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Defining Culture29 August 2017

Culture is a complex concept and can be quite hard to define. It encompasses human intellectual achievement as well as popular customs and beliefs. However, for our purposes in this course 'culture' is... more

Cultural Assumptions29 August 2017

When looking at art from other cultures, do we consider it the same way we do art from our familiar culture?This raises the age old question of how we define art. Lets take a purely cultural perspective... more

Words as Art29 August 2017

This has probably been one of the most defining developments in western visual art of the twentieth century.Text has been used in other cultures as an important form of artistic expression for many centuries. more

Writing about Art29 August 2017

Yes, and both written and visual research are part of the curriculum. That doesn't mean polished essay writing but it does mean that students need to know how to use the subject language appropriately... more

Color Theory and Exploration29 August 2017

"Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet" -Paul CezanneColor is one of the most fascinating areas of painting, and one of the most difficult to teach.For many years I simply introduced... more

Objects for Drawing29 August 2017

Keep a shelf in the art studio with interesting objects that you can use at any time as a subject for drawing or as part of a still life.Here are some of my favorite objects I've kept on that shelf in... more

Contour Drawing29 August 2017

Another warm up exercise Use this drawing exercise as a warm up, or to teach observational drawing skills in your students.Provide students with objects to draw, plant forms are always good, as are still... more

Blind Drawing29 August 2017

Using touch not sight to guide a drawingUse this as a warm up exercise to overcome fear and to discover the other senses involved in drawing. Again, this exercise is not intended to create portfolio quality... more

Drawing29 August 2017

Drawing is a way of seeing and understanding form through intense and focused looking. I encourage you to use drawing throughout your teaching, always, for ever and ever! It is never too late to teach... more

Textiles: Boro and Sashiko 29 August 2017

I hadn't either until I went to an exhibition of Boro at the Kobe Fashion Museum in Japan....And then I wanted to know more.Boro ( ragged) is a Japanese tradition of mended and patched clothing and bedding.... more