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Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

Sunday, 27 June 2021
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Art Can Be Taught, Art Can Be Learned

“…I think undoubtedly everybody ought to be taught to draw, just as much as everybody ought to be taught to read and write.”  -William Morris     “Oh by the way, you are the music teacher too.” These were words … Continue reading

Mandy Theis

Saturday, 26 June 2021
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Color Palettes of Iceland

Every country has its own, place-specific palette, but Iceland has some of the most unique colors of them all.     Blue Lagoon Palette The Blue Lagoon is world-famous for its milky-blue waters. As an artist, I wanted to discover … Continue reading

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

Monday, 14 June 2021
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The Must-Know Secret for Teaching Oil Painting on a Budget

Teaching oil painting with a small budget is possible if you apply this one simple principle. (Please note this article contains affiliate links.) Many art educators avoid teaching oil painting in their classrooms due to expense. It is true that … Continue reading

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