Art Clinic Online

Calendar of Meetings
Saturday, June 11 10:30-11:30am- Jordan Bruns and Alla Prima
Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 – 7:00pm – Meetup and Discussion
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 -11:30- Michael Janice, Washington Glass School
Tuesday, July 5, 6:00 – 7:00pm- Meetup and Discussion
From Mariana Kastrinakis:  Update from last meeting
Thanks to all of you for your continued support and for attending our last meeting when we conducted an interview with Lenny Campello, as well as attending the last Tuesday session that followed it.

We have a recording of the Lenny Campello interview, and it is posted at this link:

Feel free to watch it there. Let me know if you have any difficulties accessing it.

Reminder of next meetings/links: 

– for Saturday June 11 at 10:30am, at link: see below for topic this week
– for Tuesday June 14 at 6pm link: we will continue with art critiques and discussions on composition

(please note, if for any reason a link does not work for you, look out for an email from me or Jordan, and you can also text me or call [MK] at 301-467-2621, thanks)

Art community notices/art tid-bits/questions/requests:
This Saturday June 11, Jordan will be demonstrating the “alla prima/color spot” oil method based a small still life in our studio.
About Alla Prima
This “alla prima” (at first attempt) painting Art Clinic really gets to the heart of what representational painting is, just pieces of color on a canvas.  Yet when the color is accurately mixed and placed next to other accurate pieces of color, the paint vibrates and tricks the eye into believing the marks are more than just paint.   Alla Prima stresses application of paint and color mixing to get an accurate painting the first time.
Often, still life painting can look labored and lifeless.  I believe this is a result of having too much time to finish the painting. Yet after changing the paint application method and shortening the amount of time allowed to complete the painting, the energy returns to the final product.  When we host Alla Prima Art Clinics we stress keeping the spontaneity and freshness alive in our still life painting and practice the three steps in creating a fresh painting.  1) Identification of the color 2) Mixing the color 3) Putting the color in the right spot.
Also for this Saturday, June 11, we are putting together a “bank” of art questions you might have and we invite everyone to send us questions they would like to see answered in future ACO meetings. The questions can be about art in general, about drawing or painting techniques, about different media use and all related topics.
Just send me an email with your questions and we will be saving them to answer and perhaps accompany the answer with a short demo by one of us. So please send me ( your questions and we will make sure to answer them to the best of our ability.
Special announcement:
On Saturday, June 25th, our guest artist is the incredible Michael Janis, glass artist and Co-Director of the Washington Glass School.  And a little about him and an image of his glass works, to whet your appetite follows here:
Michael Janis was born in Chicago, IL and currently lives in Washington, DC. Trained as an architect, his glass figures showcase his very disciplined approach to the medium. He became Co-Director of the Washington Glass School & Studio in 2005, where he teaches and oversees the studio’s many site specific and public art commissions. His portraiture works often look, at first glance, to be made with graphite or pastels, but actually are made using crushed glass. He painstakingly manipulates the individual grains of the glass powder with X-acto blades and brushes on flat glass and fired (fused) in electric kilns.
Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, Janis went to England’s University of Sunderland and taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre where he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass. The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities awarded him the 31st Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for “Excellence in the Arts”. This year, Janis’ glass sculpture, made in collaboration with artist Tim Tate, is featured in the 2022 Venice Biennale of Art exhibition, “Glassstress”. Janis’ artwork is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Florida’s Imagine Museum and the Fort Wayne Museum of Fine Art.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday and Tuesday,
warmest regards and stay healthy and inspired!
Mariana and Jordan
PS: as always consult JJordan Bruns’ website to see any archived messages and all updated links:

Mariana Mariana Kastrinakis Stone Tower Studio and Gallery, 2nd floor, Glen Echo Park, 7300 McArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812 Sent from Gmail Mobile


1-Saturday, April 30th at 10:30am

Our topic will be informally discussing the paintings (or drawings or doodles) we did in response to music. Some of you have sent me files (thank you) and i will show those. We can all pitch in and comment.
Remember no critiques, this is just to see how we all react to music pieces and perhaps render some subconscious impressions from across the senses…
Kindly continue sending me your images done to music of any kind thru friday April 29th, or if you don’t have time to send it, be prepared to share your screen to show us what you want to share.
Join Zoom Meeting (all Saturdays we use same link, every other week)
Meeting ID: 841 4938 9951
Passcode: 593923
2- Tuesday evening, May 3 at 6pm. 
We will do our usual critique of paintings you may have seen online or in exhibits and share our own if people want some feedback.

Join Zoom Meeting (all Tuesdays we use same link)

Meeting ID: 864 1632 9284
Passcode: 191463
Thank you for your attention, and as always, this info is also posted in Jordan’s website.
For dates of our meetings, including the two above, remember, we meet every other Saturday morning, alternating with every other Tuesday evening).
On upcomong saturdays in May, we will be interviewing working artists who have made an impact, either living in this area or somehow who came to our attention in different ways. We hope you join us!
Let us know if questions/comments/suggestions, warm regards to all!


This is a fantastic podcast (my favorite) about how the Tempo of Beethoven may have been wrong all this time and musicians try and play his music in the tempo he intended.

Speedy Beet | Radiolab | WNYC Studios

Here is more in what we talked about on 3/5/22

Beethoven Symphonies Abstracted: Mo Willems | Kennedy Center (

Warm regards to all, Jordan and I hope you can join us next Saturday and Tuesday! Stay healthy and inspired!


At your convenience, as we proceed with ACO meetings, please let me know what you think about additional topics, ideas you may want to see included in the ACO discussions, etc. And remember to forward interesting announcements, which we can post for everyone to see in Jordan’s ACO tab on his website.
Just a reminder that the ACO meeting is not a “class” per se, and although we are trying to practice art critique and related skills right now, our overall purpose is to communicate about art in general, about interesting art events, and to encourage one another’s art journeys in a fun and supportive environment.


Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 864 1632 9284
Passcode: 191463

Calendar of Meetings

Saturday, April 2, 10:30-11:30am

Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Saturday, April 30, 10:30-11:30am

Tuesday, May 3, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Saturday, May 14, 10:30-11:30am

Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 – 7:00pm