Making Art: NoHo’s Teen Art Classes

Making Art: NoHo’s Teen Art Classes

North Hollywood has many up and coming visual artists and Carter Sexton Art Store is helping to hone the skills of our young artistes! We always say “what separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Well that hard works starts in NoHo. The NoHo Arts District is just one-square mile but we are actually an arts training center. We train actors, musicians, dancers and singers and also the visual artist.

Teenagers and young adults are finding a place to learn advanced techniques and portfolio development at Carter-Sexton Art Store and Gallery in North Hollywood. They have a chance to explore a myriad of art techniques and materials under the guidance of professional artist Margie Murray. They explore watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pen and ink, pastel, graphite and various painting and drawing surfaces. The advantage of the class is that students have the time to develop artwork at their own pace and the freedom to create without being graded on their work. Their art classes are:

Mondays (Grades 7-12) 4:30 – 5:30
Tuesdays (Grades 6-10) 4:30 – 5:30

Their art class show will celebrate their students’ achievements. Join them on Saturday, September 21 from 2-5PM at Cater Sexton at 5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in North Hollywood.

Carter Sexton NoHo Arts District Teen and Kid Art Class

“It is exciting to guide and observe the development of young artists as they find their creative voices through the visual arts,” says art instructor Margie Murray. “My favorite quotes if from William Wordsworth – ‘The Child is the Father of the Man. I am filled with joy when I see their artistic endeavors come to life and hope that I have been a positive influence in their artistic journey.’”

Margie Murray is a painter living in the San Fernando Valley and is inspired by the natural beauty of the California landscape. She works mainly in oil and pastel but as a teacher, she works with her students in watercolor, ink, pastel, acrylic and various forms of mixed media. She is currently teaching two teen art classes at Carter-Sexton Art Gallery. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and has had art training at Associates in Art, Sturcke Studios, the Kate Sammon’s Atelier, and the Los Angele’s Figurative Academy. Her pastel painting “Ocean’s Gifts” was selected as a finalist in the December 2011 Still Life competition by Artist’s Magazine. Her classes have been increasing in size and she will now be teaching the class with her award winning painting partner Otto “Tito” Sturcke. They will be teaching in all media and doing workshops together and portfolio development for teenagers entering into the arts for High School and College. You can view their biographies by going to and

Here are just a couple of samples of the artworks from the Carter Sexton teen art classes.

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Zhanel Madiyarova
Ninth grade, North Hollywood High School
“Pink Flamingo” – in pastel

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Eliza Remillong
Eighth Grade, Laurel Hall
“Donner Lake” – acrylic

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