Chappy Valente

Artist Teacher

When I was six years old, my mother, a frustrated artist in her own right, recognized my inclinations and sought ways to "stoke the fire" so to speak.

WPIX Channel 11 in New York City aired a program called "Learn To Draw with Jon Gnagy" (pronounced nay-gy) every Saturday morning. My Mom would put the rest of my brothers out and turn sole access to the TV over to me for that one half hour under the guidance of Jon Gnagy. Looking back, it probably helped that it was all in black and white, but I'll get into that later . . .

It was there and then I learned the essentials of composition, contour drawing and perspective.  These lessons became the underpinning for everything else I would learn thereafter. 

   

I went on to extract a great deal at the Art Students League of New York as well as the International School of Painting Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy, but the information I rely on most consistently are the essentials learned from good ol' "Learn To Draw with Jon Gnagy".

Now after sixty years of painting my deepest passion is teaching others those simple core principles which I believe should guide every painters approach regardless of their level of experience.