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November 11, 2019

The colors of  Fall were exceptionally beautiful this year with the dazzling

 palette of crimson, yellows and oranges .

We had to look no further than 

outside the classroom for inspiration. 
We expanded our horizons and also took a look at Fall  paintings created by the...

November 3, 2019

During Halloween week we explored the history of masks through several cultures and periods. We also looked at an artist that was greatly influenced by African masks, Pablo Picasso ( 1881 – 1973). He was a Spanish painter and sculptor,  who spent most of his adult life...

October 28, 2019

 I have wanted to present a lesson on Louise Bourgeois for quite awhile, and now seems like the perfect time to coincide with the exhibit of Christopher Marley's Exquisite Creatures at OMSI and Halloween.
Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas day in Paris. H...

October 20, 2019

In the past two months, we have been looking at universal patterns

in ancient cultures that are still utilized today in art and design. There is not a better example of putting a modern face to an Ancient culture than Yinka Shonibare, the British artist of Nigerian heri...

October 14, 2019

 Luminism is an art form in which light is the main medium of expression. Light art, however, didn't become a dedicated form of art until the late 20th century, due in large part due to pioneering work begun in 1969, as part of an experimental program at the Los Angele...

October 7, 2019

This week we had a lot of fun creating festive collages inspired by the contemporary Brazilian, artist/activist Beatriz Milhazes. She was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960, the daughter of a lawyer and an art historian. She is best known for her colorful abstract collage-...

September 30, 2019

FRITZ SCHOLDER      New Mexico     1937- 2005

Scholder’s grandmother was a member of the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians. Born in 1937, Scholder spent his childhood traveling with his father, who was assigned different posts as a school ad...

September 22, 2019

Australian Aborigines settled on the Australian continent somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago. They are the oldest continuous culture on the planet. They survived mainly because of their reverence and “oneness with nature”. Their art is a direct reflection of...

September 15, 2019

A Modern Face to Ancient Art:
To start the Fall lessons we began at the beginning, the Cave Paintings of Lascaux France ( 17,000 years old) and Altamira, Spain (40,000 to 50,000 years old). They are so monumental in the history of Art and an endlessly fascinating subje...

August 23, 2019

Riddle of the week.-- What evolved from Crustaceans crawling out of the ocean over 400 million years ago , (pre-dating dinosaurs by several million years), were the first to evolve flight, survived global climate changes, can live underground ,underwater and  in trees,...

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SOME GOOD NEWS!

ALA Summer Mural projects , "Natural Habitats", and  "Coral Reefs", will be on display in the halls of Abernethy , along with photos . One of our murals has already been donated to Randall's Children's Hospital.

"Coral Reefs" is also going to be featured in the newsletter of the Coral Restoration Foundation, and on the website of Reef Check Foundation. They were so impressed by the great effort by the children and their art  to promote environmental  awareness.

Randall's Children's Hospital Mural

" Raining Hearts in the Garden"