Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Happy Late Valentine’s Day! Botticelli’s portrayal of Venus and Mars is both beautiful and humorous. Mischievous satyrs, clear bright colors, hidden symbols, and missing legs all deserve a closer look so let’s get started.  Botticelli’s paintings of mythological stories are among his most famous. This work is telling the story of the illicit love affair […] Read More

Vision After the Sermon

This is Paul Gauguin’s painting called Vision After the Sermon.  Gauguin was a post-impressionist French painter who painted this work in 1888. Heavily influenced by Japanese print making and primitive art, Gauguin felt European art lacked the substance and symbolism found in primitive cultures. He often spoke of himself as a ‘savage’ and claimed that […] Read More

The Grand Tour

For nearly 300 years there was a tradition among the aristocracy of Europe to take a Grand Tour of prominent cities and their holdings of art in young adulthood. As I’m developing an Art History Curriculum, I’ve been excited to share the shape and scope of what I am working on. Art is a wonderful visual […] Read More

Let a Child Lead You

Color in art is…complicated. While working on writing a clear, somewhat comprehensive article on the subject for my curriculum, I’ve struggled far more than seems reasonable. Connected to my thoughts on color, in a round about way, is another topic I’m interested in: teaching art to children. Color in art can be realistic, symbolic, emotive, […] Read More

Thinking of Going Plastic Free or Zero Waste

Yes, It’s Plastic Free July. Yes, I’m participating…you can check out why here. I’ve been cutting back on plastic use, particularly single use plastics for a years now. I’ve read innumerable books and blogs, listened to podcasts…and I’ve eliminated a lot of plastic waste. That said, I do have a few cautions if you are […] Read More

Simple, Sustainable, No Waste Water Filter

Plastic Free July is currently going on…you can read about why I got on-board here. About 6 months ago we moved into a new place and our tap water didn’t taste great. I had committed to cutting plastics and began looking for a filtering system that was simple, effective, inexpensive, AND didn’t involve plastic filters […] Read More

Color Crash Course – Part 1

Quick color crash course. Color is one of the foundations of art, and  so we need a basic understanding of color theory. For thousands of years artist and craftsmen have been passing down their knowledge of color and how to use it effectively.  In the 1660’s Isaac Newton began experimenting with light and prisms, and […] Read More