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Saturday, 25 September 2021
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On Mastercopies in Art

Is copying bad in art? In my experience within art education communities, there is a deeply held belief that copying anything in art is harmful. It’s true that copying another’s work and passing it off as your own is clearly … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 August 2021
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Community Suppression of Art Knowledge

What happens when a community suppresses itself?   Types of Community Suppression When I was 14, my classmate D and I completed a science project together and have been good friends ever since. D’s great-grandparents had immigrated to the United … Continue reading

Saturday, 21 August 2021
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Does Training Ruin Artists’ Voices?

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.” – Edgar Degas in the Shop Talk of Edgar Degas      Translating Visual Information Did … Continue reading

Saturday, 14 August 2021
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Why Not Just Use a Camera?

Cameras are just one way of translating information onto a 2D surface, but not the only way. And definitively not always the best way.     There is a misguided belief that all realism is photography, and that all realism … Continue reading

Saturday, 7 August 2021
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Art As a Collective Body of Knowledge

Is atelier training Eurocentric? When considering mathematical concepts, rarely do people worry if the Pythagorean Theorem came from Ancient Greece, and that the symbols to represent numbers come from the Middle East. Throughout the history of humanity, discoveries in math … Continue reading

Saturday, 24 July 2021
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Everything You Know About Warm and Cool Colors Is Wrong

Red, orange, yellow – warm colors right? Green, blue, purple are cool colors, right? Wrong.  The truth is, that every color is both warm AND cool, and that warm and cool colors are all relative to each other. Take purple … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 July 2021
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Art & Beauty

When artists abandon beauty and the human figure as worthy subjects, the advertising industry fills the vacuum with glee.   When artists turned from figurative representation and towards Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and all the other “isms” that followed, it … Continue reading

Saturday, 10 July 2021
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Art Prodigy Propoganda

As an art teacher, nothing is more ire-inspiring to me than the proliferation of prodigy propaganda. We see them everywhere on social media – young children with extraordinary amounts of training by experts at such a young age, that we … Continue reading

Saturday, 3 July 2021
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THE MAGIC OF SEEING

Seeing better – like reading – is a skill that can enhance nearly every aspect of day-to-day life.     My older sister learned how to read before me, the result of which made me believe for some period of … Continue reading

Tuesday, 29 June 2021
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