The Way of Art

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Stephen Zeifman, artist and teacher of studio art and art history, and the founder of Mill Road Studio, discusses his unique approach to art. He talks about his life as an artist, what can be termed the “artist’s lifestyle,” and the importance of having a focus driven not by commerce but rather by the challenges of engaging in a creative practice. But this is not yet another dry academic explanation of art, rather the book takes the reader on a personal tour, like moving through a grand exhibition, each chapter a new hall of exploration and discovery. Using museum visits to Toronto, San Francisco and London as catalysts for discussion and interpretation, he relates his experiences by describing the works he is seeing and his responses to them are insightful assessments by way of theory and history and the anecdotal. He also outlines the steps a person might take if they wish to learn how to draw, as a furthering of intimately participating in the fine arts. Ultimately, The Way of Art envelopes the reader in the variety and texture, exuberance and joy, and the constant challenges of living with one’s eyes wide open to the visual world around them.


Stephen Zeifman is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher who believes that the experience of art can add dimension to and enhance a person’s quality of life. While in his 20s, a motorcycle trip through Europe opened his eyes to art and architecture he had never before been exposed to, nor had the opportunity to understand and appreciate. Soon after he changed his academic focus to the history of art. Four decades later he continues his life as an artist and teacher of studio art and art history, and is the founder of Mill Road Studio.