Artist Spotlight: Wendy Red Star

As part of our efforts to spotlight artists that are included in our new curriculum, this week, we’re exploring the artwork of Wendy Red Star. Red Star’s 2016 Coyote Decoy with Pendleton Blanket is featured in our new bonus 5th-6th grade Native … Continued

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8 Groundbreaking Women Artists We’re Celebrating This International Women’s Day

You’ve definitely heard of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. And you’ve probably heard the names Mary Cassatt and Grandma Moses. But what about Rosa Bonheur? Faith Ringgold? Helen Frankenthaler? Though the title phrase “women artists” can be a tenuous term … Continued

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Celebrate Youth Art Month This March!

As many of you already know, as it’s officially March Youth Art Month, (YAM) is upon us! We’re always particularly excited when March rolls around, but we have a feeling that this year’s celebrations are going to be extra exciting. For … Continued

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Popular Saints & Attributes in Western Christian Art Cheat Sheet, Part II

By now, you’re probably an expert at identifying the Christian figures featured in Part I of this guide (and if you haven’t read through it, you can do so here!). In Part II, we’ll be helping you identify even more … Continued

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Popular Christian Saints & Attributes in Western Art Cheat Sheet, Part I

When looking at Christian western art, it’s can sometimes be difficult to discern just who is who. Identifying common figures and saints can be tricky, even if you have with a religious background. Which is why we’ve put together this … Continued

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Bugs, Snails, & Precious Stones: How 3 Western Paint Colors Were Traditionally Made

Ever wonder how some of your favorite artists created their colors on canvas? It’s only been relatively recently in western art history (that is, around the 19th century) that paints began being mass-produced. Just how did western painters make or … Continued

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Yes, A Cat Just Attacked & Damaged A 17th-Century Painting

Yes, you did read that headline right. As we here at the Art Docent Program know by now, damaged and attacked works of art tend to always grab our attention (see for reference another big headline from just last month … Continued

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Take A Look at These Strange, Art Historical Holiday Cards

Sending holiday cards is, for many people, a time-honored tradition that warms the heart and lets friends and family both near and far know you’re thinking of them. It’s also a great way to keep in touch and show those … Continued

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It’s Been A Big Year For Renoir Artwork

There’s something about art-related crime and intrigue that seems more thrilling than other types of crime. Whether it’s forgery, outright theft, or (on the flip side) stories of restitution or locating missing works, art crime and its respective resolutions always … Continued

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Animals in Art at the Denver Art Museum

It’s not an exaggeration to say that artists have featured animals in their work since…well, forever. Think of cave paintings, some of the oldest pieces we have on record, and you won’t fail to conjure up images of deer, birds, … Continued

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