Max Schmitt in a Single Scull by Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins friend, Max Schmitt, won the single sculls competition on October 5, 1870. This painting (completed in 1871) celebrates his victory. The painting measures 32.5 by 46.25 inches and is currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Enjoy! Thomas Eakins and his paintings The Gross Clinic along with Max Schmitt… Read more »

The Procession to Calvary by Pieter Bruegel

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525 – 1569) was a Flemish Renaissance painter. He was sometimes referred to as the “Peasant Bruegal”. His painting, The Procession to Calvary, measures 49 by 67 inches and was completed in 1564. There is a lot of detail in this painting so don’t miss it.  Many of the photos below… Read more »

The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins

Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins (don’t ask me to pronounce his middle name) was an American artist born in 1844. He died in 1916 and is considered one of America’s most important artists. One of his most famous paintings is The Gross Clinic completed in 1875. Thomas Eakins and his paintings The Gross Clinic along with Max… Read more »

Babbling About Bingham by The Biographic Bard

ARTK12’s American Art History, Volume II will be ready for purchase at the end of January 2013. For the first time in the short history of ARTK12 curriculum The Biographic Bard will be making her debut with three new biographies all sung to the tune of popular songs. Here is a small taste of things… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Professional Crayons for Your Art Students

Crayons. We all have memories of new boxes of Crayola crayons all perfectly sharpened and lined up in their new orange and green box with the flip-top lid. Crayons are great for little kids, but what most people don’t know is that they are great for real artists too. Yep, real artists use crayons. Of… Read more »

American Art History Products Ready for Sale

ARTK12 American Art History products for semester one are ready for sale. This includes 2 student books, 2 drawing books and the art bingo game. The books are also available in black and white at about half the cost of the color editions (this is no longer the case, only color editions are available –… Read more »

Welcome to the New Website!

I’m happy to finally be making this site live. Glen (my husband and webmaster) and I have been working non-stop all weekend to make this happen. Feel free to ask questions and leave comments. I’m looking forward to getting your feedback. Kristin