Bob Dylan and David Walker

Well known musician, Bob Dylan, and illustrator, David Walker, have teamed up to create this delightful children’s book:

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Find it here.

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Find more from David Walker at his website here.

George Harrison (yes, of the Beatles) sang this Bob Dylan song: If Not for You.

Click here for George Harrison on youtube.

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Sing along with the lyrics:

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See how these lyrics can be appropriate for all ages?

Isn’t it magical when creative minds come together to create something that becomes a classic cultural thread?

Today’s assignment:

1. Write a poem that holds meaning for all ages. Remember song lyrics are a form of poetry. 

2. Create an illustration to accompany your poem.

The Gleaners

This photo of the gleaners at First Fruits Farm in Louisburg, NC yesterday . . .

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(in spite of the downpour and mud) reminds me of Jean-Francois Millet’s painting

entitled The Gleaners.

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Granted, there are differences: the first group at First Fruits Farm are gleaning sweet potatoes voluntarily to feed the hungry; the group in Millet’s painting is gleaning wheat, perhaps for their own use.

You can hear more about this painting from Khan Academy here.

Gleaners are mentioned in the Bible several places:

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Today’s assignment: Remember that, as writers, we glean a little information from every situation we encounter. Using these experiences will add depth to our writing. Enjoy today.

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glean at

Artist Spotlight: Georgia O’Keefe is Not Just About Big Flowers!

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“Lake George, Autumn”

Many of us think of big flowers when we think of the artist, Georgia O’Keefe, but her work was so much more.

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Georgia O’Keefe lived 1887-1986. She was born in Wisconsin, but perfected her style by studying and teaching art all across the country. She started painting in New Mexico in 1929.

Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch this video with Carolyn Kastner at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.

Georgia O’Keefe.

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2. Go outside to work on your art today.

O’Keefe poster available here: National Gallery of Art


More at the Boulder Weekly here.

More from Staci Cobabe (Utah edu) here.

Sunday Art: The Last Supper

This “image is a copy of da Vinci’s painting by Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli, completed in the early 16th century. It has been used as the primary source for 20th century restoration.”

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“The Last Supper” was completed in the late 15th century, on a wall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. The painting took Leonardo da Vinci a few years to complete, though the exact timeline is unknown. Legend has it that that da Vinci became enraged at a prior who expressed frustration with the number of years the painting had taken to complete, and so the painter threatened to use the prior’s face as the model for Judas.

The painting’s condition began to decline shortly after its completion. Italian painter Gian Paolo Lomazzo stated only midway through the 16th century that “the painting is all ruined.”

Below is an image of da Vinci’s original painting:

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Besides deterioration over time, several notable destructions to the piece have occurred. In 1652, a doorway was inserted into the mural which removed Jesus’ feet. During World War II, the monastery was bombed, though, remarkably, the wall with “The Last Supper” remained intact.

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Today’s assignment:

1. Read more about art at the link below.

More at HuffPost.

2. Rest.

Artist Spotlight: Gustav Klimt

We are probably most familiar with Gustav Klimt’s work: “The Kiss.”

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More about “The Kiss” here.

It is from his Golden phase.

He is well-known for his paintings of females like this one:

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about Adele here.

Klimt also painted amazing floral and landscape works.

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More about the “Flower Garden” here.

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More about the “Birch Forest I” here.

Today’s assignment:

1. Familiarize yourself with Klimt and his work.

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Klimt at WikiArt here.

2. Work on your own artistic creation.

3. Write a brief description of yourself as an artist. Describe your artwork briefly.

If you are in NYC, “Adele” is on exhibit at:

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MOMA info here.