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Comic Advice27 July 2013

Scott McCloud packs a lot of information into this 20 minute TED Talk, where he tells us about his experience making comics. But the talk is about more than comics, it is about art, life, science, the... more

Reflections on Creativity 24 July 2013

I have gathered some reflections on the creative process from an assortment of writers, artists and psychologists. Hopefully you will delve deeper into the ones that you find most interesting, and gain... more

The Kimono22 July 2013

For students interested in exploring fashion, tradition and culture in Japan, the Kimono presents a rich and fascinating subject both for investigation and studio creation. Kimono's have a social history... more

The Other Westfree22 July 2013

Your school may be in the Western world and you wonder how to expose your students to other cultures first hand. Exhibitions are always a fantastic way of seeing art from other parts of the world, as... more

Artists Looking at Culture20 July 2013

Exploring historical and cultural contexts from an artists point of view Lately I have been asking myself, how do we get students to explore historical and cultural contexts using the eyes of an artist?... more

Drawing from Naturefree18 July 2013

There is great value in looking directly at the natural world rather than reading about it in books or copy images of images. I am surprised how often students will choose to copy a photograph of a... more

Claude Glass Painting Exercise14 July 2013

Looking through a brown glass facilitates seeing values, much as putting a sepia tinted filter on a photo makes it tonal. The modern day Claude Glass effect is easily achieved with a click on the computer. more

Traditional Gesso Method14 July 2013

Traditionally, painters would use a chalk ground with rabbit skin glue to prime their painting surfaces.This method not only creates beautiful chalky smooth surfaces to paint on, it is also very satisfying... more

Copying and Transferring Drawings 12 July 2013

Modern technologies for reproduction have made these old ways seem almost quaint; however there is still a need sometimes for the handmade methods of copying and transferring images. Use these exercises... more

Drawing Animation11 July 2013

A simple animation can be created with a series of stills: photos or drawings, in imovie or other computer software programs. Remember flipbooks? Its the same general idea, only digital. Chances are... more