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Segmation Art Newsletter

July 2013

Ice Cream Treats

This set has six cool patterns of various ice cream treats including cones, sundaes, and a banana split. Color them quickly before they melt away!

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Thomas Moran - American Landscape Painter

Thomas Moran (1837 - 1926) was an American painter of the Hudson River School best known for his paintings of the Rocky Mountains. His sketches of western landscape captured the imagination of the American public and helped make Yellowstone a US national park. Our pattern collection for Thomas Moran contains many of his most famous works including The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Tower Fall, Green River, The Three Tetons, Mosquito Trail, Shoshone Falls, Trojes Mines, An Arizona Sunset, Pass at Glencoe, and the Mountain of the Holy Cross.


Cows are animals that are raised for beef and dairy products, and also used as a power source for pulling carts. They also provide leather for many products, and dung for manure and fuel. In some cultures cows are considered sacred. There are many words used to describe cows depending on their sex and age: maverick, heifer, calf, steer, bull, springer, and freemartin. Groups of cows are called cattle. Our patterns of cows depict them in an illustrated and humorous form with varying colors, enlarged utters, and adorned with flowers and cowbells. You'll find our cows enjoying themselves on tractors, pretending to be super-cow, being lovesick, dancing, and gazing at a flying bee!

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Campus Museum Opens to a World of Art

Source: Wired

On the campus of University of California (UC), Davis, museum plans open a world of art that invites every visitor to become a student. A unique design concept is making this possible.

In place of a building with four walls, SO-IL, the New York design firm chosen to create the project plans, proposed a 50,000 square-foot see-through canopy. Beneath this overhang will be some quiet areas for art appreciation, as well as a space that can be transformed for specific gathering needs like fundraisers, film screening, and other community gatherings.

The Schrem Museum will put UC Davis's fine art collection on display for students and the public to view. It will also have a rotation of special exhibitions, host faculty lectures, offer artist residencies, and provide studio art classes.

It is clear the central purpose of this design is to make art education available to the Bay area, state of California, nation, and world at large. As the Chancellor of UC Davis says, "All who enter this museum will become students again."

Graffiti Artist Creates Tangible, Lawless Art

Source: Wired

Graffiti artists often work at night. In the light of day, their art appears unique and causes the general public to take notice. More amazing is how these designs are created outside the boundaries of law and order.

One Dutch designer by the name Thor ter Kulve is redefining the term "graffiti." Instead of using spray paint and a train car, he is building products that turn public places into interactive, playful, tangible pieces of art.

Three of his inventions include a swing that can be attached to a city lamp post, a wacky sprinkler system that connects to a fire hydrant, and a fireplace that sits atop a large trash receptacle. As a result, Thor Ter Kulve is bringing exciting function to drab, every day sites.

Atypical to other graffiti artists, Ter Kulve's pieces may earn him money. The swing is being currently being commercialized by a Dutch retailer.

1) What is the national flower of Russia?

  1. Sunflower
  2. Rose
  3. Gardenia
  4. Iris

2) Which is the ideal way to build a sand castle?

  1. Bottom to Top
  2. Top to Bottom
  3. Tower Moldings First
  4. Using household items like butter knifes

(3) Which fabric is NOT recommended for a beach towel?

  1. Egyptian or Turkish Cotton
  2. Thick Terry Cloth
  3. Velour
  4. Velvet

(4) Why is Robert Smithson's artwork, "Spiral Jetty" in danger?

  1. Humans
  2. Drought
  3. The Elements
  4. Competitive artists

5) What does the color blue represent on the American flag?

  1. Purity and Innocence
  2. Heavenly/Divine Goals
  3. Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice
  4. Hardiness and Valor

Answer Key:

  1. A
  2. B
  3. D
  4. A
  5. C

Thomas Moran - The Great American Surveyor

The interesting life of Thomas Moran started with humble beginnings and ended in the Whitehouse. Moran was no politician though; he was an artist who raised the bar for American painters and illustrators. More so, Thomas Moran was responsible for making America what is it today.

Like many history makers, Thomas Moran immigrated to America from England in the 19th century. He was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1837. Early in his life, his entire family moved to a suburb of Philadelphia.

The four Moran brothers, (two being older than Thomas) were all artists, either by profession or hobby. Thomas's artistic nature and innate talent began to show at the age of 16 when he apprenticed for a wood engraving firm. In this role he was diligent to develop abilities in illustration and watercolor. By 1860, Thomas sought to infuse his personal art with fresh inspiration.

He traveled to the Great Lakes to paint their landscape. After returning to Philadelphia, he was able to sell lithographs of his work. This encouraged the growing artist to travel and further his skill in drawing and painting landscapes. Moran found himself in London next, studying the works of J. M. W. Turner. It is noted that Moran appreciated the esteemed artist's choices of landscape and color usage.

Between his time in London and his next adventure, Thomas Moran's landscape art appeared in numerous publications. With some notoriety and industry connections, Moran was asked to be one of the first artists to document The West with the United States Geological Survey. Throughout a forty day journey, Moran kept a diary of drawings reflecting the various landscapes he and the team encountered. As a result of his art, and the team's work, Congress was persuaded to name Yellowstone a national park. In 1872, it was the first park of its kind.

This voyage created a good amount of recognition and wealth for the artist. Yellowstone inspired Moran's infamous piece, a 7' by 12' oil painting appropriately titled, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The United States government purchased this for $10,000 that year. This is the same amount paid for another large painting inspired by a different survey that took place two years later.

The Chasm of Colorado was the result of a survey that sent Moran and Army General, John Wesley Powell from Salt Lake City to, what would soon be known as Zion National Park. The results of this survey were numerous illustrations, publications, and growing notoriety of both the artist and America's unseen west.

Throughout the course of his United States travels, Moran grew a strong affinity towards the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In fact, every year for the last 25 years of his life, he would visit this source of inspiration. Of the natural wonder, Moran wrote, "Of all places on earth the great canyon of Arizona is the most inspiring in its pictorial possibilities."

At the age of 89, Thomas Moran passed away in Santa Barbara, where he lived out his senior years. His legacy, on the other hand, continued to live. The oil paintings bought for $10,000 by the government were later featured in the Smithsonian. In addition, Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park was named after the artist. There are many other landmarks and museums that have collections or pieces of his 1,500 oils paintings, 800 watercolors, and countless illustrations.

Thomas Moran's portrayal of the magnificent West united the states of America. With that honor comes recognition that transcends time. On a wall in the Oval Office hangs Moran's The Three Tetons. His place in American history has been solidified; his legacy lives on a Whitehouse wall.


Preserving the Art of Earth

Earth was the artist’s first canvas. Before paint supplies and art tools, individuals used natural settings as means to document history and express cultural identity.After tools to create paintings, sculptures, and sketches came into use, some artists – like the late Robert Smithson – still chose to create massive artistic marvels using natural elements.

Earthwork, as it is commonly known, consists of large scale artwork that is set in nature and composed of the elements. The Spiral Jetty, located at Rozel Point in Great Salt Lake, Utah is the defining earthwork of Smithson. In 1970, he used “mud, precipitated salt crystals, and rocks” to create a 1,500 foot long, 15 foot wide water coil.

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