See Real Art: Visit an Art Gallery!

Student question:“It’s 2019. What is the point of looking at art that was made in 1520, five hundred years ago? How is that relevant to me?” We were at the Royal Academy (London) and looking at “Venus Rising from the Sea”, by Titian (1520) The Renaissance Nude exhibition runs at the Royal Academy of Arts 3 March — 2 June 2019 The Renaissance Nude I can understand the context of this question. The student who asked it is interested in videogame ...

YOUR TOP TEN VISUAL ARTS POSTS since 2010!

TOP 10 ART TEACHER favourites: the posts that have interested you most since 2010 Introduction This post is about the most popular visual arts issues as selected by you – i.e. as reflected by hits on the DP visual arts blog site. Out of more than 200 visual arts blogs since 2010 here are the teacher top ten: these may reflect the main issues and questions that interest teachers (or at least have been looked at most times) My latest posts are NOT ...

THE SHOCK OF THE NUDE (in school) (2015 update)

Life-drawing fits very well in any or all of the three components in the new DP visual arts course, so I’m re-visiting the concept and suggesting some possible links to the new course As a comparative study - artists of course have been working from the human form for hundreds if not thousands of years, so for example students could examine and compare artworks, objects or artefacts with the theme of the human figure “at least two of which need ...

THE NUDE

In some cultures it is difficult - if not impossible - to run life drawing workshops for DP art students if the model (male or female) is nude. For some of the members of the school administration, parents, and possibly other teachers and students in those cultures, its a step too far. However, when it is possible, it can be a  real learning experience. A day devoted to an intensive period of observational study inevitable improves students' observational and analytical skills, ...

THE SHOCK OF THE NUDE

Not every school art department is able to offer life (or figure) drawing classes for its students, for a variety of reasons. Some schools are located in countries where the culture prohibits (or 'frowns on')  nudity, and even if the culture of the country permits it, some art departments have to contend with a conservative administration and/or parent body. Then there is the financial side - not all budgets are sufficiently generous to pay for the services of a life-drawing ...