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The Voyage of Life by Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole tackled the journey of civilizations in his five paintings The Course of Empire. In this series of paintings, The Voyage of Life, Cole illustrates the individual life in four stages.  Cole depicts the journey as one progresses from Childhood, to Youth, to Manhood and finally, to Old Age. The four paintings are currently…

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The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole was an American artist who was born in England. That’s right. He defected. He was born in 1801 and his family settled in Ohio in 1818. Let’s talk about his somewhat short life, his major influences and what academia thought of his works…..nahhhh….let’s just skip that and get right to the good stuff—his…

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Why Learn About Art?

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, former curator and Fellow for Research at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston wrote an essay entitled Why Exhibit Works of Art? Throughout my art history and teaching career, this essay has been pivotal in developing my own philosophy of art. His ideas go against much of what passes as art education…

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American Art History and Literature

Just as the works of early American artists can be accessible to young students, so can real works of early American literature. A local teacher that I work with asked if I could expand my companion reading list to include literature, thus making the curriculum a full humanities curriculum. After searching through the literature currently…

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