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Segmation Art Newsletter

October 2013

Monster Mash

Our Monsters are just dying to be colored! Meet She Devil, Winged Devil, Frankenstein, the Monster with the Green Potion, the Fish Monster, and that silly looking Purple Monster!

Halloween Guys

Have some ghoulish fun painting our Halloween Guys. Don't be too afraid of Dracula, Frankenstein, Werewolf, Pirate, and Baby Monster!

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Robert Henri - American Portrait Artist and Teacher

Robert Henri (1865 - 1929) was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure of the Ashcan School of American realism. The Ashcan school was a moment away from impressionism and focused more on realistic art which would be more relevant to the artist’s time and experience. Henri became a influential art teacher emphasizing more the attitude to their approach to art. His works comprise many portraits including those of his fellow painters. Our collection of Robert Henri patterns includes many of his most recognized works including Salone, Mary Agnes, Woman in Manteau, Irish Boy, La Reina Mora, the Goat Herder, El Tango, Viv in Blue Stripes, Segovian Girl , Roshanara, Patience, as well as several landscapes.

Leapin' Lizards

Lizards are a widespread group of reptiles with nearly 1000 species. They're characterized with feet, external ears, scaled and spiny body, vivid coloring in their tails, a brightly colored dewlap on their throat. Common lizard types include Iguana, anoles, geckos, Komodo dragon, spiny-tailed lizards, thorny devil, Gila monster, Jackson's chameleon, Central bearded dragon, Our pattern set for lizards includes many well photographed lizards in various natural settings. The Lizards are in numerous colors and some are well camouflaged into their environments. There are also some well composed lizard close-ups.

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The Architecture's Favorite Tool

Source: Huffington Post

Technology advances the art of architecture once again. Using a 3D printer, two architects, Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Billenburger, took on an impossible challenge: they created a work of art that takes up an entire 16 square meter room. The piece is titled, "Digital Grotesque". It is a creative modeling of a lavish cathedral.

The modern-day sculpture has over 260 million surfaces. This is a piece of work made possible by advancements in technology. The architects used 3D sand printing to create the large-scale model. The approach allows for repetition of miniscule details and, as a result, creates intricate, symmetrical art. The sand printing pioneers say the final project was something even they could not foresee. They claim "Digital Grotesque" has the power to surprise.

Fake Art Makes Millions

Source: Huffington Post

Some art enthusiasts are surprised to learn their homes are adorned with fake paintings. Over the past 15 years, an art dealer in New York sold over 80 million dollars of fraudulent artwork.

Glafira Rosales scammed those purchasing fine art by claiming all sales were originals or "lost" works from expressionist painters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and more.

Many of the fake paintings were produced by an aspiring artist living in Queens. Prior to this gig, the person (who has not yet been identified) could be found in Manhattan - selling artwork on the streets.

Rosales, who sold these pieces of artwork to fine art galleries, faces a 99 years prison sentence if she is charged with all nine accounts.

1) When did the art form realism sweep European countries?

  1. 1640-1760
  2. 1850-1920
  3. 1700-1750
  4. 1830-1870

2) What is a dominate difference between realism and romanticism?

  1. The abandonment of ideals
  2. Points of view
  3. Scenery and subject matter
  4. How religion is portrayed

3) A common characteristic of realism is…

  1. The spirit of these artists is above strict formal rules and traditional procedures
  2. It shows concern for social conditions
  3. It emphasizes line quality over color, light, and atmosphere
  4. It shows noisy abundance of details

4) The painters of what school precede the advent of naturalism and impressionism?

  1. Baroque
  2. Renaissance
  3. Romanticism
  4. Realism

5) What is the traditional name for an extreme form of realism?

  1. Impressionism
  2. Classicalism
  3. Naturalism
  4. Romanticism

Answer Key:

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

Robert Henri: The Leading Artist

American artist Robert Henri had a mind of his own. Loyal to a fault and guided by his convictions, Henri was as great a leader as he was an artist. Throughout the course of his notable career, he defied traditional standards of art, pursing and promoting realism.

Robert Henri was born in Ohio and raised in Cozad, Nebraska. At that time this town bared his birth name: his father, John Cozad, founded the town when Robert was eight. Unfortunately, the entire family fled this area after an altercation resulted in John murdering a local rancher. Eventually they ended up - under the guise of alias names - on the east coast.

When the drama of childhood waned, Robert Henri completed his first painting. He was 18 years old. Enjoying the activity and appeased by his natural skill, Robert planned to attend Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1886. There, he came to appreciate the work of Thomas Eakins and the artist's approach to realism. Henri continued to pursue his education by traveling to Paris where he attending Ecole des Beaux Arts. After his time there, he traveled Europe briefly before returning to Philadelphia where he began his career in art education.

Early in his career it became apparent that Henri was a born leader and a natural teacher too. It is said he inspired students by saying their art could be "a social force that creates a stir in the world". Within a few years Henri was inspiring more than his students; he developed a following of aspiring artists as well.

During this time, Robert Henri was moving away from the impressionism that influenced his early work. He began moving towards realism, and encouraging other artists to do the same. This ignited a movement that urged American painters to pursue art with fresh perspective, making it okay for artists to express the world as they see it - not the idealized vision society wants see. The movement came to be known as the Ashcan School.

In 1898, Henri accepted a teaching position at the New York School of Art. Around this time, students, colleagues, and critics observed the passion he had for his craft. He was uninhibited by societal norms and blazed a trail for artists to express the realities of life.

Henri was admired and followed by many. In fact, he was elected to the National Academy of Design (a museum and school established to promote fine arts) for recognition of his artwork. Unfortunately, when the National Academy did not display the work of his colleagues at a show in 1907, Henri became disenchanted with the mainstream art world. He knew a bold move would be required to emphasize the importance of realism.

As a result, he set up an exhibition called "The Eight". All featured work signified a break from traditional art perspectives of the time. In February 1908, five American artists put paintings on display at the Macbeth Gallery. Only once did they come together for this purpose; regardless, it left a lasting impression. It also propelled Henri to continue leading and promoting independent artists.

Robert Henri organized a number of art shows and exhibitions between 1910 and 1920. They included "Exhibition of Independent Artists", jury-free exhibitions at the MacDowell Club, and the Armory Show. In addition, he continued his career as a teacher at the Art Students League between 1915 and 1927.

While Henri was a skilled artist, his natural gift as an influential teacher solidified his fame. He was effortlessly able to lead and organize people to pursue their passions. All the while, he prompted them to believe that art was a personal expression of a real world. In the book, The Art Spirit, one of Henri's students compiled his works of art and detailed accounts of his thoughts on the subject.

When Robert Henri passed away in 1929, his influence lived on. In fact, it served as a bridge to usher in European modernism. More so, it inspired artists to reach levels of self-expression that had never been seen before. As an effect, realism came to life through the power of art.

National Gallery of Art

Robert Henri Museum

Creative Connections Strengthen Schools

There is no secret about it: art makes for an exciting learning environment. Art projects are the first introduction to education for young children. Now, with advancements in art education and the creativity of culture, schools are finding additional benefits to these activities. Art serves as a connector that unifies students and strengthens schools.

Even though art programs have been cut in recent years, teachers and administrators are using classrooms as catalysts for creativity. As a result, art is becoming the ultimate educator. Even without art classes and proper funding, faculties are using creativity to excite students and promote learning.

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