Blogs tagged "visual arts"

What Does It Mean to Be American?

Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove
The story of America—its founding, its shaping, its mythology—is told in many ways. Their influence may not always be obvious, but artists and their works have played an essential, powerful role in telling some of these stories.Read More »
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“Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

Silhouette drawing of a slave named Flora
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibition titled “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” is the first major exhibition to trace the development of the silhouette as an art form.Read More »
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Some Preliminary Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry

Natasha Trethewey during the Witter Bynner Fellowships Awards Ceremony
“Poetry is a very large house, and there are many kinds of poetry.”—Sam Hamill, poet, translator, former publisher, and cofounder of Copper Canyon PressRead More »

"House by the Railroad": Painting and Poem for the Classroom

Hopper's "House by the Railroad Tracks"
The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core…The great news is that the standards call on so many things the arts do well. The tradition of careful observation, attention to evidence and artists’ choices, the love of taking an artist’s work seriously lies at the heart of these standards.—David Coleman, architect of the Common Core, Americans for the ArtsRead More »
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The Arts: Central to the Common Core

Hopper's "House by the Railroad Tracks"
Mary Anne Kovacs holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (Vermont). She has taught grades 9–12, including AP English, in both urban and suburban schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mary Anne has authored many curriculum units, marketed both nationally and internationally.“The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core …”—David ColemanRead More »
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