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Rethinking Classicism Part 6

Friday, August 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Let’s wrap up my Rethinking Classicism series with a look at what might be regarded as classic art of today in the future. 100 years from now, will video installation be considered a classi ...

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Curator’s Corner

Rethinking Classicism Part 5

Friday, August 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Let’s consider modern classicism in the United States for today’s Rethinking Classicism post. Andy Warhol created some of the most recognizable, iconic artworks of the mid-1900s Pop Art mo ...

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Curator’s Corner

Rethinking Classicism Part 4

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

Today's Rethinking Classicism post brings us to the city of Isfahan, Iran. The Safavid dynasty (1501–1736) was a cultural pinnacle in Persian history. The Safavid rulers were massive patrons of ...

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Curator’s Corner

Rethinking Classicism Part 3

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | Karl Cole

My Rethinking Classicism series continues with landscapes of the Southern Song style. The early Song period (900s CE) witnessed the rise of a great school of landscape painting that endured as the mea ...

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Curator’s Corner

Rethinking Classicism Part 2

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | Karl Cole

I’m continuing my investigation into different ways of interpreting classicism in art with a look at a classic style from India. Most major encyclopedic museums likely have in their collections ...

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Davis Desk

Racial Justice through Art

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | Barbara Place

We are at an important moment in our history, both in the United States and around the world. The killing of George Floyd has opened the eyes of people who realized viscerally—many for the first ...

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Curator’s Corner

Rethinking Classicism Part 1

Monday, August 10, 2020 | Karl Cole

As a Westerner (and art historian my entire adult life), I have always felt extremely weary of the word “classicism.” One reason I am weary of the word is that it is used as a blanket term ...

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Curator’s Corner

Something Swiss This Way Comes

Monday, August 3, 2020 | Karl Cole

The first of August, this past Saturday, is Switzerland's "Independence Day," so I’m presenting a Swiss installation artist: Pipilotti Rist. The typical luxuriant colors of her vi ...

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Curator’s Corner

World Watercolor Month: Charles Brownell

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Karl Cole

I’m closing out my World Watercolor Month series with the work of Charles de Wolf Brownell. Many of Brownell's most standout landscapes and nature studies are his watercolors. His watercolor wor ...

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SchoolArts Room

All Levels: My Virtual Art Room

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Karyn Kuniyuki

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers transformed their programs to virtual instruction seemingly overnight with verve and patience. Administrators across the nation are enacting contingency pla ...

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SchoolArts Room

Community

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Nancy Walkup

This is a challenging time for art educators as states practice social distancing, close schools, and recommend staying home. As I write this, we don’t know what will happen this fall, but I kno ...

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Curator’s Corner

World Watercolor Month: Yosa Buson

Monday, July 27, 2020 | Karl Cole

If any artists could be called the “masters” of watercolor, it would be the artists of Asia—particularly far eastern Asia (Japan, China, Korea)—who, for centuries, used in ...

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Article

My Virtual Art Room

Friday, July 24, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers transformed their programs to virtual instruction seemingly overnight with verve and patience. Administrators across the nation are enacting contingency pla ...

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Article

The Cracker Box Sketchbook

Friday, July 24, 2020

The quote, “A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” is often attributed to Winston Churchill. Whether Churchill said it or not, ...

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Article

Roaring with Positivity

Friday, July 24, 2020

In the midst of summer vacation, I’d say the last thing most teachers want to do is think about the upcoming school year, but we art teachers are a different breed. Our heads and hearts are full ...

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Article

Retreading the Color Wheel

Friday, July 24, 2020

Something I’ve learned in my thirty years of teaching is that the little time we have with students is precious. So much so that many years ago, I made the decision that I would no longer do exe ...

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