A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show celebrates the creativity of artists and draws attention to the importance of art in our society, but it also wraps these ideas into a reality show package that sometimes highlights the dramatic and the competitive.
Positive Role Models
The artists are from all walks of life, and have received varied amounts of education and training as artists. All of them view art as a positive way of expressing themselves.
Violence & Scariness
The contestants occasionally use violent imagery and other disturbing visual symbols to create their art.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full nudity is visible in some of the art pieces, but it is not intended to be salacious. Live models often pose nude, but breasts, backsides, and genitals are blurred. In one episode the word "pussy" is used to describe female genitalia. Occasionally people talk about "getting off" on an art piece.
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Words like "hell" are audible, while curses like "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Blue Canvas magazine is featured. Prismacolor is a major sponsor of the show. Logos for Prismacolor art supplies and HP Media Smart are prominently visible. Other art supply brands, like Krylon, are occasionally visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is visible; contestants are shown rolling their own. Alcohol (wine, champagne) is consumed during gallery receptions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality competition -- which features artists competing for money and a chance to show their work in a solo museum exhibit -- offers a glitzy glimpse into the art world, which includes some strong language (words like "hell" are audible while curses like "f--k" are fully bleeped), as well as some sexual innuendo. Nudity and sexualized images are visible in paintings and other artistic renderings, but is blurred when live nude models are used. Occasionally artists use violent imagery and other disturbing visual symbols to create their art. Cigarette smoking and drinking often pops up at receptions. Logos for some of the show's sponsors, like Prismacolor and HP Media Smart, are clearly visible.
Is It Any Good?
The series, which is produced by actress and art enthusiast Sarah Jessica Parker, follows the same familiar format that popular shows like Project Runway and Top Chef are known for. As a result, it highlights the contestants who have unique personalities, and underscores some of the friendships and conflicts that emerge between them while playing up the elimination drama.
The show offers some interesting insight into what makes people's creations art, as well as what goes into critiquing it. But asking people to create good art within a very specific and limited time frame for the sake of a competition seems to undermine the very creative process the show is supposed to be celebrating. It may appeal to reality fans, but die hard art lovers might have a hard time appreciating the picture it is painting.
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