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Invented Worlds of Maria-Helena Vieira da Silva

Monday, January 30, 2023 | Karl Cole

One of the most fascinating abstract movements to emerge in the mid-1900s was Art Informel. Often termed European Abstract Expressionism, the artists of the group emphasized intuitive, spontaneous, an ...

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Gem of the Month: Lotus Ten-Panel Screen

Monday, January 23, 2023 | Karl Cole

In observance of National Korean American Day, which occurred on Friday, January 13th, I dedicate the January Gem of the Month to the singular beauty of Korean art through the centuries. Korean art co ...

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Facing the Past: Jennifer Karady

Monday, January 9, 2023 | Karl Cole

Many people would probably prefer to forget about the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is something therapeutic about facing them and admitting they happened. Artist Jennifer Karady uses h ...

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Happy New Year 2023: Totoya Hokkei

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | Karl Cole

Mekari Shinji at the Mekari Shrine in Japan is an annual ritual of cutting wakame seaweed—symbolizing wealth and good fortune—from the ocean at low tide on New Year’s day of the old ...

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Sleigh Rides and Christmas Carols: Hattie Brunner

Monday, December 19, 2022 | Karl Cole

Some artists have a knack for setting a mood in a genre scene (scene of everyday life). Such is the case with Visionary artist Hattie Brunner, the so-called “Pennsylvania-German Grandma Moses.&r ...

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Editor’s Letter: Visual Culture

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

Your digital native students are immersed and engaged in visual culture in every aspect of their lives through their computers, digital devices, television, video games, and more. Developing visual an ...

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Froebel’s Gifts

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Ruth Byrne

Imagine drawing a single cube—a straightforward task for an art teacher. Now imagine drawing another cube so it looks like it’s on top of the first. This will activate your brain to search ...

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Surf’s Up

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Jessica Provow

My school is located a few blocks from the coast, so naturally people in the area turn to the ocean for food, work, and play. The location also brings in tourism and events such as large-scale art sho ...

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Oodles of Doodles

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | John Zilewicz

Recently, I was swiping through Instagram when I stumbled upon an art style called Doodle Art. Doodles are defined by Wikipedia as “simple drawings that can have concrete representational meanin ...

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Focusing on Visual Literacy

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Jane B. Montero

Think back to the last image you saw. Was it on social media, TV, a computer screen, your cell phone? Or was it in a museum, library, or on a billboard along the highway? Every time we blink, turn our ...

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Looking Ahead to Winter: Wayne Higby Ceramics

Monday, December 12, 2022 | Karl Cole

It just snowed where I live and winter is fast approaching. I personally love winter, snow and all, but I know many New Englanders dread it. That’s why there are a lot of “snowbirds” ...

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Gems of the Month: Robert Motherwell's Lyric Suite

Monday, December 5, 2022 | Karl Cole

In order to beat the holiday rush, I think it’s a good time for some early presents in the form of gorgeous works of art. Unfortunately, I can’t gift the real artworks to you, but just see ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Zia Pueblo

Monday, November 28, 2022 | Karl Cole

Today I present a work that reflects the abundance of rich indigenous cultures that populated the U.S. long before European settlement. The Anasazi of the western and southwestern U.S. were an amazing ...

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Thanksgiving Week 2022: John F. Francis Still Life

Monday, November 21, 2022 | Karl Cole

I don’t usually attend a large buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner, but I always observe the underlying reason for Thanksgiving: being grateful. Among the many things I am grateful for—a ...

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Autumn Color: Chung Hae-Cho

Monday, November 14, 2022 | Karl Cole

There have been some gorgeous arrays of color in Massachusetts foliage this autumn. I am particularly amazed at the palette of reds, especially when contrasted with any leaves that are still green. Th ...

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Editor’s Letter: Collaboration

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

As an art teacher, you are in an excellent position to develop collaborative projects for your students. On a practical level, you can have students work in pairs or small groups, correlate lessons wi ...

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