Student Spotlight: Samantha Tharler, Artist Extraordinaire

The CourseHorse community consists of learners, movers and shakers, and game-changers. Whether to enhance their careers, discover something new, pursue long standing interests, or simply to have some fun, we’re inspired by our users and their commitment to lifelong learning. 
This week we feature Samantha Tharler, fashion designer and budding artist. 


Tell us about yourself!

Hi! I’m Samantha, born and raised in NYC. I’m in the process of transitioning from a career in fashion to a career in art in NYC. I currently run a small online boutique, but recently started teaching at an after-school art enrichment program and love it. Teaching art made me want to brush up on my own art skills.

What do you do in your free time?

I love creating things and experimenting with techniques and materials. Usually I sew and make clothes for myself, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting. I’ve been in NYC my whole life, but after doing so much art and spending time in art studios here,  I feel like I’m discovering a new part of the city.​

What skills are you working on now? Any pics to share?

I am working on sculpting, and painting at the moment. CourseHorse makes it really easy to improve!


What have some of your favorite classes been and why?

I really like the free drop in drawing events at The MET that CourseHorse listed and I otherwise wouldn’t know about. I’ve also discovered these really great art studios in Brooklyn that I never would have known about otherwise.


What’s on your learning wish list?

I would love to learn encaustic painting, although it’s hard to find affordable options in NYC. My next class in line is one of The Art Students League plein air workshops, I would love to take one of those.


What’s your learning philosophy?

It’s never too late. I thought my experience working with clay and watercolor was done after middle school. I feel so much more alive now that I’m doing art again – it definitely changes the way you see the world. I also used to hate going to museums and would get serious museum fatigue, but now I understand why people can stare at a painting for 15 minutes. So I would say go for it at any time in your life ​and try something new!

You can find Samantha on Pinterest – @Samantha Tharler (stharler)

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