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History of the Art Academy and the Philosophy of the Founder



The Art Academy de los Niños opened in September of 1990 when the founder, Sandi Wright moved her studio from Los Alamos to Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Los Alamos, she founded and directed the Overlook Art School, located at the scenic White Rock overlook. Hundreds of students, young and old have taken her classes in drawing, painting, pottery, and mixed media with many today making a living with their art.

She taught fine arts in the public schools in California and New Mexico for 30 years. She also taught painting at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Ca., pottery at Santa Fe Community College, as well as seminars at San Juan College, Farmington, NM and St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

While it is beneficial to start children at an early age drawing and learning to "see" as an artist, it is not essential. Ms. Wright believes that everyone can learn to draw well. Sandi uses Betty Edwards method of "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" to help achieve this. Classes are limited in size with individual instruction and encouragement to advance the student rapidly to success. Most of her young students continue into their teens. There are after-school art classes for pre-teens, children and teens, as well as evening classes for adults. Classes consist of drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture and printmaking.

Sandi’s paintings have shown in and been represented by galleries in Denver, New Orleans, Cleveland, Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque and Los Alamos. She is currently showing in her home gallery by appointment only.

Ms. Wright is the author of a beautifully illustrated children’s book, "The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam",  nominated for a New Mexico book award in six categories. She won the Southern New Mexico State best-of-show award with her watercolor painting "Sudden Storm". Her work been accepted into numerous juried shows. She received a grant as archeological (field) artist to draw artifacts in the Middle East (Jordan) and in 2004 received a fellowship to teach southwest history and art in China.


The  Adventures of Santa  Fe Sam

Archeological Field trip to Petra Jordan

Sandi  at  the  Great  Wall  of China

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