Archive for the ‘General Art News’ Category

pietmondrian“I really love making art and I think bringing beauty into the world is important, but in many ways I find art to be a selfish act,” Rothstein says. “So for this, it made sense to donate to the food bank to help people who couldn’t afford their own Thanksgiving meals to have one.”

Want to hang one of these on your dining room wall? Rothstein is selling 25 signed prints of each photo and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the SF-Marin Food Bank. For more information, visit

GIMPNeed to save something with GIMP? If so, follow this ‘How to Export Using GIMP‘ PDF! Need to Download Gimp to use it at home? If so, follow this link ( to the free download site!

What is GIMP? GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!

dotddCreativity is flowing around the globe! Today is Dot Day and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to over 1.8 million participants who are sharing the importance of self-expression and bravery in their classrooms, libraries, homes, and communities. Thank you to everyone making their mark and inspiring others to do the same!

Dot Day Extra Credit: Click the photo to print out the sheet, create a interesting dot on the frame and color in the background!



Here is a song to listen to while you do your extra credit: or Download some Dot Day Bookmarks here: or even check out the ‘International Dot Day’ Pinterest Page:

artsIn July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: “Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.”

Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. In May of 2011, arts education was again given a national spotlight with the release of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.

The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers. – See more at:

For more info, visit

aWelcome to the Summer Art Challenge!  You are invited to play along and stretch your creativity this summer. These challenges are designed to keep the creative part of your brain playing over the summer” –


ced2014Want to keep busy this summer? If so, partake in the “Creative Every Day Challenge ” – Creativity is meant in the broadest sense, so it doesn’t have to be something art related. Your creative acts could be in cooking, taking pictures, knitting, doodling, writing, dancing, decorating, singing, playing with your kids, brainstorming ideas, gardening, or making art in the form of collage, paint, or clay…or whatever!

Painting Kids.“Harvard President Drew Faust recently wrote of students overlooking the benefit of following their “interest in art or linguistics or any of the other humanity disciplines.” The trend towards employable subjects like math and science is reflected in decisions of college students as well as decision-making in primary and secondary schools. Funds have been cut in more than 80 percent of U.S. school districts since 2008. The very first programs to go are often disciplines such as music, art and foreign language.

The president of Harvard is not alone in her concern. Groundbreaking work of cognitive neuroscientists reveals what we think are “extras” are central to strengthening our minds. Studying Mandarin or music as a child might do more for your adult brain and long-term economic prospects than studying biology” Read more at:

TipsWant to keep yourself entertained while also earning some extra credit in Art? If so, complete some of these drawings (What 2 Draw) – each one is worth extra credit so get out some white printer paper, a sketchbook or whatever you prefer and get drawing! If you have something that you do not see on  the list, draw that too! Or if you prefer to tweak the list, i.e. change the option ‘draw your wife’ to ‘draw your celebrity wife’, that is fine too – Just let your creativity flow! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at