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What Does Graffiti Look Like in Your Neighborhood?

Do Now | April 8, 2014 | 93 Comments

What Does Graffiti Look Like in Your Neighborhood?

Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts–does it mean something to you? Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?

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Can a Venn Diagram Become Art?

Do Now | March 25, 2014 | 38 Comments

Can a Venn Diagram Become Art?

Can a Venn diagram become art? On KQED Art School, world renowned artist Chris Johanson demonstrated “how to create conceptual art” and made a painting using his personal thoughts combined with a Venn diagram style.

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Selfies: Love Them or Hate Them?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | March 11, 2014 | 185 Comments

Selfies: Love Them or Hate Them?

Do you think selfies are a form of creative expression that communicate a message? Or do you see them as bad-quality photos posted online by narcissists? Or somewhere in between? Would you consider them an updated version of the artistic self portrait, visual communication, or something else?

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What Song Is the Most Meaningful to You?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | February 25, 2014 | 99 Comments

What Song Is the Most Meaningful to You?

Songs can convey a range of emotions, feelings and messages, whether the format is a ballad, a dance song, a storytelling vehicle, or other type of song. What are some of the best lyrics written and why are they meaningful to you? If you were to write a song, what would it be about?

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Can We Separate the Artwork from the Artist?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | February 11, 2014 | 126 Comments

Can We Separate the Artwork from the Artist?

Artists are people, and sometimes people make bad choices or behave despicably. For example, Picasso was thought to be a womanizer, and Jackson Pollock was known to be abusive due to his struggle with alcoholism. Can you still appreciate a work of art even if you don’t like the artist as a person?

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Does Reality TV Make Us More Comfortable with Surveillance?

Do Now | January 28, 2014 | 126 Comments

Does Reality TV Make Us More Comfortable with Surveillance?

Andy Warhol famously (and fairly accurately) predicted that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” With easy access to video documentation and sharing tools online, and the advent and increased popularity of reality television, which broadcasts “regular” folks’ dramas and activities, it is true that fame is attainable for a broader range of people in today’s media-saturated society. Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy?

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

Do Now | January 14, 2014 | 62 Comments

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Art School-featured artist Ala Ebtekar created a project in collaboration with students at the Asian Art Museum on the occasion of the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition. If you were king or queen of the Universe, what message would you leave behind that would become your legacy for centuries to come? What are some of the major accomplishments you hope to achieve? What will you do to make the world better?

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Is Pop Music Good or Do We Just Learn to Love it?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | December 5, 2013 | 41 Comments

Is Pop Music Good or Do We Just Learn to Love it?

The latest episode of Idea Channel explores the business side of pop music and asks how music becomes meaningful to you, “Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really?”

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Is Zeega a New Art Form?

Do Now | October 22, 2013 | 33 Comments

Is Zeega a New Art Form?

Technology and media introduce new ways to share art and new additions to the artist’s toolbox. Zeega is an online platform for creating and remixing media to create stories, montages and digital collages that express emotion. Zeegas are interactive videos made with combinations and layers of animated GIFs, images, and audio tracks. Zeegas can convey emotion or sentiment, illustrate text, and tell stories. They are mash-ups of original content and existing moments or images from the Internet and pop culture.

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Can Art Change Your Perspective on Important Issues?

Do Now | September 24, 2013 | 43 Comments

Can Art Change Your Perspective on Important Issues?

Street artist Olek works in the medium of crochet, covering landmarks, cars, people, and even freight trains a colorful camouflage pattern that is often infused with strong statements, sometimes of a political nature. I met Olek recently, when she was creating new work in San Francisco, and when I asked her what she stands for, she replied quickly, “Anything that is right.”

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