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My Dog Deserves an MFA. No, Seriously.

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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?"

Juliette Aristides On TRAC With the Atelier Movement

Brandon Kralik | Posted 04.27.2014 | 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."