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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Artist Spotlight: Ofelia Esparza

As you might know, we’re spotlighting several of the artists we’ve added to our new curriculum here on the blog (see more on how we’ve updated and diversified here). And we wanted to learn even more about Ofelia Esparza after featuring … Continued

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Artist Spotlight: Meet Edmonia Lewis

We wanted to spotlight several of the new artists we’ve added to our curriculum (see more on how we’ve updated and diversified here). And, after linking to an article about her on our Facebook page earlier this year, we wanted … Continued

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We’ve Expanded and Diversified!

We here at the Art Docent Program wanted to let you know about some exciting new changes we’re making. Just in time for the new school year, we are expanding and diversifying our Program with several new units and artists … Continued

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Smithsonian Acquires Grandma Moses Artwork

Earlier this year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired three works of art by Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses. These acquisitions are proving to be more than popular pieces: they’re a big step forward in adding more … Continued

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Dog Days of Summer: 5 Paintings Featuring Pups!

What are the dog days of summer? Generally speaking, they’re the hottest days of the season. But here at the Art Docent Program, we’re taking that phrase to a whole new level today, and choosing to celebrate a few paintings … Continued

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