Donate

RSSDo Now: Art and Popular Culture

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.

Continue Reading

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?

Continue Reading

What Does Graffiti Look Like in Your Neighborhood?

Do Now | April 8, 2014 | 97 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”?

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Selfies: Love Them or Hate Them?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | March 11, 2014 | 187 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?

Continue Reading

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?

Continue Reading

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?

Continue Reading

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?

Continue Reading

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?

Continue Reading