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Pfahl for Fall

Monday, October 22, 2018 | Karl Cole

I know that this artist’s name (German origin) is pronounce “Pfaal” instead of “Fawl,” but I couldn’t resist shining a spotlight on him this week—for artistic ...

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American-Renaissance-Aesthetic Entrepreneur

Monday, October 15, 2018 | Karl Cole

I often happen upon an artist’s name and think, “Aha! I’ve never posted about this artist, and his/her work is awesome.” That’s what happened yesterday when I crossed pat ...

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Monarch Migrations and the Mexican Days of the Dead

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Monarch Migrations Keriann Kirkeng One year I was researching Dia De Los Muertos/The Mexican Day of the Dead  to incorporate in a unit I was creating and I became fascinated with its co ...

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Embracing Art for Social Change: Washington Art Education Association Conference

Friday, October 12, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

I'm just back from a great trip to Tacoma, Washington, to present Embracing Art for Social Change at the Washington Art Education Association Conference and thought I would share a few photos. My keyn ...

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Forest Bathing In Big Bend National

Friday, October 12, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

“It is time for a different, formal defense of nature. We should offer up not just the notion of being sensible and responsible about it…nor the notion of its mammoth utilitarian and fina ...

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Woodcuts Like Paintings

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | Karl Cole

My significant other and I just had a redo of our vacation in Provincetown that did not end up happening in July. So, in honor of that, I’m presenting Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a tr ...

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Editor's Letter

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Persistence. Does that concept play a part in your teaching? For your students? For yourself? Persistence is the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder, to not give up. I ...

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Whose Mod Is It?

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Karl Cole

I’ve posted before about how the idea of abstraction has been around since the earliest art produced by humans. However, somehow in the West we think that Western artists “invented” ...

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Let's Play

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Janis Dukakis

When Santa Clarita Valley’s Education Foundation asked me to act as art director on their annual Children’s Literature and Arts Festival commit- tee, my first thought was, “How fun!& ...

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The Many Faces of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Leigh Drake

I have always been inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s work. Arcimboldo (1526–1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portraits made entirely of unexpected objects s ...

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Boxed Humans

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Harrison Dodge and Kala Phelps

I collaborated with my student Harrison Dodge, who wrote most of this article. When planning this Boxed Humans project, I wanted to give my students freedom to create pieces that reflected their own d ...

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Turning

Monday, September 24, 2018 | Karl Cole

My reference to the word “Turning” has to do with the changing colors of leaves in the now-upon-us autumn season. Instead of focusing—in gloomy fashion—on the end of summer, ho ...

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Not Just Furniture

Monday, September 17, 2018 | Karl Cole

When we talk about art that reconciles political, spiritual, and social beliefs all in one pertinent statement—and I’m certainly not talking about ancient Assyrian art, Jacques-Louis David ...

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Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the14th annual Endangered Species D ...

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Boxed Humans

Monday, September 10, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

When planning this “Boxed Human” project, I wanted to give my students freedom to create pieces that reflect their own developing styles. The goals for this project were for students to ex ...

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Late Summer Strolls

Monday, September 10, 2018 | Karl Cole

As autumn is right around the corner, my mind drifts back to one of my favorite pastimes in my hometown, Chicago. I would walk for hours in the various neighborhoods near where I lived looking at the ...

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