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Hidden Identities

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One of the most fulfilling projects I’ve taught in my AP drawing class is based on the idea of the developing (and often conflicting) identity for young men. We start by watching clips of the fi ...

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Rah-Rah for Art Education

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A common dictionary definition of an advocate is one who pleads the cause of another, or one who defends or maintains a cause or a proposal. If you ask art educators if they are advocates for the arts ...

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Creating College IDs

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One way I motivate students to become engaged is to introduce self-portraits, which are always popular, but I like to change it up and make the self-portraits more substantial than just drawing your f ...

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Disability Pride Month 2021 II

Monday, July 26, 2021 | Karl Cole

Susan Te Kahurangi King excels at reconfiguring images she sees and stores in her memory, using them over and over in her artwork. In her early drawings, King turned to pop culture icons such as ...

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Disability Pride Month 2021 - Yayoi Kusama

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | Karl Cole

July is Disability Pride Month! As we continue to celebrate this annual observance that promotes the pride felt by people with disabilities, today we share artist Yayoi Kusama. During her long and ...

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Curator’s Corner

Disability Pride Month 2021 I

Monday, July 19, 2021 | Karl Cole

The intricate, beautifully composed works of Hector Alonzo Benavides are a leap into his detail-inclined mind. Even if he did overwork some of his pieces, he still has a great sense of balance, compos ...

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Celebrating People with Disability Pride Month

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | Karl Cole

July is Disability Pride Month! This annual observance is used to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities. To celebrate this important month ...

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Curator’s Corner

World Watercolor Month: Kota School

Monday, July 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

I imagine July is World Watercolor Month because many artists take advantage of the beautiful summer weather to paint out of doors. I never fail to admire artists who achieve amazing works in this med ...

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Curator’s Corner

The Van Gogh of America: Birger Sandzén

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 | Karl Cole

As we celebrate the 4th of July and what it is supposed to represent, I present to you an artist who was an immigrant and had a big impact on American art and art education: Birger Sandzén. He ...

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Pride Month 2021 V: Robert Indiana

Monday, June 28, 2021 | Karl Cole

The artwork I’m featuring today is one of the most plagiarized works of art, created before stricter copyright laws were enacted in 1978. Although the original format from 1964 was inspired by A ...

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Pride Month 2021 IV: Alfonso Ossorio

Monday, June 21, 2021 | Karl Cole

Alfonso Ossorio was one of the lesser-known rebels against American Abstract Expressionism, after briefly being under its sway. Like many of the gay artists on the periphery of Abstract Expressionism, ...

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Happy Juneteenth, 19 June, 2021: Celebrating the newest National Holiday!

Friday, June 18, 2021 | Karl Cole

We know we’re a day early celebrating Juneteenth, but It’s about time! African Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth forever! The movement to make it a federal holiday was spearheaded ...

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Pride Month 2021 III: George Tooker

Monday, June 14, 2021 | Karl Cole

Introspective realist George Tooker was among a group of artists who adapted the use of tempera in their work in the 1940s. These artists aspired to create paintings that mirrored the realism of Itali ...

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Pride Month 2021 II: Berenice Abbott

Monday, June 7, 2021 | Karl Cole

By the time of the severe world economic downturn of the Great Depression (1929–1940) in America, many women artists were professional photographers and extremely successful in the field of ...

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Pride Month 2021 I: Martin Wong

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Karl Cole

We end Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and begin LGBTQI+ Pride Month with a wonderful, gentle soul. Martin Wong was part of the vibrant art community in the East Village of New York ...

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Jewish American Heritage Month: Eleanor Antin

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | Karl Cole

Eleanor Antin was a pioneer in the use of multi-media during the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s. The young counterculture of the 1960s in America challenged the values and policies of a male-domin ...

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