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Women Painting Themselves: pt 3

Women Painting Themselves: pt 3

Hello all, welcome to part three of the Women Painting Themselves series. Today we’re going to look at two artists instead of just one, Artemisia Gentileschi and Elizabetta Sirani. Artemisia Gentileschi 1593-c.1653 Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi 1638-39 Out of all the artists I have or will mention, Artemisia is one of the most famous. And she certainly de... »

Women Painting Themselves pt 2

Women Painting Themselves pt 2

Hi all, welcome to part two of this series of self-portraits by women! Today we’re moving a little bit forwards in time, but staying in roughly the same geographical area (16th century Italy was kind of a big deal for art history) to talk about Lavinia Fontana Lavinia Fontana: 1552-1614 “Self-portrait at the Clavichord with a Servant by Lavinia Fontana” Like Sofonisba Anguissola,... »

Women Painting Themselves pt 1

Women Painting Themselves pt 1

Hi all, I’m Celia Yost, I’m a visual artist, and I’ve loved paintings and art museums and all that pretty much my entire life. So anyways, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how women are visually represented in art (specifically painting, as that’s where my interest/background lies). If you’ve ever been to an art museum, you’re probably familiar with t... »

Album of the Week – tUnE-yArDs’ “W H O K I L L”

Album of the Week – tUnE-yArDs’ “W H O K I L L”

Hello there, Lab Rats. If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing quite like a great bit of art to light that fire under your social activist ass. In my case, nothing burns hotter than a great album, so I’ve decided to share a favorite of mine every week with you lucky so and sos. For our first venture into the wonderful world of carefully collected sounds, I thought we’d ... »

The Artsy Side of Beer

The Artsy Side of Beer

Beer itself is an art form – from the start of the brewing process, up to the first taste of your new favorite beer – but many people overlook the visual art that goes into the perfect beer experience. I have to admit that I’ve bought many a beer simply based on the art on the bottle, can, or glass (my overflowing cabinets will attest to my love of a fine pint glass). This has in... »

What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

I’m fairly confident I can say that we’ve all had a moment in our lives when a cartoon swooped in and saved us. It seems unlikely to me that I’m alone in having an imaginary light bulb sprout above head as I watched some after school twenty-two minute adventure. The feeling is akin to that warmth one gets in a cherished piece of art. You know the one. It makes you want to overcom... »

Kindergarten Cancels Art Show in Favor of More “Valuable” Skills

Kindergarten Cancels Art Show in Favor of More “Valuable” Skills

Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, New York recently cancelled the art show of it’s kindergarteners because they think art is useless. Below is the letter that they sent out to parents and guardians regarding the matter: “Dear Kindergarten parents and guardians: We hope this letter serves to help you better understand how the demands of the 21st century are changing schools and, m... »

Build an Art Machine for the SciFri Science Club!

Build an Art Machine for the SciFri Science Club!

The public radio program Science Friday recently announced an awesome new feature: Science Club! Inspired by a book club, where everyone reads the same book and then comes together to discuss, the Science Club asks everyone to go away and do the same science project and share the results with the community. I love this idea, and for Mad Art Labbers and lovers, it only gets better: The inaugural pr... »

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