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Blocking Tutorial

(If you are a tutor or a parent involved in Classical Conversation’s Foundation’s Program, you’ll find this tutorial dovetails with Week 1’s “Simple Shapes OiLS” week, but anyone can use it to learn or teach blocking to students. I got into art teaching when my kids joined a homeschool co-op group that did a six-week […]

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Draw Holy Week-Palm Sunday

As a Christian, this Holy Week is going to be memorable, especially since I cannot celebrate it with my family this year–blood or spiritual. It feels strange to remain at home, experiencing a community service through my television and the livestream, and I find I miss my church more than I ever realized I would. […]

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Van Gogh the Great

Yeah…the art world doesn’t add “The Great” to artists. But if they did, Van Gogh would be one of those “greats.” I LOVE Van Gogh. Not just because his paintings are beautiful and vibrant, but because he struggled through life. He wasn’t kissed by the angel of art on the day of his birth, he […]

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Gainsborough

I have to admire Gainsborough: he figured out a way to paint what he wanted. In a world where those who could afford a painting HAD the property they could see through the window…why would they purchase a landscape? And yet, Gainsborough LOVED to paint landscapes, so… Why not do both? And the Gainsborough landscape […]

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