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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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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

Thursday, 17 June 2021
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Gesture & Bad Giraffe Taxedermy

Gesture is an essential skill for artists, and especially taxidermists, to master. 19th century Paris had a giraffe. Not just any giraffe – a beloved giraffe. This giraffe, dubbed “Zarafa”, was adored by the people of Paris. Giraffe wallpapers were … Continue reading

Monday, 31 May 2021
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Learning to Draw Matters

You have a magic carpet/That will whiz you through the air To Spain or Maine or Mexico/If you just tell it where.  So will you let it take you/Where you’ve never gone before? Or will you buy some drapes to … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 May 2021
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And so does the hope for a return to a more “normal” school year.  But what is “normal” in the art classroom anymore? And should we go back to teaching art exactly the way we were before?   The pandemic may have … Continue reading

Monday, 26 April 2021
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Deftness of Touch when Drawing

Sensitivity of touch is a necessary skill for drawing at the highest levels. When I started learning how to draw at an atelier, I was completely astonished when observing my very first drawing demonstration. The instructor picked up a piece … Continue reading

Thursday, 11 March 2021
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How to un-banish a color from your wardrobe and find the right version of it for you. I used to think that I could NOT wear the color yellow. “Ugh,” I thought when I saw yellow. Or I would see the … Continue reading

Monday, 15 February 2021
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Tree Study by John Ruskin (1819-1900) Ruskin Foundation, Ruskin Library, Lancaster University “That woman poached a couch and skinned it!” This what my friend and fellow painter exclaimed to me in a coffee shop one day.  I glanced up to see … Continue reading

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