Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter – Back to School

In this issue of Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter – Back to School, we’re featuring our huge Back to School sale! From August 1st through September 15th, come get great deals on paint, canvas, studio furniture and more. It’s nearly August, and that means Back to School is upon us!  We’ve got your back with the art materials you need to do your creative class projects. Make sure you open this newsletter… there’s a coupon for art supplies for you!  We offer student discounts all semester long (with ID)! You don’t have to be a student to take advantage of our sale prices, though. So come on in and stock up on art materials for your class or your next project. Unleash your inner artist with new supplies!

Shop local, shop at The Art Store for your supplies!

We are  your local, independent art supply source and we are here to serve you. Want your art supplies today? Come see us! No waiting for shipping, no unnecessary cardboard and plastic, no drawn out exchange process – and no guessing what you’re getting. Come enjoy our friendly and helpful staff while finding just the right supplies. No big box store robots here!

Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter - Back to School

On Sale at The Art Store for Back-to-School!

August 1st through September 15th!

All M. Graham paints 40% off
Fredrix Canvas 50% off
Krylon Conservation varnish 25% off
23 X 26 Drawing Boards 25% off
25% off All studio furniture

All Fredrix Canvas is 50% off!

Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter - Back to SchoolFredrix Canvas features superior quality medium textured, duck canvas. It is double-primed with acid-free acrylic gesso for use with oil or acrylic painting. The canvas is stapled onto the back of standard stretcher bars. Paint on all four edges and hang it with or without a frame. All sizes larger than 24″ x 36″ include single or double bracing for added support. Choose from Red Label, Blue Label, Green Label, or Pro series canvas. This is a great time to stock up on quality canvas! Please note: This sale is only for stretched canvas, does not apply to canvas boards, pads or rolls.

All M. Graham paints are 40% off!

Have you tried M. Graham paints yet? Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors and Gouache, all made in the USA out of the finest pigments. These paints are professional quality at a fraction of the price.  For a wonderful painting experience for beginners or professional artists, M. Graham paints can’t be beat. If you want to see what colors are available, check out the links to their color ranges, below!


Oils – M. Graham oil paints are formulated with pure walnut oil, a durable and non-yellowing binder. These buttery paints are a dream to work with!


Acrylics – M. Graham acrylics have unparalleled color intensity and can be used thick or thinned for the most delicate of applications.


Watercolors – M. Graham watercolor paint is created with exceptional amounts of pigment in a time-honored binding medium of pure gum arabic and natural blackberry honey. These jewel like colors have unique flow and texture!


Gouache – M. Graham gouache is crafted with high performance lightfast pigments in a base of pure gum arabic and Northwest honey. More matte and higher opacity than watercolors.

Krylon Conservation Sprays

krylon spray

All of our Krylon conservation varnishes are on sale at 25% off! Choose from matte, satin or gloss in regular or retouch varieties.

This spray medium protects against fading, dirt, moisture and discoloration. It contains UV light absorbers and stabilizers. Removable for conservation purposes. For oils, alkyds and acrylics. It makes acrylic paintings look more like oil paintings.


This spray medium temporarily restores gloss of fresh, wet oil colors. It unifies the painting surface for accurate color comparison, and allows oil paints to continue oxidizing and drying through the film. It is non-yellowing and contains UV light absorbers and stabilizers.


Back to the Drawing Board!

Richeson 23 x 26″ drawing boards are 25% off! Take your art to class, the studio, the couch, or out in the world and keep it flat and safe with a portable work surface like our awesome drawing boards! Plus, who doesn’t love a GIANT RUBBER BAND??? Included with your board.

Need a new easel or table? All Art Store Studio Furniture is 25% off list price!

Come get that table easel, art box, french easel or drafting table you’ve been dreaming about. We sell chairs, stools and folding portable seats; as well as art tables, metal floor easels, paint boxes and so much more! From August 1st through September 15th, all studio furniture is 25% off list price. Your studio, bedroom, kitchen table, shed or wherever you work will be a better place with art furniture!

Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter - Back to School

Table and french easels for compact spaces or artists on-the-move! Take over the kitchen table with one of these bad boys.

Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter! Back to School

Lobo easel can be used in many positions from vertical to completely horizontal, like a table.

Full size Lobo floor easels hold work up to 70″ tall! They can be used vertically or tilted back to any angle, even lay flat to work like a table. Done painting? This easel folds flat and can be stored safely away. Durable oak construction.

Artistic Insider August 2017 newsletter - Back to School

Futura studio table on the left, basic model on the right.

Futura drafting table with an elegant glass top is great for tracing, simply place a light under the glass surface to assist in translating your design. It’s a real Cadillac of drafting tables! Drawers and storage for all your stuff plus a sliding tray make it really functional, and it’s beautiful to look at too!  We also have our basic drafting table in melamine and white. It has storage for your art materials and comes with a handy stool. Reasonably priced, it will be a great addition to your art space.

Back to School traditions! The Venerable Yellow PencilArtistic Insider August 2017 newsletter - Back to SchoolThe Little-Known Reason Pencils Are Yellow

We’ve always wondered why pencils are yellow! Ever since 1st grade filling in bubbles on standardized tests, the yellow pencil has been our constant companion… After you read this great article about how the yellow pencil came to be, come visit us at The Art Store to see our full selection of Hardmuth Koh-I-Noor pencils! We carry colored pencils, graphite pencils, woodless colored pencils and more.  -Ida

Art in Your World:

What kind of art is being made in the world today? Check out these interesting art installations! We love to see art being used to uplift and enlighten humankind!

Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site

Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, has created a monumental replica of the Greek Parthenon from 100,000 copies of banned books. According to the artist, it symbolizes the resistance to political repression. Minujín’s work stands on a historic site where the Nazis burnt some 2,000 books in 1933 as part of a very broad campaign of censorship.

There’s A Genius Street Artist Running Loose In New York, And Let’s Hope Nobody Catches Him

American artist Tom Bob is running loose in the streets of New York, and let’s hope nobody catches him.

Using street “furniture” like poles or electrical terminals, Tom creates colorful and whimsical pieces that interact with their surroundings. From turning a sewer into a frying pan, to transforming gas meters into quirky lobsters, Tom Bob is making the city a much happier place for everybody.

Art Classes in the Area for August and September:

Are you looking for a class to take? Check out these local art centers for their latest class offerings!

Mountain artists’ guild has classes in watercolor, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, stone carving, glass slumping and more! Click the banner to go to their workshops web page to learn more.

Clayote studios has drop in art classes, ceramics, specialized workshops and more! Click the banner for more information on their website.

prescott art classes

‘Tis Annex offers classes, lessons and workshops of all kinds! From STEPS for kids to lessons for adults. Check them out!

Making art is good for your heart, soul and mind! So many people deny themselves the right to make art because they claim they are “not an artist”, or that they are “not creative”. Come paint, journal, cut and paste, draw and more. Come rediscover your creative side with simple, fun, approachable and meaningful projects that contain ways to create intuitively, enjoy the process and get more in touch with your heart, art and soul!

Yavapai College offers a full range of art classes. When you need your supplies at a great price, come get them from us at The Art Store! We offer a student discount every day, with ID.


Featured Local Artist: Charles Huckeba

Charles Huckeba of the Huckeba Art Gallery, next to the Frame & I in downtown Prescott, is a fabulous abstract acrylic painter. Check out this new work, a Chromo Texture painting of Giraffes! Enjoy the whimsy 🙂  And come visit Charles or Jill at the Huckeba gallery, Wednesday through Saturday at 227 W. Gurley St!

Inspirational thoughts of the month:

Art class is just the beginning!

Never be afraid to let your imagination play!

Thanks for reading! We hope you’ve been inspired, and we look forward to seeing you at The Art Store!

Best regards,

-Ida Kendall

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