30 Americans at the Corcoran

This October a new exhibit is coming to the Corcoran! 30 Americans will focus on identity: “30 Americans focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture”.  An assignment in one of my graduate classes involved responding to 12 categories within our own identity:  Race, Gender, Religion, Geographical, Family, Age, Economic, Political, Recreational, Aesthetic, Occupational, and Health.  The assignment was so valuable in the realization of seeing myself more than just a wife, sister, daughter neighbor, teacher and now student.  It was interesting to discover the connections among a few, like loving to swim in Recreational and see that surface in my Aesthetic in using the colors of Sea Glass to decorate the house.  Learning that I don’t like Aging because my hair color is changing and there is still lots of beautiful places to see on this planet!!  It was also interesting to discover throughout my adult life in painting and using a place of reference in Narrative Art or Landscape has been the Geographical location of my Grandmothers house in Clayton, Georgia.  If you were to ask yourself as we did in class in the 12 categories “How would you describe yourself, does this come up at work, is this important to you etc.”  You just may find some interesting connections that you may not have been aware of and could bring to the surface of your present life.  Check out Nick Cave!  He will be part of the exhibition.  His use of color, texture and music has inspired me and I will FLIP if we are fortunate to see him speak.  His use of music is so motivating and these figures break down all of our exterior identities, at least that’s what this artsaysthat to me:)



Loving the “Lines” at the Corcoran this week!

These are the kinds of lines I’m talking about as we start ART next week!!  So great to see the history of Line used by American Artist’s to break up the space of huge canvases.  In just a short period of time at graduate student orientation, I literally walked by these huge great compositions using Line.

Next week, I will be very excited to ask the 3rd graders to follow the line of the beautiful  Church’s Niagara Waterfall 1857, as it starts in the bottom corner, snakes it’s way across and makes its way back into the horizon.   We’ll see who can find that diagonal line short cut and discover who’s brave to walk the edge and feel the rush of cool waters on their toes, any Phillip Petit’s out there? Man on Wire Now that is quite a line!

Gene Davis will inspire our 2nd graders in the elegant pattern, uniqueness and uniform presence of the color variety in the lines of  his painting Black Popcorn.  I imagine they will be just as unique and uniform as they are lined up to enter the studio to paint lines themselves!  For the Kindergarten, I’m super-sized excited to share the scale and wavy lines used by Chris Martin on view at the Corcoran until October 23rd. This vimeo clip shares his inspiration for big glitter painting Chris shares !!  Check out the installation here Chris Martin

Thank you Corcoran Gallery of Art Corcoran Gallery of Art for an excellent new student orientation this week and great access to begin our unit next week on Line.  This artsaysthat a very simple Element of Design, such as Line, can lead artists across time periods to express their interpretation, observation and self-expression.  How would you use Line in your work?  Repeat it, overlap it, give it pattern, movement, is it quiet…loud?