Painting

Mural Painting | Artistic Roots

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Sophia learns more about being a professional artist from Birmingham sculptor and painter Merrilee Challis who traveled to Dauphin Island Sea Lab to paint a mural. We learn how art can bring people together by encouraging curiosity and wonder.

MN Original | Alison Price: Painter

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Alison Price is a visual artist who is influenced by the Mississippi River and the natural world around her. Her work is highly colorful and full of emotion with a connection to nature. She is especially drawn to the heritage trees that line the Mississippi River and other interesting trees, such as the Ancient Oak, which is about 333 years old.

MN Original | Devin Wildes: Artist

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Devin Wildes is a young man who is not only an incredibly talented artist, but has personally persevered against autism. Through visual art, Devin Wildes has found his voice, a creative and beautiful outlet to express himself. Although other people may be very conscious of disability labels, Devin Wildes never thinks of himself as disabled. He defines himself as an artist – not autistic.

MN Original | Tara Sweeney: Painter

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Lifelong artist and educator, Tara Sweeney creates an alphabet picture book in Swedish with illustrator Nate Christopherson. The book features objects from the American-Swedish Institute's archival collection, many of which represent objects brought over on immigrant journeys. Sweeney learns about past journeys while contemplating present day immigrant and refugee experiences.

CM Russell: Evolution of an Artist

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This lesson has students choose an artist who they will research as to how he or she developed their personal talents.

CM Russell: Pictorial Letters

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This lesson challenges your students to draw that same type of figure that embodies some historical time in their local history.

CM Russell: Painting the Past

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This lesson has students superimposing events from their local past on their contemporary landscape.

CM Russell: Artist of the West

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This lesson asks students to research artists from their area who may not have national attention and analyze what may make these types of regional artists special.

Creating Beauty to Break Down Boundaries | Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

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Learn about Kehinde Wiley's start in the New York City art scene and meet Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Wiley explains that the people he paints are more than subjects: they are collaborators who actively contribute to these paintings just by being themselves. Wiley's intent is to create visibility for the black people he meets and paints, and to break down social boundaries along the way. Wiley has learned that creating work that is inherently beautiful is essential to this endeavor, because the nature of beauty is that people will accept it outright, despite conflicting cultural ideas or longstanding prejudices. 

MN Original | Coffee Art

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Learn about how a debut show at a local coffee shop first led Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andy Saur to experiment with their unique medium of choice. Here, they create an original painting onsite at Perkelat Coffee Shop in downtown Saint Paul.

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