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What Ordinary Object Best Represents You?

Arts | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

What Ordinary Object Best Represents You?

You might be surprised to learn that for many artists, inspiration often comes from ordinary, everyday objects, experiences, and materials. What everyday object or material best represents you?

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Mining the Internet with Jenny Odell

General | March 11, 2015

Mining the Internet with Jenny Odell

Bay Area artist Jenny Odell renders our built environment as strange and otherworldly.

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Do You See the Seven Elements of Art in Everyday Life?

Arts | March 10, 2015 | 8 Comments

Do You See the Seven Elements of Art in Everyday Life?

There are many different ways to consider the elements used to make an artwork. Where do you notice the seven elements of art in your daily life?

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Elements of Art: Texture

Art School | November 20, 2014

Elements of Art: Texture

In this fourth installment of our Elements of Art series, we look at how visual artists try to engage our sense of touch. Follow along and discover the myriad ways artists create and use texture.

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Neo-Folk Art with Kristin Farr

Art School | November 6, 2014

Neo-Folk Art with Kristin Farr

KQED’s own Kristin Farr leads several alternate lives. Not only is she the founder and co-producer of Art School but she is also a successful journalist and artist. Her current artistic obsession is colorful, painted geometric designs that she calls ‘Magic Hecksagons’.

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Geometric and Organic Shapes in Everyday Life

Arts | November 5, 2014 | 30 Comments

Geometric and Organic Shapes in Everyday Life

All forms start out as shapes, which are two-dimensional and can be found all around us, from street signs to designs to food. What kinds of shapes are you most attracted to in art or in everyday life?

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How Can Form Enhance Visual Art?

Arts | October 21, 2014 | 13 Comments

How Can Form Enhance Visual Art?

Throughout history, artists found many creative ways to make images that represent real life, to create the illusion of form and depth. What are the different ways you can turn a shape into a form?

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Elements of Art: Form

Art School | October 14, 2014

Elements of Art: Form

Study up on the different ways visual artists create Form in the third installment of our Elements of Art series. Through the eye-fooling genre of Trompe L’oeil, we look at a variety of techniques artists use to transform shapes into forms and give their art depth and dimension.

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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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A Venn Diagram Can Be Art Depending On How You See It

Arts | April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Venn Diagram Can Be Art Depending On How You See It

Can a Venn Diagram be classified as art? The past couple of weeks, students discussed this question in our #DoNowVenn post. We asked students, Can a Venn diagram become art? What transforms a data collection tool into fine art? What are the elements needed to allow for this transformation?

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