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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re read­ing this post, you’re prob­a­bly a per­son who enjoys learn­ing about art and the artists who cre­ate it. Yet we all know peo­ple who don’t share this inter­est, and may even find art his­tory to be dry and bor­ing (gasp!). Well, art his­tory is any­thing but dry and bor­ing if you know the sto­ries behind the paint­ings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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Mona Lisa - Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know

Mona Lisa — Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know!

My stu­dents became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mas­cot!  For gen­er­a­tions, the Mona Lisa has cap­ti­vated the imag­i­na­tions of young and old alike. Her mys­te­ri­ous smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this paint­ing, and the woman in it. But there […]

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Art with Math — Draw a Simple Soccer Ball

What do you get when you com­bine geom­e­try, art, and soc­cer?? A win­ning art les­son, that’s what! All the excite­ment of the World Cup this sum­mer inspired me to come up with a cre­ative way to teach kids how to draw a soc­cer ball. I was deter­mined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, […]

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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood

Grant Wood (1891–1942) was an Amer­i­can artist best known for his paint­ings of rural Amer­i­can life.  My stu­dents were fas­ci­nated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her fam­ily from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […]

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More about Picasso.…

Self-Portrait 1907 by Pablo Picasso Yesterday’s post, “Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Por­traits”, left me inspired to write a lit­tle bit more about this amaz­ing artist… Span­ish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), is often under-appreciated by peo­ple who don’t know much about him.… I usu­ally have to remind stu­dents of “Rule #1″ when teach­ing a class about […]

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Touch” Contour Drawing

A work­shop par­tic­i­pant try­ing out the “touch” method of con­tour draw­ing In my last teacher work­shop, I showed how stu­dents can improve their draw­ing skills with dif­fer­ent types of con­tour draw­ing. In pre­vi­ous posts, I’ve talked about blind, mem­ory and guided con­tour draw­ing. Last, but not least, is “touch” con­tour draw­ing. This is another great […]

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