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5 Things You Didn't Know About Toulouse-Lautrec

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

you probably don't know that Toulouse-Lautrec led a strange, short, gritty life, full of oddities and idiosyncrasies. He faced adversity, but he was by no means an angel. Here are 5 things you'd never guess about the life of this complex artist.

How School Made Me a Bad Teacher

Amber Kane | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

As a big-picture thinker, I have an obsession with asking why -- one of the worst questions that you can ask within the school system, because no one actually knows the answer.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

"All Flesh Is Grass" - The Memory of Richard Long

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

There are in the lives of artists seminal figures that inspire you to be more than you were before you met them. For me that person was Richard Long, an artist and very unique professor.

Arts Action Heroes to the Rescue!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

While they differ vastly from one another, there is one common strength I have observed: the arts have made a profound impact on the health of each community.

Classroom Aesthetics: Not the "Art of Teaching" - Teaching As Art

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Sometimes the magic and beauty of the classroom, the soaring beyond simple skills and content, happens in the most unexpected ways. At these moments, we are experiencing a kind of performance art in the classroom.

Chicagoland's Arts and Culture Brings the Vibrancy -- and Money, Too!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Whether you're visiting Chicago for the first time or returning home, one thing is apparent: this is a city that values its creative sector.

A Modest Proposal to Halt Rising Tuition Costs

F. Scott Hess | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
F. Scott Hess

A few years ago when I was an adjunct professor at a major California art school I remember discovering that our institution had fourteen vice presi...

Priscilla Frank

Why The Best Painting At The Guggenheim This Summer Was Made By A Third Grader

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts

Modern Western education traditionally emphasizes two skills: the ability to process text and numbers. The importance of images, however, is often...

Who, If Not Artists, Can Inspire Us In Days Of Change?

Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist | Posted 05.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist

An authentic artist creates beauty that lifts us up to the highest within us. The Creativity of such an artist comes from his or her connection to the Divine Source, which is therefore able to make a truly constructive contribution to humanity.

Everyartist Live! and Why Creativity Matters

Brandon Kralik | Posted 12.22.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The creative capacity of our young people will determine whether our country, and our world, flourishes or not. All around us are changes that demand creative solutions, from addressing climate change to delivering health care.

The Da Vinci Initiative

Brandon Kralik | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The stone has been thrown. The splash is being made and as the repercussions arc across the surface of the representational revolution, they are intercepted as inspiration, as ideas, and The Da Vinci Initiative is capitalizing on them.

5 Artists on the Enduring Qualities of Representational Painting

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

For 40,000 years, long before mankind invented written language, we have put down marks that left a living trace of who we are, what we saw, and what we thought. We need those marks now more than ever before.

My Dog Deserves an MFA. No, Seriously.

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

I first noticed that my dog, Roxy Hess, had artistic intentions when she left a forceful and unmistakable message on the floor of the studio we share. Slow human that I am, I hadn't realized that Roxy was not only on top of the latest developments in the artworld, she was running amongst the pack leaders.

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

5 Representational Painters Reflect on Their Art in a Digital Age

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

John Nava, Our Torture is Better Than Their Torture, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. As a representational painter with some skills, I often wo...

Kids Review Famous Paintings, Prove The Best Art Critics Are 5 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

How important is it to introduce kids to art? According to British artist Jake Chapman, not very important at all. In an interview with The Independen...

The Great Resurgence of Academic Art

F. Scott Hess | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

With none of the rigor of 19th century training, university art departments and art schools roll out thousands of wannabe artists annually in what must be one of the greatest educational scams ever perpetrated. At least the 19th century Beaux Arts painters were trained to make a living of it.

Is De-skilling Killing Your Arts Education?

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

You will find an occasional musician who purposely plays badly, or a writer who ignores grammar, but only in the visual arts is training in the traditional skills of the profession systematically and often institutionally denigrated.

What Does It Take to Turn an Art School Education Into a Successful Career?

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

A faculty that exhibits in important markets and that is willing to share their hard-won art world network helps short-cut the process. Ignore networking and an art career is nearly impossible.

Recommended Reading No. 1

Matthew Israel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Matthew Israel

Akin to sources listed on syllabi below the required reading lists that are usually more interesting than the required readings. Usually five suggestions. Subjects covered: art, art history, art education, and art and technology.

Kindness is Love Made Visible: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, I began giving away money, every day of the year, to startup social change projects. Since then, thirty...

Our Brains on Art

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Beginning with the power of fiction, there is a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between neuroscience and literature, often referred to as literary neuroscience.

20 Years of Honoring Mid-Career Avant-Garde Artists

Herb Alpert | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Herb Alpert

We need these artists so that the bell of freedom of expression continues to ring. Creativity should be one of our country's most important products.

Ask the Art Professor: Should I Drop Out of Art School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"If I transfer somewhere else, can I expect that teachers will actually have something to teach? That I won't just be shown YouTube videos? Should I just drop out and educate myself through the Internet?"