Amber Kane

111 Flips | 9 Magazines | 1 Follower | @AmberKane2015 | Creativity educator. Textile Designer. Stellar Daydreamer. Asker of Questions. 

Art History: Ancient Practice of Textile Art and How It Continues to Reinvent Itself

We come into contact with textile art every day. From the clothes we wear to the objects that decorate our home, it's an art that can be simultaneously beautiful and useful. But it should come as no surprise that this field occupies these two categories. At the beginning of its long history, …

Art

How to Get Your Students Writing with Only 6 Words

We’ve all been told we need to bring writing into our art rooms. But, it can be difficult to find both the time and a way to create a meaningful …

Teaching

How Much Does Craftsmanship Really Matter?

At the end of my sophomore year in college, the fate of my future rested in the hands of the faculty members at my school. I was to present samples …

Teaching

Have you ever considered quitting teaching?I did.I quit.You may be considering doing the same. But, before you write your resignation letter, it …

Teaching

Do you remember sitting in a dark room, watching works of art flash on the screen as you scribbled down notes? All the while, hopeful that you would …

Art

When I first started teaching, I dreaded the end of the grading period. Students lined up wanting extra credit who placed the blame for their poor …

Pedagogy

How to Easily Infuse Fiber Arts Into Your Curriculum

I’ve always liked knitting, crocheting, and embroidering, but it wasn’t until after a spectacular failure that I fell in love with fiber.I was …

Knitting

Have you ever had to teach a class without any experience or knowledge about the topic?I’d never made jewelry or taken a metals class, yet there it …

Woodworking

Teach Your Students How to Price Art

My students and I walked to a local gallery, many admitting they’d never been to an art gallery or museum before. The owner greeted the students, …

Selling

Art Advocacy: Learning to Speak the Language of Your Audience

As an art teacher, you know the value of the arts. You want to have a strong art program supported by co-workers, community members, and …

Teaching

“What can I do so that I don’t have a D in art? Can you give me some extra credit?”I wanted to yell, “Why didn’t you do the work I assigned!?” …

Teaching

Do Crafts Have a Place in the Art Room?

What makes something “art” and something else “craft”? Is it the material? The process? The intention?The idea of breaking art and craft into …

The Arts

How to Start Selling Your Work at Craft and Trade Shows

My first side job happened by accident. It began when my co-workers started asking if they could buy the woven scarves they saw me wearing to work …

Selling

3 Ways to Make Sketchbooks from Scraps

Why did you become an art teacher?<p>I did for the piles of paper.<p>Well, not really. But, when I was in elementary school that was one of my main reasons …

Note-Taking

Judith Leiber, 97, Dies; Turned Handbags Into Objets d’Art

Judith Leiber, the handbag designer whose whimsical creations were prized as collectors’ pieces and frequently displayed as objets d’art, died on Saturday at her home in Springs, N.Y., a hamlet in East Hampton. She was 97.<p>Ms. Leiber died just hours after the death of her husband of 72 years, the …

Andy Warhol

Baffled by Conceptual Art? So Are Will Ferrell and Joel McHale in This Museum’s Short Film

Museums are often pretty humorless when it comes to their artwork. It’s rare for them to acknowledge that art can be confusing—particularly …

The Museum World Is Having An Identity Crisis, And Firing Powerful Women Won’t Help

When the man who curated a Carl Andre show fires a woman who curated a Kerry James Marshall show, it's not a good look.<p>On Monday, the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, received an email from director Philippe Vergne with news that chief curator Helen Molesworth was “stepping …

Sexual Harassment

Kindergarten, Naturally

Pine needles and crackling fires replace whiteboards and desks in Finland’s forest classrooms.<p>“To the brook! To the brook!” the three girls chanted in Finnish as they skipped through the forest. Within a few minutes, the other kindergartners had joined them in the fern-covered gully. As their …

The Obamas' Official Portraits, Revealed

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald rose to the occasion with their paintings of the former president and first lady, while—importantly—continuing their radical projects in black portraiture.<p>Jasmine, African blue lilies, and Chicago’s favorite flower, chrysanthemum, flourish in the botanical backdrop of …

‘Loving Vincent’: 6 Facts About The First Oil Painted Animated Feature

The directors of "Loving Vincent" share details about the unique production techniques used to create their new feature.The post ‘Loving Vincent’: 6 …

Digital Art

New York Judge Awards $6.7 Million To 21 Graffiti Artists For Destroyed Murals

Is graffiti art? One court in Brooklyn has decided yes, ruling for spray paint over New York real estate.<p>On Monday, a judge ruled that a real estate developer who whitewashed dozens of graffiti murals at the 5Pointz complex in Queens violated the Visual Artists Rights Act, "which has been used to …

Streetwear

150+ Art Careers - The Ultimate List

Where can studying Art or Design take you? What kinds of careers exist for those who study creative subjects at high school? While you might have …

The Obamas’ Official Portraits Rise to the Occasion

On Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday, four American firsts have brought destiny, dignity, respect, and art together to remind us that this country …

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Young people are forced to choose a faction …

Who Really Invented the Smiley Face?

The cover to Watchmen No. 1, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Gibbons <i></i>(published by DC Comics)<p>The simple yellow smiley face created in …

DC Comics

What Art History Can Teach Us about Female Beauty Ideals

Great Writers on the Letters of the Alphabet, Illustrated by David Hockney

A choral serenade to the building blocks of language starring Susan Sontag, Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Amis, Doris Lessing, John Updike, and more titans of literature.<p>In the final years of his life, the English poet, novelist, essayist, and social justice advocate Sir …

AP Studio Art: Drawing: The Portfolio

LFPA

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