Monthly Archives: June 2015

Plotting a Path: Art and Science

At first it might seem that art exists on the other side of the coin from math and science but this is not the case. Over the centuries artists have explored and cataloged the numbers and systems behind everything from … Continue reading

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Ten Useful Quotes For a Beginning Artist

I was thinking today about not only learning to make art but also understanding how to be an artist. By this I mean, learning how to see the world and use it as a resource; understanding your unique working methodology; … Continue reading

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Kara Walker and the Marvelous Sugar Baby

In today’s blogpost we discuss an artwork where the material used by the artist is absolutely essential and is as significant as the final image. Kara Walker is a contemporary African-American artist known for her provocative image and text based … Continue reading

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A Distorted View

The other day I came across a couple of sets of interesting images – one a public service ad and the other a project by two photographers. Both make a strong social statement through the use of the design principles … Continue reading

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What’s in a Rectangle?

Painters who depict recognizable imagery do more than just record a scene. They first consider the shape and size of their canvas, or piece of paper or prepared panel. They think about how that shape can be subdivided and how … Continue reading

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This and That: the Art of Collage

Hannah Höch, Strauss, 1929-1965 The term collage comes from the French word coller, which means to glue.  And yes, collage artists do glue together scraps of papers, text and objects into a cohesive whole. But they do more than just … Continue reading

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Earthworks: Art and the Land

Last week we mentioned artist James Turrell’s Roden Crater project – a volcanic cone 3.5 miles wide located near Flagstaff, Arizona. Terrell has been working since the 1970s to turn it into a “naked eye observatory” where visitors can observe … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Flip Book Animation

Last week I talked about early animation techniques. So here is your chance to try one of these forms of animation while also exploring some of the design concepts covered in Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. A flip book may seem … Continue reading

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