[Welcome to the big black pig studio
where Linda Carson makes art and
misses her students a lot!]
  • Linda teaches art, essays about how and why I do what I do
  • The Painting Lesson, a great big illustrated glossary of all the words used by painting teachers (including some French and Italian as necessary)

[Pretty picture:
There was a big black cow on the
bathroom wall at the big black pig studio]

  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

[Pretty picture:
At the previous big black pig studio,
there were the cave paintings in the bathroom]

"Unfortunately, one cannot be exceptional and normal at the same time. Parents often fret and plot to make their talented children more popular without realizing the inherent contradiction. Popularity, or even the strong ties to friends so common in adolescence, tends to make a young person conform to the peer culture. If the peer group itself is intellectual . . . then the conformity supports the development of talent. But in most cases it is not. Then loneliness, however painful, helps protect the interests of the adolescent from being diluted by the typical concerns of that stage of life." — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The big black pig studio is where Linda Carson makes art.

Apologies to everyone in search of art classes, but right now I'm doing all my teaching at the University of Waterloo and just don't have time for teaching any other classes.

The new degree program I helped develop at UW is a one-of-a-kind teaching opportunity, but I miss you every single day. Thanks for making me a better teacher, and remember . . .

There are fewer rules than you think

  1. Don't put down anyone's work, especially your own.
  2. Don't lick the brushes.
  3. No adult slave labour.
  4. You can quit but you can't whine.

    And what makes you think there's only one right answer?

You can still contact linda at bigblackpig dot com (that's Linda, the person behind the pig).