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Is Studying the Arts in School Important?

Arts | September 23, 2014 | 4 Comments

Is Studying the Arts in School Important?

In recent decades, American schools have been pressured to increase standardized test scores, causing them to make cuts to programs like visual art, music, dance and theater. Is arts education important to you?

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How is your story represented visually?

Arts | September 9, 2014 | 18 Comments

How is your story represented visually?

In a recent episode of KQED Art School, Favianna Rodriguez points out that the world is “hungry for your stories.” What is your personal story, and how would you tell it visually?

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What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

Do Now | June 6, 2014 | 6 Comments

What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking.

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Is Celebrity Obsession Bad for Us?

Do Now | May 20, 2014 | 110 Comments

Is Celebrity Obsession Bad for Us?

Many of us are at least somewhat clued-in to celebrity gossip, whether we want to be or not. Is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture?

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Where Do You Find Everyday Art?

Do Now | May 6, 2014 | 48 Comments

Where Do You Find Everyday Art?

In art, abstraction can be anything that is non-figurative or non-representative of familiar objects. Abstract art can sometimes feel complicated to understand because it is not based in a familiar reality. Where do you find beautiful patterns and shapes? What kinds of abstraction do you consider beautiful? Snap a photo of abstraction in your everyday life and explain why it is aesthetically appealing to you.

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Where Are All the Green Spaces?

Do Now | April 22, 2014 | 79 Comments

Where Are All the Green Spaces?

Today is Earth Day and the global theme of this year’s activities is “Green Cities”. Right now more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and by 2050 that number is expected to rise to at least 67%. As more people move into urban areas, buildings, highways and other structures are built to accommodate the growth. Green spaces and other natural environments that once flourished are pushed out to make room for man-made structures. Not only is space for plants and wildlife compromised but often they have to fight to exist at all. Are there areas in your neighborhood that could or should be transformed green spaces?

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What Does Graffiti Look Like in Your Neighborhood?

Do Now | April 8, 2014 | 96 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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