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Saturday, 9 October 2021
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Your Hand Gets Better Before Your Eye

If you just started atelier training and feel like you are going crazy, relax, that’s normal.     One of the most challenging aspects of atelier training for students is that their eye starts to see things better than their … Continue reading

Saturday, 18 September 2021
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Name Your Shadow Shapes when Drawing

Naming the shapes within your shapes helps you to draw accurately.     Name Those Shapes “Don’t you see? It looks like Minnesota on crack.” This is how I once described a shadow shape to one of my students in … Continue reading

Sunday, 12 September 2021
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Why Is Red So Hard to Paint?

Red subjects have a bad reputation for being difficult to paint. But if you take time to identify its attributes, you can easily overcome red’s obstacles. Have you ever tried to Cosplay Sabastian from The Little Mermaid? It’s no easy … 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, 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

Thursday, 10 June 2021
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3 Unexpected Podcasts for Art Teachers

There are obvious podcasts for art teachers, and then there are the hidden nuggets that you might have missed. Here are 3 podcasts for art teachers that we think you should definitely know about.   Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource … Continue reading

Thursday, 27 May 2021
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What Should I Draw?

“What should I draw?” is a common refrain from students in my art classroom. After years of answering this question, I have found that the answer is different for each student. As artists develop their skills, certain drawing subjects are … Continue reading

Monday, 24 May 2021
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How to Set Up a Painting Studio

Save yourself frustration and hassle by setting up your art studio space the right way.     Learning how to draw and paint at the highest levels is challenging enough – there is no need to make the task even … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 May 2021
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Art Skill Scarcity: What Happened?

Learning how to draw realistically was a necessary skill taught in much formal education up until the dawn of the 20th century. Being able to accurately draw ideas for a bridge was as necessary of a skill for engineers as … Continue reading

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