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Friday, August 28, 2015

September Newsletter: Camden We Love You!

I will talk from my heart. That’s the best I can do at this moment.  The right sentences,  the right words  do not come easy anyway. I feel hopeful. I feel helpless.  I feel love. I feel sadness. I feel confusion. But above all, I really really really want to do something to help  Camden and his family. I am writing to you all now,  beautiful community of my little school, in the hope that together we can make a difference to the lives of Anneliese, Camden and little Zoli. 

You see, five years ago, when the idea of starting my school was born, I envisioned a place where people could come because they felt good in the school, a place where people matter to each other and a place where people can bloom to their fullest creative potentials. You all came to my little school from different corners of the world  and I think that for many of you, it was more than just art lessons here. For some of you it was a place to make friends, for others it was a place to discover what you wanted in your life and make brave choices, and for some of you ASIB even turned out to be your "Hungarian family". Together, you have created a small vibrant creative arty hub in Budapest.

In spring 2013, at one of their usual Wednesday lessons,  Anneliese and Camden
Sping 2013: 
Camdon and Anneliese at one 
of their Wednesday lessons
anounced: " We have good news. You are all going to become aunties!"  We were  thrilled.  Lori brought baby clothes the following week, and from then on, every Wednesday at lesson breaks, we were curiously touching Annelieses belly, making botanical comments: "Oh, now he is the size of a grape. Oh, now he is the size of an egg-plant. Oh, now he is the size of a small watermelon". Aneliese and Camden were so happy and so much in love. We were happy for them and with them. I thought of them so brave:  they had fallen madly in love and three months later,
 they decided to make a break in their careers, they packed two big suitcase and came to Hungary to spend a year traveling, dancing, doing arts and  all kinds of things they always wanted to do but never had time for. That is how I met them- they enrolled onto several courses at my school. And the news of  little Zoli arriving eight months later, simply crowned their beautiful story.  

However, this spring an email arrived in my inbox. Camden was ill, Annelies wrote. Camden, the strong, sporty guy who lived on a boat in Hawai, who surfed, who dances salsa fantastically, the guy who had been a sucessful marketing manager and the kind, quiet guy who created amazing drawings in my lessons, had been diagnosed with leukemia. His son, Zoli, our little surfer, was just turning two.  This is where the search for a bone marrow donor started and this is where my words ended.

Camden working on his very first painting, spring 2013
I should be saying something wise here, as I need to finish this newsletter somehow, but my head is empty. The only sentence that comes from deep within me is: "Camden, we love you! Camden, we care. Camden we are with you in this"  I wish I could be there this September when he will receive a bone marrow transplant from his sister. I want to give him a BIG hug, to give  Anneliese a BIG hug, to hold again little Zoli in my arms. The hug would tell them more than any words of mine can. But, I am in Hungary and they are in the States. I write this newsletter instead of that hug. 

Perhaps you might like  to join me and say in your heart: "Camdon, we love you!"  Perhaps, like me, you want to do something. You might like to  pray, meditate, send positive thoughts, walk a labirint, send a postcard, send an email, send a donation to the crowd funding initiative or perhals you might have another idea. Just do what your heart tells you. Because today, every little counts.

Camden we love you!

(A friend of Camden and Anneleise started crowd 
founding. You can find more information at: 
This crowd funding is not about money- it is about 

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Brand New Beginning

A new school year - a brand new beginning!

The new term at Art School in Budapest is starting with four exciting new courses. Check the list below, choose the course which tickles your heart the most and join the ASIB community of friendly creative people. 


Aug. 26 -28 / 13.30 -16.30 h
Afternoons in the  
Botanical Garden

intensive painting course for adults and teens above 14 regardless of their previous experience

Whether you would like to explore how to use colors to get in touch with your inner world, or would rather enjoy learning more technical painting skills this is a course for you. Depending on your personal level and aspirations we will address topics such as color theory, developing sensitivity for mixing tones, using color to present space, volume, light and  composition as well as some ... 

Aug. 31 - Sep. 3 / 18.15 -21 h
Evening Nude 

An intensive sketching and drawing 
course for adults and teens above 14 
regardless of their previous experience

Whether you would like to have taste of lessons at ASIB or you would like to explore how you could use drawing live-model to express your feelings and thoughts this is a course for you. Each evening of this course a model will be set and you will be receiving guidance which will help you improve your drawing skills in pencil, charcoal or brush and ...


Wednesdays, 18.15 - 21h
Nude & Portrait 

A weekly painting and drawing 
course for adults and teens above 14

 Whether you are professionally or non-professionally involved in arts, this course may be a fun and relaxed way to enforce your current knowledge and skills in 2D figure depiction.  During the lessons a model will be set and you will be encouraged to make sketches, small drawings and paintings in a technique of your choice.Beside acquiring...read more>>>

Wednesdays, 16 - 17.30h
Sketching & 
Small Drawings

A weekly course for adults and teens above 14
regardless of their previous experience

 If you would like to improve your visual perception and your drawing skills in an energetic and fun way, this is a course for you. Through making sketches and small drawings of live model, still life and the interior, you will be developing your sight, sense of composition, linear expression, shading and much more...read more >>>

Saturday, August 1, 2015

See You In September!

Work by Peter Pink
Summer Holidays have started!  Art School in Budapest will be closed till September. 

The new timetable and list of courses are expected to be published soon. If you would like to be the first to know about the new course starting  next fall  please subscribe to the mailing list (artschoolbudapest@gmail.com) and/or follow Art School in Budapest on Facebook .
   If you are interested in attending private lessons during the summer please email at : artschoolbudapest@blogspot.com or call: + 36 20 467 5051

ASB wishes you a lovely summer filled with exciting experiences, relaxation and lots of art!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

End of School Year Picnic and Art Walk

Dora Haraszti playing kaval
One more wonderful school year has ended last week and it is time to celebrate.  Bring your friend on Friday, June 12th from 18h to The Arty Picnic  at Vérmező park ( please see the maps below)  and/or join us at the exciting Street Art and History in Pest walking tour on Saturday, June 13th from 10.30h  (please register)

Everyone big or small, young or old,  ASB student or not student  is welcome!


Friday, june 12th, The Arty Picnic: 
 - arrival 

19 h - Dora Haraszti mini concert  and optional lantern making.
I will be playing different kinds of music, this time something with lot of improvisation led by the mood of my kaval (a folksmusic-instrument) and inspired by the celebration." 
from 19.30h - Ligia Fernandes  will be playing guitar and singing Portuguese songs

What to bring? 1 - A cup to drink from
2 -  food and drinks to share with everyone (fruit, finger food and/or drinks - please keep it vegetarian and on the healthy side) 3 - blanket, towel, pillow to sit on
4- an empty jar to make lanter from
optional: balloons, friends, music instrument, outdoor games, kite, your dog,...

Please drop us an email at artschoolbudapest@gmail.com to let us know that you will be coming. This is important as in case of rain we will be able to inform you about the alternative place for the picnic.

Saturday, june 13th, art tour (please register): 
Street Art and History in Pest walking tour with lovely Perrine Deglaire

" We have all been living in Budapest for months, even years. We have all spenttime in the 7th District, we saw the Parliament a dozen of time and we do not need a map to find our way in Budapest anymore! But I bet Budapest still has some secrets for you! Through this tour, I will tell you some interesting facts about the Hungarian history which make Budapest what it is today. But I will also show you the dynamic face of Budapest, and its art growing in the 7th district. It would be a walking tour, so we will cover only a short part of the city but the most relevant spots for art’s students! Hope to see you there!"
 meeting:  10.30h in front of metro stop: Kossuth Lajos  (Near the Parliament)
Everyone is welcome.

The tour is free of charge and donations for Perrine will be appreciated.
Please drop us an email at 
artschoolbudapest@gmail.com to let us know that you will be comming, so that we know how many people to count on.

Place of picnick

Vérmező Park, Budapest, District 1


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Barbara's New Exhibitions

This June will be a super exciting month for me. Two installations of mine will be shown as part of two group exhibitions. I will be more honoured and happy if you would come to see my work . 

From June 3 - 26 I will be exhibiting a new installation of mine titled Everything That Grows Wants To Grow  at Vármező Gallery, Hungarian National Agricultural Library, Attila út 93, Budapest. I will be exhibiting an installation with plants, audio experience and much more.  

From June 6 - July 12 my installation Kaddish for Michael will be show in Művészet Malom Gallery, Bogdányi út 32, Szentendre. The opening will be on June 6th at 16h. This installation has been shown tree times already in Kragujevac (Serbia), Venice (Italy) and Szombathely. It is an interacive instalation in time, hence it is worthy comming to the opening. 

more information:  


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Intensive Painting Course

May 29th - June 1st  

a long weekend course for adults and teens above 14 regardless of their previous experience 

    Whether you would like to explore how to use colors to get in touch with your inner world, or would rather enjoy learning more technical painting skills this is a course for you. Trough fun and playful exercises we will address topics such as color theory, developing sensitivity for mixing tones, using color to present space, volume, light and  composition as well as some basics of painting technology. Exercises adopted from the Creative Self-Expression (a workshop offered at ASB- see below) will help you open up creatively, hear, trust and follow the “inner voice” and generally become more confident in using paint to express your feelings and ideas.Materials for the creative exercises will be provided. Students will be asked to bring their materials and tools for the rest of the lessons.)

    Group size: 3–6

Friday, May 29th:  18 - 21h
    Saturday and Sunday, May 30th - 31st :  10 - 13h and 14 - 17 h
   Monday, June 1st: 10 -13h 

Applicaition till  May 22nd, noon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Places Opening

Some students left Hungary, and new places are opening at Studio Painting and Drawing course on Wednesdays 14-17th. The second half of the course will run from April 16th - May 28th (7 lessons) any you are welcome to join. Students of different knowledge, experience and interests are welcome.

If you are a professionally or a non-professionally engaged in arts and would like to learn more about the skills and knowledge of traditional European art, this is the course for you. In the first part of the course we will draw and paint still life and interieur. After the spring break, we will have live model and weather permiting, some of the lessons will take part outside.
 While learning to draw and/or paint what you see accurately, your sight, sense of color and composition will develop, you may learn how to present depth, mix the exact tone you wish on your pallet and use techniques such as pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, ink and wash, gouache, home-made egg tempera, watercolors, etc.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Secrets of Egg Tempera

 May 1 -3
an intensive weekend course  

Can you imagine that your main kitchen ingredients, such as eggs or vinegar were once supplies in every painting workshop?

Egg tempera has been one of the oldest painting techniques in the Western visual depiction. It was widely used in Europe till the 15th century, when it was overtaken by oil-paint. Nowadays, this technique is still used, mainly in Orthodox icon painting and by some contemporary artists.
At this course you will learn:
● How to prepare and paint with your own egg tempera
● How to choose the right painting brushes and canvases 
● How to make skin glue and your own Italian gesso
● How to prepare your panel for painting

The course will be taught by Dr. Barbara Guttmana contemporary artist and art educator. To see some of Barbara's works made with the help of egg tempera please click here and here

Friday, May 1st: 18 - 20.30 h
Saturday, May 2nd:  14 -17.30 h
Sunday, May 4th: 10.30 -17.00 h (with 30 min lunch break)
Please note that the schedule is a time-estimate and may depend on the environmental factors as well as on the pre-experience of the people who apply to the course. If needed each apointment may be extended to a maximum of 60 minutes. 

Minimum 4 and maximum 7 students. Places will be allocated on first come first served bases. You place at the course will be guaranteed only after your deposit was covered and your filled and signed application form submited (please require a form in email) .  

Registrations deadline: Friday, April 24th

Fee: 32 000 - 62 000 Ft (aprox. 104 - 203 EUR) Depending on your financial abilities and free will. 
Fee includes: all materials (brushes, pigmets, canvas, panels, gesso, etc.) + tea and light snacks served during the lessons 
Deposit of 20 000 Ft (aprox. 65 EUR) will be required when you register to the course and it will be used to cover costs of materials and administration.  The deposit is non-refundable. You will be asked to cover the remaining part of your fee by 24th of April 2015 latest. In case of course cancelation, all of your payments will be fully refunded (including the deposit). 

Applications and more information at :
tel:  +36 20 467 5051


Fri. May 29 - Mon. Jun. 1  
Intensive Painting Course 
 a 4-day course for adults and teens above 14 regardless of their previous experience 



​My former student Anna Horvath (Hu), now a graduate student of Design in London has created an exciting art computer game, which puts you into shoes of an artists helping you learn how to orientate yourself financially in the word of art.  Please help Anna present this amazing educational game at the festivals in New York City and Cologne, Germany by donating anything between 1 -500 pounds at this crowd funding  (Every penny counts! ) site: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/art-tag-the-valuation-of-contemporary-art

You are put in the position of an artists who is making an installation and who then needs to market it and make his/her living out of art (or not only art) and survive in the current art scene. It is an amazinig creative game with both educational intemtions and a critique of the current situation of the art establishment. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Miracles Can Be Late - March Newsletter

Marshall B. Rosenberg
    One morning in July 2005 I was sitting on a train to Budapest.  I was heading to my very first nonviolent communication (NVC) training. Outside it looked just like a normal Sunday morning in July - sunny, quiet, slow.  Inside I was excited.  Did I know that that day would change my life?  No! Could I guess  that ten years later I would be writing this newsletter to you, celebrating the 4th birthday of my school? Of course not. All I knew back than was that I was hungry.  I knew that THAT was the thing I wanted to learn, that THAT something was actually THE thing I had wanted to learn all my life. I felt alive.
    It was a book of Marshall B. Rosenberg’s writings and interviews  that 'made' me enroll on my first NVC training. While visiting my parents earlier that summer, one boring afternoon,  I pulled a thin white book off my old library shelf. It was a book a friend had lent  me ten years earlier, a book I had forgotten  to read and obviously to return. Actually, by that time I had completely lost touch with the friend.  Regardless of this, the book found me in the end. I read it from cover to cover in one go.  
    Now, remembering the book  and the train ride, and how my life evolved after this,  I can’t help 
but wonder if miracles can be late? I keep asking what my life  would have looked like had I read the book at the time my friend gave it to me. I wonder what kind of person I could have been in my 20s if I had thought that having needs was alright, if I had understood that I cannot cause how another person feels and if I had had more skills back then to connect to myself and to others. That train ride in 2005 not only took me to Budapest, it took my entire life in a new direction. I learned how to be present and caring for others without losing myself, I learned how to say 'no' and how to hear the 'yes' behind the 'no', I learned that whatever I was feeling was alright, I learned that something worth doing was worth doing even if not done perfectly.
Hava Éva Havai
So were the miracles late? I don't know. Some people say that things happen when we are ready for them. Perhaps  Marshall Rosenberg's book had to stay on the shelf in my parents' house  for a whole decade, till I was ready to read it.  Perhaps, to figure out what I wanted in life and to found Art School in Budapest in March 2011, I first had to experience a burn-out and leave the public school I was teaching at. Perhaps,  miracles  can be late and perhaps it is actually alright.  And perhaps, only perhaps the time between  now and the miracles is called life experience.

(This newsletter is dedicated to two NVC teachers of mine: 
Marshall B. Rosenberg, father of Nonviolent Communication, who passed on January 7th 2015. and Hava Éva Jonai, my first NVC trainer who passed in October 2014. Your work and life continue to live through us).

March 7th
ASIB's Birthday Party
This March Art School in Budapest is celebrating it's 4th birthday. Bring your friend, your favourite cup and some finger food to share with everyone and join us for the grand celebration. This year events before the party will be a small comemmoration of the life and work of to Marshall B. Rosenberg.

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March 28 - 29, 10 -16h
Creative Self- Expression 
An intensive weekend workshop for everyone, regardless of age, talent or skills

Fri.- Sun. May 1 -3
Secrets of Egg Tempera 
 A weekend course for adults and teens above 14 regardless of their previous experience

Fri. May 29 - Mon. Jun. 1  
Intensive Painting Course 
 a 4-day course for adults and teens above 14 regardless of their previous experience