TASK Party

As an artist I keep coming across the advice to find a mentor. Someone whose career I can look to in order to see which path they took to get where they are. I’ve been looking for someone who has ideas and an art style similar enough to mine so that how they create and... Continue Reading →

Skill Builder Friday

Friday Confusion My classes are on a four-day rotation. Monday-Red, Tuesday- green, Wednesday- yellow, and Thursday-blue. This means that the class who comes in Friday is getting extra time in art that all the other groups don’t get during that week since the schedule starts over on Monday. I generally don’t like having them work... Continue Reading →

In 1968, Sol LeWitt began to create guidelines of simple diagrams for two-dimensional works drawn directly on the wall by someone other than himself. Even after his death, people are still making these drawings. Though the drawings are made from precise instructions written by Lewitt, he observed that "each person draws a line differently and each person... Continue Reading →

Mr. Poppins

I'm teaching surrealism to my 3rd graders right now. This is one of my very favorite things to teach! I showed them Golconda (1953) by Rene Magritte and asked them to tell me what they saw and why they thought this was happening. I want to share some of their ideas: It's raining men! Well,... Continue Reading →

On Purpose and Mixed Messages

        A few weeks ago I taught a lesson on Kandinsky. The lesson focused on stuff like line and primary colors. We made black lines of various sorts like wavy, straight, zig-zag, and swirly and then painted red, yellow, and blue in the empty space around the black lines trying not to... Continue Reading →

Art criticism is a problematic term. In its most useful capacity, art criticism is not actually about criticizing but more about discussion, evaluation, and working towards having an understanding of works of art. But since the word “criticism” can be associated with judgment and lack of approval, art criticism has the reputation of being mostly... Continue Reading →

Part 1: What EXACTLY do you see?

This is the first entry in a series I plan to write about Suite Venetienne by Sophie Calle. Interpretation is a several step process and this entry is about listing what you see in an image as a way to collect visual data to later interpret. I used this image while experimenting with how to... Continue Reading →

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