little acorn studio

About me

Maria Carluccio was born and raised in a small town in northern New Jersey, back when kids rode bikes with banana seats. As a young adult, she craved to see the world and experience different cultures which lead her to live in lots of different cities throughout her life, including Milan Italy in the early 1990’s.

Maria earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, with honors. She currently lives in Columbus Ohio and teaches illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. Maria also leads workshops and lectures at Universities an Corporations throughout the Country.

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My daily posts
3 years ago I decided to try and create a new piece of art everyday. Back then, this was simply a way to stay in practice and challenge myself creatively. As I began to post these daily experiments on Instagram I started to see that sharing my sketchbook helped me feel less alone in the creative process and this in turn spurred me to continue to challenge myself everyday. Doing these daily posts has been a wonderful experience overall but it can be really hard and very scary sometimes too but it has changed the way I create art (and also helped me feel connected to many wonderfully, supportive people from all over the globe). Presently I teach an “Instagram monthly challenge” in my illustration classes. I try to encourage my students to be self motivated and to see how a daily practice can help them grow in ways the never would have imagined.

To learn more about my process on my "one a day posts" check out this blog post.
Here's a little bit from my Instagram feed @Carluccio7.