Why You Need Visiting Artists in Your Classroom

Humans are all about experiences. We thrive on them. Think back to your last week, what stands out to you? Most likely, it’s an event, an interaction, or an activity.

Now, think about your art room. Surely, you are fostering a creative environment, but are you providing your students with memorable experiences?

Sometimes, you may find yourself stressed out because a student needs to finish a specific project by a certain time for a particular art show. But, our job is not only about assigning meaningful projects to our students. It is also our job to give students the ability to learn more about the world of art through interactions with living, breathing artists.

Here are 5 benefits of inviting visiting artists into your art room:

Visiting artists:

  • Humanize the profession in a positive, approachable light.
  • Add variety to the art room routine with a new voice.
  • Encourage better classroom behavior for a guest.
  • Contribute as strong advocacy tools for your art department.
  • Make lasting memories for your students.

So, how do you start?

The best way to get artists into your classroom is to simply ask!

Picture of artist speaking to elementary classroom

Who are some great local artists you already know? The photo above is by a local graphic artist, Zach Wagner, from Madison, Wisconsin. When brainstorming artists who could visit my classroom, he immediately came to mind. Check out his artwork or follow him on Instagram. Zach came in for a full day with our students and guided classes in goofy animal drawings using simplified shapes. Our students loved gaining confidence while drawing in a safe environment!

Students looking at artwork

It was so exciting to watch kids riffle through Zach’s sketchbooks and creations. They giddily asked questions such as, “What inspires you?” and, “Are you famous?”

Start a list of artists who might be willing to visit your classroom. Then, reach out to artists you know to see if they would like more details about coming into your classroom to talk to your students.

Wall with artwork on display

As you begin contacting artists to visit your room, some helpful sample dialogue might go something like this:

“Hey, friend! The artists at our school would love to learn more about you as an artist, and your creative process! We love having visitors, and our students are eager to learn. I hope we can schedule a time to connect!”

Think about how you can keep the spirit of an artist’s visit with your students. Consider creating a showcase of artwork made during their stay. For example, at our end-of-the-year art show, we created a “visiting artist alley” to show off the experiences we had with visiting artists who came to school. Photos, projects, and descriptions lined the wall, creating a strong advocacy tool for our art department.

Artist speaking to small group of students

Above, illustrator, Emily Balsley, visits with two students creating part of a collaborative creature project inspired by her “100 Days of Zany Creatures” project on her Instagram. Below, you can see students excited to look through her original sketchbooks. Check out more of her beautiful creations on her website.

Students looking at artwork

If you are struggling to connect to artists, try checking with your state art education association. Perhaps they offer grants or resources to help get artists into your classroom. For instance, author and illustrator, Jeanne Styczinski, came to our art room through a grant from the Wisconsin Art Education Association and created an entire garden collage with our students based on her artwork. Check out her website and Instagram. 

Artist speaking to larger group of students

Do all your visiting artists need to be people who solely make their living by creating art? Of course not!

Many of the artists you may think to bring into your classroom are individuals with a different full-time job and are still incredibly talented in their field of art. Look outside your school doors into your community and connect students with your local community artists. If they can’t come to you, bring students to them!

Students looking at picture book

Our 1st-grade artists visited our local rock shop, Ruby Rose Gallery, to read with local author, Jessie Stevens, from her book, What if butterflies loved snow?. This interaction provided students with more than one amazing opportunity to connect with art and artists in a meaningful way.

In whatever way you do it, connecting with artists can be such a memorable experience for your students. Give it a try and start making even more lasting memories with your artists!

Have you ever had a visiting artist come to your classroom?

What value do you see in connecting with other artists?

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Original source: https://theartofeducation.edu/2019/08/19/why-you-need-visiting-artists-in-your-classroom/

The Female Form by 4 Women Artists

Art has the power to influence society. By distilling experiences, values, and emotions into a visual communication, these 4 Saatchi Art artists are impacting the perception of today’s women in the arts and society. Their visual interpretations of the female form address timely issues of gender, culture and identity.

In his book “A World of Art,” Henry M. Sayre states that it is the responsibility of artists to maintain a historical record, give form to the intangibles in life, reveal what is hidden and convey the world in a new way. Through these artworks by contemporary women artists, the viewer can see the female experience today.

Beata Chrzanowska

“West West,” by Beata Chrzanowska via Saatchi Art

Polish born artist, Beata Chrzanowska declares ‘the femme’ as her primary subject. By deconstructing the female form into a series of geometric shapes, the beautiful is given a coat of armor — hard and and indestructible. Her work has been shown at Select Fair in Miami, Sensei Gallery in New York, Arthelix in Brooklyn and the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago. She has also been featured in HiFructose Magazine, Nakid Magazine and Wild Magazine.

Mallory Morrison

“Grasp,” by Mallory Morrison via Saatchi Art

Los Angeles-based photographer, Mallory Morrison, has been honing her skills in underwater photography for the past few years. Originally a dance photographer, Mallory has combined her photography skills with her twenty-four years of dance experience to create a unity of her two passions. Mallory has shown her photographs extensively across Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maui, Portland and London in galleries such as the Brick Lane Gallery, London and at the Los Angeles Art Show.

Johanna Bath

“Winter,” by Johanna Bath via Saatchi Art

Johanna Bath is fascinated with time as it relates to the human condition. She aims to make time more tangible in her Blurry series of portraits, in which partially obscured subjects mirror the passing of time. These paintings offer an alternative to traditional portraiture, highlighting the ephemerality of human presence and fading memories. Her practice is also informed by intuition and spontaneity, as shown by a play with overlapping colors and forms. Her works have been exhibited at various solo and group shows in Germany.

Ute Rathmann

“Hommage à Egon Schiele XXXV,” by Ute Rathmann via Saatchi Art

Berlin-based Ute Rathmann is perpetually inspired by old masters such as Klimt, Schiele, Toulouse-Lautrec and Goya. Ute mainly works from life models, dressing her subjects according to a particular theme, in order to explore the female body and how it relates to clothes, costume, fashion and fabric. She has shown her artworks throughout Berlin, in notable galleries such as Rathaus Lichtenberg, Insel-Galerie and Atelier 404.

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Original source: https://canvas.saatchiart.com/art/art-news/the-female-form-by-4-women-artists

A Day with Melissa Herrington

Get a glimpse at #TOAFtakeover, a weekly Instagram series that gives you an insight into the work and life of our artists, straight from the source. Like what you see below? Follow along on our Instagram for the full scoop.

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Hi! My name is Melissa Herrington @herringtonmelissa ~ I am a Los Angeles abstract artist. Welcome to my world! I can’t wait to share the #bts where I #create in my #venicebeach studio, what inspires me, past experiences at #theotherartfair and tips for choosing the perfect art for your home and more.⁣ ⁣ I’m so excited because when @theotherartfair contacted me for #takeovertuesday, I was like, Whaaaat?!? They want me to take over their Instagram and show you a little bit about my work and my #inspiration this is awesome! I am thrilled to give you a #sneakpeek of the #newwork I will be exhibiting at Dallas and Santa Monica @theotherartfair this coming September.⁣ ⁣ More #bts and laughs in stories above 👆🏻 I would love to hear from you too, so drop me a comment or DM and lets chat!!⁣ ⁣ This is my first ever IG takeover🤞🏼 – So follow along and be part of the journey @herringtonmelissa ⁣ ⁣ xx⁣ Melissa ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #takeovertuesday #saatchiart #saatchiart #theotherartfair #abstractart #colorsplash #artlovers #fineart #originalart #abstraction #artlife #takeover #burningtorch #melissaherringtonart ⁣ @burningtorch @saatchiart @herringtonmelissa ⁣ 📸 :: @howardwise 👗:: @burningtorch

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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ⁣⁣ ~Susan Sontag ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Traveling, whether alone or working, has become part of my creative process as an artist.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I have participated in many artist-in-residence programs all around the world. These experiences allow me to work as I am discovering a new culture and place. When I travel I spend time in unexpected places and strive to be open to #magicalmoments 💫 I try to be present and absorb the beauty around me and I often find beauty in unlikely things. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My experiences of artist in residency programs have all directly influenced my artistic practice. One of my favorite residencies was in Ireland, at the Cill Rialaig Project, @cillrialaigarts in a remote Gaeltacht village. Located in a restored pre-famine village in Ballinskelligs, #countykerry 🍀 The residency’s eight stone cottages sit perched above a sheer cliff. The setting is dramatic, with spectacular views of swirling ocean on one side and expansive, wind-swept hills on the other.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was inspired from the expansiveness of this environment. My project for this residency was to limit my palette to only the colors seen outside my studio. Varying shades of the Irish sea and sky, from deep blue to pale teal. Mystery and magic of the landscape and timeworn stone structures. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ xx⁣⁣ Melissa ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #takeovertuesday #saatchiart #ireland #saatchiart #artistinresidence #wildatlanticway #theotherartfair #abstractart #colorsplash #artlovers #fineart #originalart #abstraction #artlife #artistlifestyle #takeover #seaandsun #artstudio #melissaherringtonart ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @saatchiart @theotherartfair @wherewomencreate @herringtonmelissa

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And that’s a wrap.. What a day! #TOAFtakeover it’s been real!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love everyday. Thank you so much @theotherartfair for today’s #takeovertuesday ~Thank you TOAF team, you are empowering and inspiring. Please stop by and say hi during the LA and Dallas fairs. Let’s connect.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It would mean so much to have you as part of my artistic community :: Follow Me @herringtonmelissa ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For more info and paintings www.melisssaherrington.com⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #takeovertuesday #saatchiartist #saatchiart #grateful #burningtorch #theotherartfair #abstractart #colorsplash #artlovers #fineart #originalart #abstraction #artlife #artistlifestyle #takeover #whataday #artstudio #thatsawrap🎬 ⁣⁣ #beautiful #instaart #instaartsy #instaartwork #instaartist #melissaherringtonart ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸 :: @ltstillpix ⁣⁣ @theotherartfair @saatchiart @burningtorch @herringtonmelissa

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Original source: https://canvas.saatchiart.com/the-other-art-fair/a-day-with-melissa-herrington

andrea d’aquino, ruth asawa and a GIVEAWAY

Love, love, looooooove! An artist I love, telling the story of another artist I love… could Monday get any better?  This is the latest book by New York based mixed media artist/illustrator Andrea D’Aquino. It’s titled “A LIFE MADE BY HAND. THE STORY OF RUTH ASAWA” and it is so, so, so lovely! This beautifully illustrated, very sweet storybook about an important Japanese American artist will be on shelves this September, but you can preorder it right this very minute. You could also leave a comment below because I’m GIVING AWAY ONE COPY of this beauty to one of you beauties! I’ll draw one name this Friday August 23rd and, yes, everyone from everywhere is eligible because that’s how I roll. Happy Monday.

Original source: https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2019/08/19/andrea-daquino-ruth-asawa-and-a-giveaway/

Jan.-June 2020 Classes at the Storefront

As we’ve mentioned a few times, we’re reducing the number of classes for 2020. Despite almost every class selling out, and though we love having folks visit, we are not (sing it with me!) a school, and the many classes have cut into our shop time and editorial work (and my sanity, because I handle all the backend stuff for visiting instructors). But Christopher Schwarz and Brendan Gaffney handle their own backends <insert joke>, and I handle my own <please don’t insert joke>. So we three will be offering a smattering of educational opportunities at the Lost Art Press storefront, as well as a very few from outside instructors.

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Before you read about the January-June 2020 classes below, here’s some important information about our new ticketing policy: We have added a NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee when you sign up. These cover the ticketing system costs, and to go toward such shop and class necessaries as glue, electricity, shop rags and toilet paper (the last two of which are not interchangeable). That fee is $12 per day per student – so for two-day classes it’s $24, for a week-long class it’s $60. Again: It is NON-REFUNDABLE. So please make sure the class dates work for you before you register. (There is a cancellation policy at the bottom of each class description. For most classes, the instructor offers a full refund – minus that non-refundable fee – up to four weeks before a class.)

Also note that each class description on the ticketing site includes a link to “Where to Stay; What to Do,” a page that will help you find accommodations and learn a bit more about why your family might enjoy visiting Greater Cincinnati while you’re busy in the shop.

The classes listed below will go live on Friday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. You can look at our “box office” right now on the Ticket Tailor site (and from there click through to each class) – but if you click one of the “Register Now” buttons, it will trick you into thinking you can register today. You cannot. Once a class is sold out (again, tickets go on sale Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. Eastern, and a non-refundable registration fee will be collected at check-out), I will turn on the waitlist function (there is no fee to sign up for the waitlist).

Here are the classes we have planned for the first half of 2020 (note that we might add one or two more – if so, we’ll blog about it and add them to our Ticket Tailor listings).

• Intro to Staked Furniture – Design & Construction, with Christopher Schwarz, Jan. 18-19.
• Build the ‘Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ with Megan Fitzpatrick, Feb. 17-21
• The Greenwood Høj Footstool with Brendan Gaffney, Feb. 29-March 1
• Build an American Welsh Stick Chair with Christopher Schwarz, March 9-13
• 4 Corner Joints & a Dado, with Megan Fitzpatrick, March 21-22
• One-slat Ladderback Chair with Brendan Gaffney, March 27-29
• Intro to Staked Furniture – Design & Construction, with Christopher Schwarz, April 4-5
• One-slat Ladderback Chair with Brendan Gaffney, May 1-3
• Build a Sawbench with Megan Fitzpatrick, May 16-17
• Make a Post-and-rung Ladderback Chair with Brendan Gaffney, May 25-29
• Intro to Staked Furniture – Design & Construction, with Christopher Schwarz, June 6-7
• Build a Dutch Tool Chest with Megan Fitzpatrick, June 26-28

As always, if you have a question, please email me (Megan Fitzpatrick) at covingtonmechanicals@gmail.com.


Original source: https://blog.lostartpress.com/2019/08/19/jan-june-2020-classes-at-the-storefront/

About That Class Registration Fee…


If you read the post about our upcoming classes, you know that for 2020, we’re charging a small non-refundable registration fee of $12 a day per class. You might wonder why, and if it’s worth it.

In short, it’s because the entirety of your class tuition goes to the instructor. And during the past 18 months, we’ve found that the classes require lots of glue, gallons of drinking water (and dang-good coffee), ample toilet paper, and to keep the HVAC at a comfortable level for seven people. The small registration fee will help pay for that. Plus, the class registration site costs money – so part of each fee goes to pay for it, too.

Why is the registration fee non-refundable? Again, because all the tuition goes to the instructor, we have to have some way to pay for all the administration when people drop out of classes, require help with shipping tools or need assistance with housing, meals or activities for their families. We’re happy to help, but we do need to eat.

We do our best to make sure classes here are worth the investment in money and time. Lost Art Press operates differently than most publishing companies, and the classes here are different, too. With only six students in all but a few classes, you get plenty of personal attention from the instructor (whether you want it or not!). And, you’ve the opportunity to try out a bunch of different bench styles in our working shop (handy, if you’re thinking about building one). Plus, you have access to the Covington Mechanical Library – our large collection of woodworking books (including a three-volume set of the original 18th-century “l’art du Menuisier”).

You also get to spend time in the Covington Main Strasse area, which is aces (it’s possible we’re biased). There are scads of good and inexpensive restaurants within easy walking distance, and plenty of hotels and Air BnB rentals available at shockingly low rates. And we’re right across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, where you’ll find even more great restaurants, and plenty for your family to do while you’re in class, should they visit with you.

We love offering classes, and think you’ll have a great time here (and learn a lot, of course!) – so we hope this small fee won’t stop you from registering for a class.

— Fitz

Original source: https://blog.lostartpress.com/2019/08/19/about-that-class-registration-fee/

The Met Investigates Provenance of Artworks Acquired from Dealer Suspected of Smuggling

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is reviewing objects in its collection that were purchased or gifted to the institution over the course of three decades from a now disgraced dealer who has

Original source: https://www.artforum.com/news/the-met-investigates-provenance-of-artworks-acquired-from-dealer-suspected-of-smuggling-80526

Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts Announces Curatorial Appointments

The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has welcomed Ylinka Barotto and Frauke V. Josenhans to its curatorial staff. As associate curators, both Barotto and Josenhans will

Original source: https://www.artforum.com/news/rice-university-s-moody-center-for-the-arts-announces-curatorial-appointments-80527

Photographer Spotlight: Lissy Elle Laricchia

Original source: https://www.booooooom.com/2019/08/19/photographer-spotlight-lissy-elle-laricchia/

Artist Spotlight: Cecilia Charlton

London-based artist Cecilia Charlton

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Original source: https://www.booooooom.com/2019/08/19/artist-spotlight-cecilia-charlton/