Carmel’s Street Statues

If you’ve been to Carmel, then you’ve most likely seen one or many of the statues by artist J Seward Johnson Jr. Known as the Normal Rockwell of American sculpture, his realist sculptures in Carmel depict everyday characters who you might see on the street.

Johnson was a painter before he moved on to the medium of sculpture. The picture shown to the left is titled “The Right Light”. The painted sculptures are in fact castings of real people. Johnson’s work can be found across the world. At 83 years old, he continues to sculpt and contribute to the art community.

Take advantage of the warm weather and head to Carmel to view these fantastic sculptures. Make a day of it and register for a painting class at The Paint Cellar. Want to create a painting depicting one of the sculptures? Join us for Open Studio 12 – 4pm on Fridays!

Credit to Zach Dobson Photography for the image.

Art Meets the Track at the Paint Cellar in Carmel

Indianapolis is famous for its racing culture throughout the country and beyond. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to many events throughout the year; most notably, the Indianapolis 500. The first race of the Indy 500 was in 1911 – over 100 years ago. The owner of the paint cellar is no stranger to the track and has created her own pieces that capture the spirit of Indianapolis’ racing heritage.

Starting May 3rd, The Indianapolis Art Museum is hosting an exhibition titled, “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas”. The exhibition will last until August 23rd – plenty of time to see great art and be inspired.

Are you a fan of the track? Perhaps you’ve been looking for something to motivate the man in your life to accompany you to the Paint Cellar. Book a private party for you and friends to paint your own rendition of the Speedway, join us for an open studio to paint your own interpretation of Indy’s racing culture, or stay tuned to our class calendars for a painting that strikes your interest.

Inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe

The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition closed this past weekend at the Indianapolis Art Museum. For those lucky enough to have visited, they saw spectacular works from one of America’s most notable artists. O’Keeffe spent most of her life painting in the southwestern United States – a region which inspired her greatly. Her still life and landscape paintings brought to life scenes of beauty to generations of art admirers.

O’Keeffe was perhaps most famous for her beautiful paintings of flowers. She once said, “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”

The Paint Cellar in Indianapolis is a great place to spend time with friends while creating your own piece of art to cherish. If you are inspired by the work of O’Keeffe and would like to create your own painting like the one shown here, please view our class calendars or contact us for assistance in scheduling a time and painting for you and your friends and family.

Fall Art Club for Kids

FallKidsArtClubWe’re excited to offer Fall Art Club for kids, including weekday classes during fall break!   Our Fall Art Club will feature fun and age appropriate workshops in canvas painting with acrylics, painting with watercolors, mixed-media, and creative movement.  Club members can choose which 1.5 hour classes they would like to attend, and if they choose three classes, they can attend a fourth for free!

Please wear art clothes – we might get a little messy! If you choose to come for two classes on a day when you don’t have school, have your parents (or you!) pack a non-microwaveable lunch and/or snacks to enjoy during the day.

These classes will be in the mornings and afternoons during fall break, and in the later afternoons after school through the fall.

Learn More and Register Today!

3rd Annual Pumpkin Painting Party

2014 pumpkin painting party flyerThe Paint Cellar is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Pumpkin Painting Party for the whole family on October 18th!  It is that time of year, when pumpkins, falling leaves, and s’mores are all the rage.  We had so much fun painting pumpkins with everyone last year and the year before, that we can’t wait to continue the tradition this year.

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and “carve” out some time to join us at our studio in Carmel from 11:00am – 12:30pm.  Leave your orange paint at home, ‘cause you won’t need it!  You can paint and decorate your pumpkin with all kinds of embellishments and accessories – for only $5!!!  You will likely go home with the best-dressed pumpkin on your block!

We will also have original artwork for sale and light refreshments for you to enjoy.  If our morning session fills up, we will definitely add an afternoon session.  Go to to register your whole family.  See who can paint the best pumpkin this year!