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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Legfills most of the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth from Jun 10, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018. Don't miss it if you are anywhere near Fort Worth! ...

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Art Teachers At Naea New Orleans

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Whether you are a newbie or a veteran art teacher, the beginning of the school year always offers a fresh new start and an opportunity for setting high expectations for your students. To renew or rein ...

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Curator’s Corner

A Lyrical August Gift

Monday, August 20, 2018 | Karl Cole

I’m always wowed by color. And when I found out that the landscape-like backgrounds of this artist’s work are derived from pond scum powder (spirulina is the source, considered a healthy a ...

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Eye Candy for August

Monday, August 13, 2018 | Karl Cole

I can’t think that anybody doesn’t find the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his designers to be absolutely beautiful specimens of glass art. Seeing some of his windows recently in Boston ...

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Artists with August Birthdays

Monday, August 6, 2018 | Karl Cole

Monthly artists’ birthdays are a good way to introduce you to a variety of artists I actually adore, while contrasting art from vastly different cultures. I’m not going to call it “i ...

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Have You Had Your Fiber Today?

Monday, July 30, 2018 | Karl Cole

As you all know, I’m not a fan of the words “decorative arts,” “artisan,” “crafts,” or “craftsperson.” I think we’re way beyond that now. If ...

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Put on Your SPF 100 Sunblock

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | Karl Cole

Alex Katz’s birthday is today, the 24th of July. Happy Birthday to this extraordinary artist! I’ve come to be a great admirer of his work, and find it unfortunate that he is sometimes ...

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An Important Art Colony School

Monday, July 16, 2018 | Karl Cole

I will soon be on my way to Provincetown for vacation. Some of my favorite things to do with my husband in Provincetown are looking at the art in all the galleries and finding out where certain artist ...

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Curator’s Corner

Wear a Protective Mask!

Monday, July 9, 2018 | Karl Cole

My dear friend Matt was an engineering professor at a local university. You wonder why I start with that line? Well, that’s because he was also an artist in wood, as I mentioned in a previous po ...

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Curator’s Corner

Happy July!

Monday, July 2, 2018 | Karl Cole

I want to wish everyone a happy July, even though it pains me when I think that the summer is half over, here in New England anyway. However, what better way to ignore that idea than to focus on art? ...

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Curator’s Corner

Another Ignored Aspect of an American Art Movement

Monday, June 25, 2018 | Karl Cole

Nothing showcases the American obsession with realism in art during the 1800s better than the brief Trompe l’Oeil Realism movement of the 1880s and 1890s. Like the Dutch Baroque realist still-li ...

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Write for SchoolArts Magazine

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Art teachers, summertime is a great time to write articles for SchoolArts Magazine about your most successful studio lessons and ideas. ...

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What Do You Think of When I Say "Porcelain"?

Monday, June 18, 2018 | Karl Cole

“American” is probably not the first word that springs to mind when paired with “porcelain.” We all know that China developed porcelain by the 600s or 700s CE and perfected it ...

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American Impressionists You Probably Don't Know

Monday, June 11, 2018 | Karl Cole

The joy of approaching summer always makes me think of color, and color makes me think of Impressionism—American Impressionism in this case. The Ten American Painters group was formed in 1898 by ...

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An Illustrator (Who Happens to be a Woman)

Monday, June 4, 2018 | Karl Cole

As we know, women have been artists since the beginning of recorded time. The dawn of women artists as a significant part of magazine, book, and newspaper illustration, however, came at the end of the ...

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National Textiles Month

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | Karl Cole

Although I’m an art historian, sometimes I feel that art should just be looked at rather than analyzed to death. When I read somewhere that May is National Textiles Month (May 3rd was National T ...

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