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Art Education

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

Clara Lieu | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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?"

Juliette Aristides On TRAC With the Atelier Movement

Brandon Kralik | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Juliette Aristides took some time to talk with me about the Atelier Movement and the trend toward skill based classical painting.

Westchester Mom Creates a REAL Neighborhood Arts Center

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.16.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Westchester mother of two and working artist Kathleen Marinaccio saw a need in her community for a place where adults, children, and families can exp...

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Help My Daughter Reach Her Potential in Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"My daughter is 14 and has not had any training but we think she has talent. What advice would you give for helping guide us to help her reach her potential in art?"

Negative Capability

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 12.21.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

...Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and rea...

Exploring the Arts

Susan Benedetto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Susan Benedetto

The arts teach empathy. The arts express and evoke emotion, enabling us to feel how others feel and find common ground. The arts help eliminate prejudice by encouraging multiple perspectives. And of course, the arts can be fun!

Live Life to Discover: Art for the Soul

Robin Bronk | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts
Robin Bronk

2013-06-20-ScreenShot20130620at8.42.52AM.pngIn order to live life, one must experience art.

$2.4 Billion for Creative Europe Initiative

John M. Eger | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

There is genuine concern about Europe's financial stability and indeed, the future of the European Union (EU). The effort to foster a Creative Europe, however, holds unique promise.

Q&A With Barbara Chandler Allen, Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Artists

Peak Johnson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Peak Johnson

Barbara Chandler Allen is known for being called a "place maker." She has a knack for changing places, she said during our interview, by bringing in art, music, or sometimes even plants.

Sound Art Talks About Music Education

Catherine Goldwyn | Posted 01.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Catherine Goldwyn

Imagine the most challenged communities getting a simple music class once a week. Imagine linking those communities with each other across the nation. Imagine Sound Art.

STEM to STEAM: Art Is Key to Building a Strong Economy

Jon Kamen | Posted 01.13.2013 | Arts
Jon Kamen

As we all know, STEM education is so important -- but on its own, sadly it's not working. Despite all of the resources being invested in it, the word is exactly what's wrong with the concept. It doesn't inspire, energize or engage the youth whom it is ultimately intended to benefit. It's why we need STEAM.

Debbie Gibson and Celebrity Volunteers Perform for Art Education! [VIDEO]

HooplaHa | Posted 12.08.2012 | Good News
HooplaHa

Don't let all that big-picture thinking make your head hurt, talking about arts education and funding doesn't haven't always have to be serious.

Museums: Art History (Not for Profit) or Business (for Profit)?

Christina Mossaides Strassfield | Posted 09.09.2012 | Arts
Christina Mossaides Strassfield

In my sophomore year of college, I went to an appointment to meet with my adviser. She looked at me straight in the eyes and said, "You should major in art history as an undergraduate, but after that you should go get an MBA and make some money!"

Improvisation: U.S. State Department Sponsors Innovative MIMA Programs Abroad

Christoph A. Geiseler | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Christoph A. Geiseler

Following in the footsteps of the original jazz ambassadors Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and David Brubeck, dozens of American musicians travel abroad each year on behalf of the U.S. Department of State as "Arts Envoys."

An Artist's Perspective: Arts Education, Schools and the Rewards of Stepping Into the Field

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.02.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I have always been a staunch believer in the importance of the arts in education and the community, both at home and abroad.

By Eliminating the Arts We Are Undermining Our Founders Vision of America

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.22.2012 | Arts
Nicholas Ferroni

By eliminating the arts, we are eliminating the most unique and successful characteristic that has separated Americans from the rest of the world since our founding.

Growing Up and Living in a Creative Economy

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education
Soren Petersen

Change begins by changing the perceived paradigms of art as being risky or wasteful to art as "goal directed play with the objective of creating and sharing meaning."

Now This Is a Sputnik Moment

John M. Eger | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
John M. Eger

We have been living with such a false divide in our understanding of education. The belief that art and science were two separate disciplines demanding different teaching methodology is not serving our students or our economy very well.

Why You Can't Really Learn Art From a How-To Book

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 07.22.2012 | Education
Brian D. Cohen

So what are teachers for? The delivery-of-content model of instruction doesn't describe all of what teaching is about. Most of what you really must know and be able to do isn't delivered to you. You don't need someone up there who knows all the answers to tell you what to do.

Kindergarteners Will Actually Like Opera, If You Let Them

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts

Most educational programs, even those with solid art programs, portray art as a reprieve from homework and arithmetic. Frivolous and fun, art is a way...

Inside DPS: Extraordinary Artistic Talent Blooms in Ordinary Corner Classrooms

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 06.24.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

Hundreds of creative and amazing pieces of art by Detroit Public Schools students will be shown in the 75th annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning Saturday.

When Fame Replaces Art

John Seed | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
John Seed

Last week, when a painting student dropped by my office with a newspaper clipping of one of Damien's Hirst's spot paintings I hit a patch of real despair. In an art world where a figure like Hirst can rise to the top, who needs painting classes?

Art and Life in All Its Glory

Rachel Schwartzmann | Posted 03.11.2012 | Home
Rachel Schwartzmann

Art, unlike us as humans, is immortal. No matter how much others try to censor it, question it, criticize it or destroy it, art is a central part of this world -- and it should be.

Only Artists Can Make The Difference

John M. Eger | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education
John M. Eger

Recognizing the vital role of the arts in the new economy may be the most important aspect of a 21st century education.

Young At Art in San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Terence Clarke

The value of the arts is tough to quantify in the world of skills-testing so dear to the hearts of contemporary legislators.