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Creative Blocks23 March 2015

Lack of "inspiration" (or motivation), insecurity about ones ability and fear of failure are some of the main blocks to creativity that artists encounter.What is inspiration? To inspire literally means... more

Renaissance Selfies30 January 2015

Leon Battista Alberti wrote in his treatise on painting in 1435: "Painting possesses a truly divine power in that not only does it make the absent present (as they say of friendship), but it also represents... more

Formative Assessment28 January 2015

It is not our job as art teachers to assess student artwork. That sounds shocking, I know, but if you reflect on it for a moment, you'll see that this statement is quite obviously true. It is our job... more

Recognizing Good Ideas13 November 2014

"I’ve always been fascinated by the failures of genius. Consider Bob Dylan. How did the same songwriter who produced Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde also conclude that Down in the Groove was... more

Graffiti and Street Art17 October 2014

Street Art, graffiti in particular, is a subject that interests many students around the world.. But besides making their own street art, students need to support this with investigation, understanding,... more

Speaking of Art26 June 2014

Although it helps to have regular class critiques where students get used to speaking about their own art work and each others, talking about other artists work isn't something most of our students... more

Art and Meaning23 June 2014

This section looks at how we assign meaning to art, and what makes art art. The unanswerable question, what is art? however impossible to answer still makes a good debate. Show these examples and... more

Creativity2 May 2014

Creative means original, expressive, inventive, innovative, imaginative, handmade, ground-breaking, generative, to give rise to, birth Creativity is the action of combining previously uncombined elements more

Advice for the Aspiring Artiste21 April 2014

This page is especially geared towards students who are thinking of going to art college and/or becoming an artist. Many people believe that being an artist is the luck of the draw, feast or famine,... more

iPad Drawing12 April 2014

Some artists are using ipads as a sketchbook to record ideas, as a canvas itself, or as a tool in the process of making art work. I like to use it to try out variations of ideas and color schemes during... more