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Mandy Theis

Saturday, 16 October 2021
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One Day Art Lesson for Substitutes

Easy-peasy Sub-Proof Lessons for 1-100 Days So, you wake up with a scratch in your throat, and by the time you’ve had your morning coffee you are faced with the typical sick art teacher dilemma… Do you risk calling in … Continue reading

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

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

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