Art Education Ellen Altfest

Ellen Altfest – Painter de la Résistance

For many years, Ellen Altfest has held a position in my mind as a hero – or more accurately, an anti-hero – of painting. The power in her work comes from its ability to grab attention without using any of the attention-grabbing tricks: they are modestly sized, contain no hot colors, and the subject matter…

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Turning Back Time

I was sitting in my basement yesterday afternoon watching Tiger Woods do something that was absolutely staggering.  He had his best final round ever in a major and finished second in the PGA Championship.  Woods, who is 41 and has endured four back surgeries and four knee surgeries, turned back time yesterday and made me…

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Artist-Run Spaces

Artist-Run Spaces

In Los Angeles, there seems to be new artist-run spaces popping up every day in unconventional places: a car, a garage, a garden, an elevator, and an occupied apartment, for examples. The desire to share work and make use of one’s own resources is an artist’s forte, and the added freedom to explore exhibition making…

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Tip For Sunday Painter Melissa Brown One River School

Art Savvy

What does it take to develop art savvy? Loaded question. Read Art Savvy!!! We started a blog at OneRiverSchool.com that features professionally written stories about artists and art-making, culture and art collecting. Art Savvy blog contributors are among the most compelling artists and writers in the space and I am so proud to have them…

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The Sixth Man: Joshua Bienko

When you meet Joshua Bienko – it does not take more than a few seconds to realize he is ready. Josh is ready to talk, ready to listen and ready to show you what he has. Bienko, an Associate Professor of Art at UT Knoxville and Founder and Director of C for Courtside is all…

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The Joy of Sharing

Look at this photo. Need I say more? This past Friday I caught these proud Moms reflecting on the artwork their daughters made last week and I couldn’t help but to be moved by the joy on their faces. For six years I have been talking about the “Joy of Doing” and I constantly sneak…

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Tip For Sunday Painter Melissa Brown One River School

Tips for a Sunday Painter

Neither of my parents are artists, nor any of my extended family. There were no artists from generations past to which my artistic interests were compared, no inherited traits from a creative Aunt Clara. When I was a kid in the 80’s my father was working as an accountant. And yet…. despite his identification as…

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Barry Nemett One River School

The Drawings of Barry Nemett: Moving Air Vapor

At best, when I’m drawing clouds, I feel like I’m moving air vapor around, not just moving my pencil. – Barry Nemett on his work “View from Montecastello” I first met Barry when we both taught together several years ago. We had many conversations over the course of the semester and have since gotten to…

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Art Education Transform One River

Summer Vacation

According to Wikipedia, the concept of summer vacation in America is tied to our root as an agrarian society. The farming calendar determined the school calendar and the 2-3 month break between planting and harvesting created the summer break. This traditional calendar continues through today and undoubtedly as we approach the end of July, summer…

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On the Works of Benjamin Reiss

Benjamin Reiss’s work is intense and fun. Generally, his work looks like a schematic come to life, or a cross section and a “how it works” diagram. Machines interiors are treated like guts or dreamscapes. Items and objects of symbolism taken from larger societal narratives, as well as personal connections stack, float, flow, mutate, and…

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