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Saturday, 2 October 2021
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The Strength of Beauty

What makes a bridge strong? Is it the materials used, or the engineering technology employed in its creation? Is it how much weight it can hold, or what natural phenomena it can withstand?     Perhaps the strongest bridge in … Continue reading

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, 4 September 2021
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It’s OK to Be Afraid of Atelier Training

Are you afraid you might not be good enough to start atelier training? You’re not alone.     Atelier Training Can Be Intimidating I constantly field questions from people who have always dreamed of drawing and painting realistically, but are … 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, 31 July 2021
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Seeing with Your Eyes and Not Assumptions

Artists work hard to lose their assumptions about what they are seeing, and truly observe the scenes before them.     Seeing with an Innocent Eye Most of us at one point learned how to draw an apple by starting … 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

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