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It's the Little Things in Life

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | Karl Cole

I despise the terms “decorative arts” and “minor arts” to categorize any art work that is not a painting, print, photograph, or sculpture. I prefer the word “miscellaneou ...

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Art History Survey, A New Slant, No. 1: Ancient

Monday, November 10, 2014 | Karl Cole

When I was in grad school, I was a teaching assistant in an art history survey course that had the neatest syllabus at which I ever squinted at eight in the morning. It did not go chronologically thro ...

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Sculpture as Jewelry/Jewelry as Sculpture

Monday, July 22, 2013 | Karl Cole

As you know, I consider artists in any medium to be ARTISTS, not “artisans” or “craftspeople” or “decorative artists.” When one looks at jewelry, even if it has bee ...

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Calligraphy = line = an element of art

Monday, March 23, 2009 | Karl Cole

In most of our Davis textbooks and studio books, we talk about the ELEMENTS OF ART. One of the key elements of art is LINE. We can look at line not simply as a way of defining a shape, but also how be ...

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