Monthly Archives: September 2015

Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota

I’m an installation artist and I’m often asked, “Just what is an installation?” Some people think it means I create window installations for stores while others think it means I’m some type of building contractor. Attempting to clear things up, … Continue reading

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Nature As An Artist’s Resource: The Photographs of Karl Blossfeldt

Karl Blossfeldt was an early twentieth century art and design educator who lived in Germany. At Berlin’s Academy of Art Blossfeldt taught specialized classes in drawing and relief sculpture – sculpture for architectural decoration and ornamentation. At the time floral … Continue reading

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How To Analyze a Painting

In a recent post I analyzed a work of art by Barry McGee, identifying the elements and principles of design. Today I want to look at a painting by Kerry James Marshall. As a reminder I’ve included a list of … Continue reading

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Art Into Industry: The Bauhaus and Design Education

Sooner or later all beginning artists and designers encounter references to the Bauhaus in Germany. It was quite possibly the most important art school in the twentieth century and when we think about the best examples of mid-century modern design … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Artist Alex Dipple

Several months ago I blogged about the artist Alex Dipple and her conceptual collage work. Alex discovered my post and generously agreed to write a guest post about her interests. Collage is only one of the forms her art takes. … Continue reading

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Art and Nature: Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is one of the most popular artists on our Pinterest boards. For those of you unfamiliar with his work Goldsworthy is a British artist who creates sculptures made from an assortment of raw natural items. The materials he … Continue reading

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Intercept: Art On The Street

In our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook we introduce the elements and principles of design. This blog is an off-shoot of the book – a place where we look at art, architecture, and design. In the book we devote a … Continue reading

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Design Advice: DO Sweat the Small Stuff

Several posts ago I wrote about small, humble things that have been the subject matter of significant art. Today I want to extend that conversation and talk about things that are even smaller…namely details – the little decisions and little … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Map Collage

Sharon Rankin Over the last several weeks I’ve posted about maps. Today I want to present you with a design challenge centered around maps. Before you start I suggest you review my three posts, paying particular attention to Post 3, … Continue reading

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