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17
Feb

mini art lesson: Inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama

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Kehinde Wiley is the first African-American artist commissioned to paint an official presidential portrait. He painted the first African-American president of the United States. In fact, there were many firsts about Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama. To appreciate this, the lesson covers the legacy of presidential portraits that go all the way back to the […]

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24
Jan

Fifteen Minutes of Warhol Fame

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by Lorraine R. Hamby, Communications Consultant and Art Docent Communications Tips from a Fifth Grade Art Lesson I recently taught a Warhol-inspired art lesson to my daughter’s fifth grade class, as a volunteer via the Art in Action program. These lessons are a ton of fun. I’m able to share my love of art, spend some time in […]

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13
Dec

Art in Action Lesson Spotlight: Alebrijes

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About the Lesson Art in Action is pursuing the creation of lessons that inspire tolerance, community building and intellectual curiosity through art. The newest addition, the Alebrijes Lesson, celebrates Mexican folk-art. Pedro Linares’ Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk-art figures of fantastical creatures. Pedro Linares Lopez was an artisan born in Mexico City and invented the paper-maché alebrijes […]

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17
Oct

Mini Art Lesson: Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for people to celebrate their loved ones who have died. Families make art of different types to decorate the graves of the relatives as well as altars honoring the dead. The art of Dia de los Muertos is characterized by vibrant colors, skulls and skeletons, and flowers, especially […]

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