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Art is too important not to Teach

When we want to know more about art, how to read it, understand it, and enjoy it…we need to know more about the tools that the artist uses. While artists educate themselves about color, line, shadow, symbols, and perspective to create their works, we, the viewers, educate ourselves about these same things so that we can engage with art works intelligently.

The Conversation That Is Art: An Introduction to the Study of Art History

Every discipline has its’ tools. Writer’s craft with words to stimulate the senses, rouse the emotions, and spark our ideas. Construction workers use tools to make an architect’s drawings a physical reality. Teachers use books, imagination, and dialog to inspire their students to learn. When we want to know more about art, how to read […]

The Conversation That Is Art

Art is an exchange of ideas that expands our understanding of what it means to be human. Across time, geography, and social constructs, artist reveal the world we live in and challenge us to think deeply about our place in it.  Art extends an open invitation to all, to join the conversation that is art, […]

The Habit of Thought

Whether parents with kids in school or homeschoolers, this area of the thought life of a child is central to life. I wrote the article for homeschoolers, but I find this area of life is something I still need to work at in my 50’s. We never outgrow the need to get better at managing […]

Video – Nativity Panel by Nicola Pisano at the Pisa Baptistery

Originally I shared the story of the Nativity Panel of the Pisa Baptistery pulpit in a blog, you can read it here, but decided to convert the material into a video for those who prefer that medium. The Baptistery Pulpit is a seminal piece of art marking the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. Nicola Pisano […]

The Horrors of War by Peter Paul Reubens

I’m converting several of my blog post into videos, and here is one of the first.  Peter Paul Rubens’, The Consequences of War, or the Horrors of War is a fascinating study.  Today I was listening to a book about the Italian Renaissance and found it interesting that for centuries there was seldom a period […]

Raphael – The Resurrection of Christ

This post is an excerpt from our Lent Devotional Series. The Background Rafaello Sanzio of Urbino: The Resurrection This painting is the only work of Raphael in the Southern Hemisphere, currently held at the Sao Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil. The work is an oil painting on wood that was at one time believed […]