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Reminder Children’s Born To Draw Saturday Morning Art Classes

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Register for Born to Draw on Saturday Mornings at UNM Continuing Education Art ExhibitionsBlogChildren’s Art EducationChildren’s Classes, January 5, 2013 Registration for the Born to Draw Saturday Morning Classes First Session Begins January 26th Born to Draw Saturday Mornings 2 sessions:  Total length of class time 2 hours including set up and clean upSession 1: January 26 – March 2, 2012 10 am – 12 noonSession 2: March 23            – April 27, 2012 10 am – 12 noon 

Course Proposal and Syllabus: 

Session 1

Born to Draw: A Children’s Drawing Program

The Born to Draw program is designed for children in grades K-6th. The Children’s Spring Workshop will be for children 7-11 years of age. The course is designed to teach observational drawing though shape relationships. The students will learn formal elements of drawing such as mark making, line, shape, placement, angels, textures, value, color, and perspective. Session A runs from January 26 to March 2, 2013

Each class is geared for the child to complete a drawing within the allotted 40-50 minutes or less time frame. The Born to Draw Step-by-Step Drawing program features animals and still life. Children should know basic shapes of the square, triangle, circle and oval. I encourage parents to have their children attend both sessions. Session B runs from March 23 to April 27

The classes will be offered for two 50-minute sessions with a five-minute break and time for set up and clean up included in the class.  Total length of class time is 2 hours.

Drawing and Art Techniques

Depending on the age and the child’s development and skill levels, it is possible to evolve into another session for a continuum of developing drawing skills.  Throughout the class the children will experiment with different media that include watercolor, color pencil,  pen and ink.

Painting by Cezanne Still Life – 1890-94 oil on canvas

Session 2

Drawing Still Life

Drawing from 3D objects increases your children’s knowledge of the effects of light on form, volume and line. Observational drawing teaches one to learn to see. Students will work with still-life setups, start with simple materials and compositions, then move to more complicated media exploring textures and concepts. This is a great class to begin studies in art or to improve drawing skills.

Painting of Giorgio Morandi Modern still life

In this session the students will be introduced to great master artists like Cezanne, Matisse, Morandi, O’Keeffe and Steir.

The second session builds on the first session, however, all beginning drawers are welcome.  Beginners who have not had the Born to Draw classes’ prior will start with the curriculum of the first session.

17544 Born to Draw: A Children’s Drawing Program (ages 7-11), Section A Tuition: $160.00 Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; 6 sessions starting January 26, 2013, ending March 2, 2013  Location: CE South Building   Instructor: Cimino    Materials Cost: $0.00  Available Discounts Available 11/26/2012 17544 Born to Draw: A Children’s Drawing Program (ages 7-11), Section B Tuition: $160.00 Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; 6 sessions starting March 23, 2013, ending April 27, 2013  Location: CE South Building   Instructor: Cimino    Materials Cost: $0.00  Available Discounts Available 3/23/2013

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Reminder Painting with Soft Chalk Pastels Classes with Elaine Cimino

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Expand your creativity! Take art classes and learn skills that will be with you for a life-time. This art class covers color theory and painting techniques in soft chalk pastels. You learn about papers and various drawing techniques. Beginners welcomed. If you are experienced or have taken previous classes please bring your art work to class to show me what you would like to work on for this session.

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Reminder classes begin on Tuesday. Please contact Elaine Cimino on the website to register. This Class is a workshop setting.

Where: North Valley Senior Center

Times: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays January 8th – January 29th  (3 classes) 

Cost: $45.00

Other: Materials List available Online

Register:  Online registration Available www.borntodraw.com/workshops

Happy Holidays

Dec 19, 2012

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Happy Holidays From Elaine Cimino Studios!

Warhol Warhol Everywhere

Nov 23, 2012

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BY Rachel Wolff

A quarter century after Andy Warhol’s death, his work resonates more than ever. Several museum exhibitions are focusing on his influence in painting, photography, film, performance, and more

Deborah Kass, 16 Barbras (The Jewish Jackie Series), 1992,
a Warhol-inspired series with wit and irony added

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, NEW YORK.

“The worst thing that could happen to you after the end of your time would be to be embalmed and laid up in a pyramid,” Andy Warhol wrote in his 1975 book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again). “[I] like the idea of people turning into sand or something, so the machinery keeps working after you die. … I guess disappearing would be shirking work that your machinery still had left to do.”

Few artists are so eager and able to accurately assess their legacy, but there is something eerily prescient about Warhol’s grainy conception of death. His machinery, it seems, is still very much ticking away. His themes, processes, personas, and approach to making art are evident in everything from the ready-mades and Pop portraits of his direct descendents to the work of some of the most boundary-pushing conceptualists, abstract painters, and video artists working today. → Read more

Barbara Kruger Created the Billboards and Buses For the Best Ad Campaign in the City Right Now

Nov 14, 2012

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Great idea to promote arts and artists. This should be done in cities across the country hmmm! Anyone up to work on that project with me? By Alissa Walker Mon., Nov. 12 2012 at 1:15 Pm Categories: ArtBillboardsCityscapePublic Art Twitter user @bshigeta via Instagram

A Silver Lake billboard that recently hawked Avion tequila took on a very different tone last month. “SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION OR FACE CATASTROPHE!” read the near-apocalyptic message in stark black type. On Santa Monica Boulevard, the wisdom of Robert Frost crept by in the same foot-tall, all-caps characters, wrapped around a Metro bus: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

This campaign, which launched in October and has quickly become both the best-looking and most ubiquitous advertising on L.A.’s streets, is produced by art organization ForYourArt to benefit the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (or LA Fund for short), a nonprofit co-founded by LAUSD superintendent John Deasy last year. And the artist is none other than the legendary Barbara Kruger, whose signature black, white and red graphics — like a public service announcement meets reassuring Mad Men-era advertising — reads spectacularly well in L.A.’s urban environment.

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How smart can we get?

Oct 25, 2012

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Watch How Smart Can We Get? on PBS. See more from NOVA scienceNOW.

This is a great series about what it means to be smart. What were the circumstances that grew Einstein’s brain?

Nurture creates nature vs. nature creates nurture. The hypothesis is that playing a musical instrument (the Violin in Einstein’s Case) helps to access intuition.

How creativity and creative thought manifests ways of conceptualizations that can be attributed to problem solving. The actual act of creating art and focus on problem solving allows people to enter the “Zone”

Thus allowing for processes to appear, emerge to the top and to access other intelligences and perhaps intuition itself. Musicians that learn to play an Instrument as a young person developed “bumps” on the brain that may increase intuitive thought.

Growing the brain is important and to keep it in shape mandatory.

Watercolors by Gerhard Richter

Sep 4, 2012

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I am posting the biography for Richter  that is on his website along with links, one of which is the link to the 250 abstract and portrait watercolors Richter has created.  It is my hope that my students view his works to see the great body of work that he has cultivated over his life. i am a fan of his work and only hope I have the opportunity to view his work once again.

His current exhibtion, “Seven Works” at the Portland Museum is closing Spetember 9th 2012.

An important group of paintings from the Gray Series by this post-World War II German artist, Richter positions painting as a formally reductive and sensuously rich experience through these groundbreaking works from the late 1960s to mid-1970s. — Curated by Bruce Guenther, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

“I blur things to make everything equally important and equally unimportant. I blur things so that they do not look artistic or craftsmanlike but technological, smooth and perfect. I blur things to make all the parts a closer fit. Perhaps I also blur out the excess of unimportant information.” Gerhard Richter

http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/

http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/watercolours/detail.php?13859

Richter in the 21st Century: Real and Tangible Accomplishments

“Well, after this century of grand proclamations and terrible illusions, I hope for an era in which real and tangible accomplishments, and not grand proclamations, are the only things that count.”1 → Read more

Germans Embrace Artist as a Homegrown Hero

Sep 4, 2012

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Richter is one of my faves

This exhibition took place earlier this year. The last time I saw a Richter painting was at the Lannan Foundation in Los Angeles some 25 years ago. The images is stil fresh in my nimd. the he play with surface and imagery amazes me and  he is my painter’s painter. If you ever get the chance to see a Richter painting the travel is worth the time. It is no wonder that people are undaunted by the elements to see his work. I agree he is one of the best. Read and enjoy.

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BERLIN — Undaunted by the layer of snow crunching underfoot, hundreds of art enthusiasts stood in a line stretching halfway around the Neue Nationalgalerie on a recent morning here, eager to see the Gerhard Richter retrospective.

“He’s the greatest living German painter,” said Monika Dietz, 60, an eye doctor from Berlin, when asked why she was braving subfreezing temperatures to see the Richter show. “With everything I’ve heard and read and seen about how important he is, I wanted to see for myself.” → Read more

Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School

Aug 30, 2012

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The more research that I do I am finding that we are falling behind in our ability to be creative and support creativity at home, in schools and the workplace. Adobe released a study this past spring on how creativity is suffering. The results showed that Americans think their lack of time, money and tools are barriers to creativity. Rightly so, the American system is slowly grinding the gears of conceptual and critical thought to a halt by adopting an ideology that only looks at the productivity of test scores in the educational system. This has resulted in massive cuts to teachers jobs, and is disproportionately cutting History, Physical Education and both the Visual and Performing Arts.  The arts represents at least 37% of the entire population who are visual thinkers and problem solvers. This is why I am working on the Born to Draw Art Program because it is a way to bring drawing and the arts to children and adults, to get people to use their hands and minds once again.

See the www.borntodraw.com website  Let me know how we might be able to create a space where we can roll out the Born to Draw® art curriculum.

Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 23, 2012 — New research reveals a global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies, according to the Adobe® (Nasdaq:ADBE) State of Create global benchmark study. The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two-thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority – only 1 in 4 people – believe they are living up to their own creative potential.

Interviews of 5,000 adults across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan expose surprising attitudes and beliefs about creativity, providing new insights into the role of creativity in business, education and society overall.

Workplace Creativity Gap The study reveals a workplace creativity gap, where 75% of respondents said they are under growing pressure to be productive rather than creative, despite the fact that they are increasingly expected to think creatively on the job. Across all of the countries surveyed, people said they spend only 25% of their time at work creating. Lack of time is seen as the biggest barrier to creativity (47% globally, 52% in United States).

Education Concerns More than half of those surveyed feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems, and many believe creativity is taken for granted (52% globally, 70% in the United States).

“One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really creative,” said Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. “The truth is that everyone has great capacities but not everyone develops them. One of the problems is that too often our educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers. Instead, they promote uniformity and standardization. The result is that we’re draining people of their creative possibilities and, as this study reveals, producing a workforce that’s conditioned to prioritize conformity over creativity.”

Creativity Rating: Japan Ranked Most Creative The study sheds light on different cultural attitudes toward creativity. Japan ranked highest in the global tally as the most creative country while, conversely, Japanese citizens largely do not see themselves as creative. Globally, Tokyo ranked as the most creative city – except among Japanese – with New York ranking second. Outside of Japan, national pride in each country is evident, with residents of the United Kingdom, Germany and France ranking their own countries and cities next in line after Japan.

The United States ranked globally as the second most creative nation among the countries surveyed, except in the eyes of Americans, who see themselves as the most creative. Yet Americans also expressed the greatest sense of urgency and concern that they are not living up to their creative potential (United States at 82%, vs. the lowest level of concern in Germany at 64%).

Generational and gender differences are marginal, reinforcing the idea that everyone has the potential to create. Women ranked only slightly higher than men when asked if they self-identified as creative and whether they were tapping their own creative potential.

Four in 10 people believe that they do not have the tools or access to tools to create. Creative tools are perceived as the biggest driver to increase creativity (65% globally, 76% in the United States), and technology is recognized for its ability to help individuals overcome creative limitations (58% globally, 60% in the United States) and provide inspiration (53% globally, 62% in the United States).

About the Adobe State of Create Study The study was produced by research firm StrategyOne and conducted as an online survey among a total of 5,000 adults, 18 years or older, 1,000 each in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan. Interviewing took place from March 30 to April 9. The data set for each country is nationally representative of the population of that country.

For more information on the research results visit Adobe State of Create Global Benchmark Study and Adobe State of Create Infographic.

The Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel “Stars Earn Stripes”

Aug 13, 2012

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From the Nobel Women’s Initiative

 

New show promotes an “inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence”

Rigoberta Menchu Tum giclee print can be found in the shop and portfolio on this website

OTTAWA – August 13 – Nine Nobel Peace Laureates today issued an open letter to the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, as well as General Wesley Clark and others involved in the new “reality” show premiering tonight on NBC—“Stars Earn Stripes”—calling on them to walk away from the show immediately.

In the letter, the Laureates—who include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams and President Oscar Arias Sanchez—note that “war isn’t entertainment” and challenge NBC’s promotional line that that such a television program would be “pay[ing] homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-line responder services.”

The Laureates say that the program pays homage to no one and is “a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent.” → Read more