winsor & Newton and Liquitex, industry leaders in fine art materials, today announced its January 2014 class schedule. 

Established with the goal of supporting artists and art educators in Asbury Park and throughout the region, the Collective Art Tank offers technique-based demos, workshops and classes, as well as samples of art materials and exhibition opportunities, to students of various mediums.  The Collective Art Tank’s class schedule gives artists and art educators free space to offer classes to the public.  The January class schedule is as follows:


Jan. 11, 1 pm to 5 pm:                             The Practicing Artist and Social Media…Now!


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Jan. 14 through Feb. 25,

Tuesdays, 6 pm to 8 pm:                     College Portfolio Prep Course

Jan. 16, 5 pm to 7 pm:                         Indoor Plein Air          

Jan. 17, 6 pm to 9 pm:                         How to Photograph Your Art

Jan. 22, 5 pm to 7 pm:                         Painting from the Windows

Jan. 24, 6 pm to 9 pm:                         Curatorial Standards

Jan. 25, 12 pm to 4 pm:                       Painting on Surfboards

As sponsors of the Collective Art Tank, Liquitex and Winsor & Newton, along with Conté à Paris, generously offer a sampling of products to be used during the class sessions. 

The Collective Art Tank is located in downtown Asbury Park at 529 Bangs Avenue.   Anyone interested in attending an artist talk or group critique at The Collective Art Tank is encouraged to call 732-927-1317.  For additional information regarding the January class schedule or to register for class, please visit” href=””>”> or call 732-927-1317.


About the January class schedule:


The Practicing Artist and Social Media…Now!

This informative afternoon will demystify some of the challenges facing artists today concerning social media and what can be done to capture a positive online presence. The lecture will be presented by Paul Pinkman, a practicing fine artist and owner of Paul Pinkman Creative Design, LLC, a digital development company that specializes in web, social media, online video and content management systems. The program will be followed by a panel discussion with Eric Valosin and Marc D’Agusto, an open-session Q&A as well as networking with the speakers.  The Practicing Artist and Social Media…Now is $15 prepaid or $18 at the door.  The event will be in two parts with a short break between.  For additional information, visit” href=””>”>

College Portfolio Prep Course

Mike O’Loughin, a recent BFA graduate from the Savannah College of Art & Design, will discuss the steps needed to create a strong and dynamic portfolio for art-school application.  The weekly, two-hour class will happen every Tuesday evening from January 15 through February 26.  Attendees are requested to bring 18” x 24” drawing paper, Derwent pencils with kneaded eraser and a sharpener to the first class.  College Portfolio Prep Course is $150 per person for seven classes.  For details, email Mike O’Loughin at [email protected]” href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]”>[email protected].


Indoor Plein Air

Aimed at learning to loosen the painting process, instructor Mike O’Loughlin will project five images of summer landscapes onto the wall for 3 minutes at a time. The image cycle will continue for two hours as students aim to create five complete landscape paintings.  By limiting the time spent on each image, students will be directed to focus on larger ideas of color, shape and value in lieu of finer details that may impede expression. Indoor Plein Air is $15; attendees are required to bring supplies.  For more information, visit” href=””>”> or email [email protected]” href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]

How to Photograph Your Art

Artists are invited to sit-in with photographer and artist John Vigg to learn how to photograph art. 
Vigg will use simple lighting and a digital camera to create submission-ready images of attendees’ artwork.  Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with four photographs of one work of art.  How to Photograph Your Art is $25.  For additional information, email John Vigg at [email protected]” href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]”>[email protected] or call 732-927-1317.


Painting from the Windows

Artist and instructor Mike O’Loughlin will bring the joys of plein air painting indoors to the Collective Art Tank’s new studio on Bangs Avenue in downtown Asbury Park during this two-hour class.  Attendees will be guided by O’Loughlin to use the light of the street lamps to paint a captivating night street scene.  Painting from the Windows is $15.  Attendees are required to bring supplies.  For additional information, visit” href=””>”> or email [email protected]” href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]”>[email protected]


Curatorial Standards

Artist and gallery owner John Vigg along with artist and curator Marta Kepka will share the ins-and-outs of being successful, productive and efficient artists in today’s art world. Both graduates of intensive graduate programs and professionally working as studio artists themselves, John and Marta possess the know-how to navigate the constantly evolving contemporary arts scene as artists, curators and gallery owners. This open forum of discussion is great for those interested in a behind-the-scenes look into the contemporary art industry.   Curatorial Standards is $20.  For details, email [email protected]” href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]”>[email protected] or call 732-927-1317.



Painting on Surfboards

Artist Mike O’Loughlin will demonstrate the steps necessary to customize a surfboard – from preparation through design protection. By the end of the class attendees will have a personalized surfboard perfect for fun in the line-up or as a display piece on the wall.  Painting on Surfboards is $25.  Attendees are required to bring a surfboard and other supplies.  For full details, visit” href=””>”> or email O’Loughlin at [email protected]” href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]

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