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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

Mandy Theis

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

Mandy Theis

Monday, 7 June 2021
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Scientific Discoveries in Art

Scientific progress is not always recognized in art, but it plays a significant role in aesthetic developments. The discovery of cadmiums as a use for pigment had an enormous effect on the trajectory of art. Cadmium reds, yellows, oranges, and … Continue reading

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