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You Say You Can’t Draw…But Can You Write? (This is technically a trick question…)

Between packing for our move and working on the children’s book I’m illustrating, yes, I AM working on Cycle 3 tutorials. While working on those, I ran across this fascinating quote from an 1885 report about the importance of teaching art in the 19th century American public schools.  This quote jumped out from that long […]

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Resources for Rembrandt

So, we studied Rembrandt this past week at my Classical Conversations group, and I thought you might like to see and/or use some of the resources I made for my class to illustrate the lesson. As much as I love how CC is set up, and the “Discovering Great Artists” book by MaryAnn Kohl and […]

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Okay, I Won’t Be Intimidated…But Where Do I Start Learning About Art?

If you want to explore art, explore it!  Don’t be scared of art or artists, we’re crazy, just like you.  If you’re not sure where to start, start with Daily Art. (See below).  Here are some other tools, especially if you want to expose your kids to the wonderful, crazy, amazing stories that weave through […]

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Art Seems Intimidating…But it Doesn’t Have to Be.

Hello again! So many times, I hear people saying, “Art is so intimidating, I’ll never get it”.   Case in Point: ArtPrize I grew up just outside Grand Rapids Michigan, and my parents still live there.  For three weeks every fall, the largest outdoor art festival in the world, ArtPrize, takes over the entire city.  […]

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Week 5 is DONE!!!!!!

  I should have known. I was able to knock out weeks 1-4 relatively quickly, but week 5 always kicks me around.  Which is strange, because I LOVE Perspective drawing.  It’s regular, it’s got rules, I can always draw a little house in one or two point perspective just for fun when I’m frustrated that […]

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Can anyone be creative–or is it talent from birth?

For ages, we’ve believed that those people who can do something utterly amazing-art, music, dance, engineers, architects, scientists, are just talented.  They were born understanding how to draw, how to move to rhythm, how to put together structures, how to take apart complex problems to discover the solution. And for those who feel that they’re […]

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Classical Conversations, Tutor Scripts weeks 2-4

  Here are scripts for week 2 (“mirror image”),  week 3 (“upside down drawing”)  and week 4 (“abstract art”). Week 5’s “perspective” is taking longer,  just because the word “perspective” covers a very large field.  And since I’m trying to prep scripts for everyone from the four year old first year student through the twelve […]

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