Dec 17


From the about section of Letterheady:

1. overcome by a strong emotion due to a letterhead design.


Much like its sibling, Letters of Note, Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don’t care about the letter’s content. Just its design. Click here to submit any letterheads you feel are worthy of exposure. Alternatively, email me the details.


Nov 17

Famous Photographers: Nan Goldin

Gina at Bruce’s Dinner Party, New York City, 1991

Dec 16

Zines | Art II

Oct 16

Abelardo Morell | Camera Obscura Photographer

Camera Obscura: View of Central Park Looking North-Fall, 2008
Bedroom (Before), Brookline, MA, 2000
Bedroom (After), Brookline, MA, 2000
Houses Across the Street in Our Bedroom, Quincy, MA, 1994

Houses Across the Street in Our Living Room, 1991

Brookline View in Brady’s Room, 1992

The Sea in Attic, 1994

Miami Beach in Empty Room, 2001
The image below is not a camera obscura photograph per se, but follows the same principles and is a great image.  
 Light Entering Our House, 2004

Sep 16

Inspiration | Scott Sueme

What is not to love about Sueme’s work?  His paintings are flat, with a brilliant use of  desaturated and pastel colors. His work uses abstraction and minimalism, breaking pools and other subjects into shapes using planes of color. Many of his pieces are almost monochromatic, using several hues of the same color.  

One influence I can see clearly in his work is that of David Hockney, especially his pool paintings from the 1960s and 1970’s. (See below.) 

Art Practice Prompt:

  • Create a work of art based on the color palette used in one of his paintings. 
  • Create a series of minimal photographs breaking your subject down to just the elements of art and getting rid of all clutter.   

  “A Bigger Splash,” 1967

“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” 1972

Jan 16

Artists Inspire Artists | Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, 1503

Malevitch – Éclipse partielle avec Mona Lisa – 1914

Duchamp – L.H.O.O.Q – 1919

Léger – La Joconde aux clés – 1930

Fernando Botero – 1944 (réalisé à l’âge de 12 ans)

José Pedro Costigliolo – Gioconda – 1948

Dali – Autoportrait en Mona Lisa – 1954

Andy Warhol – Mona Lisa – 1963

Basquiat – Mona Lisa – 1983

Yvaral – Mona LIsa – 1988

Banksy – 2001

Dec 15

Art Inspiration: The Bear + The Hare

The Making Of: The Bear & The Hare from Hornet on Vimeo.

The Bear + The Hare, short for John Lewis

Dec 15

The Elements of Dance

Dec 15

“Elements of Art” Animated by Kyle Busse

Dec 15

I Could Do That!

Andy Warhol

Mark Rothko


Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the Andrea Rosen Gallery

Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the MoMA

Nov 15

Happy Turkey Day!

Georges Seurat & Cindy Sherman
René Magritte

Hannah Rothstein’s Website

Hannah Rothstein’s Thanksgiving Special Series

Nov 15

Famous Photographers: Robert Adams

Watch the Robert Adams Art 21 segment from the episode Ecology.
Art 21 Segment on Robert Adams

Robert Adams on Light

Nov 15

Shoot and Move On: A Day In The Life of Street Photographers

Nov 15

Famous Photographers: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks, “The Invisible Man (Self-Portrait),” 1952

Gordon Parks Links
Government Work Series
(Click the link above to view more photographs from this series.)
American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942

Harlem Gang Leader Series
(Click the link above to view more photographs from this series.)

Nov 15

Elements of Art Videos

These Elements of Art videos are present by KQED Art School.
(Click on the station name for more awesome art videos.)








Nov 15

Monet & Lillie

This photograph by one of my Photo One students reminds me so much on Claude Monet’s Impression Sunrise, 1872.

Nov 15

Forced Perspective

Forced perspective is an visual technique that creates an optical illusion by making an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture. It manipulates our visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the viewer or camera in a composition.

Nov 15

I See Faces in the Strangest of Places

Nov 15

School Spirt Challenge 2015

Nov 15

Intro to Handlettering | Made By Marzipan


Oct 15

Always Document Your Process


Oct 15

Artist | Andy Goldsworthy


Oct 15

Artist | Sabine Timm

“I’m artist, creator, beach-trash collector, flea-market lover and photographer.”
– Sabine Timm

Click here to view Sabine Timm’s Instagram!

Create Creatures Out of Natural Materials
A photo posted by Sabine Timm (@virgin_honey) on
Arrange Found Objects in an Interesting Way 
A photo posted by Sabine Timm (@virgin_honey) on

Play with Your Food 
A photo posted by Sabine Timm (@virgin_honey) on
Use Humor
A photo posted by Sabine Timm (@virgin_honey) on

Play with Scale
A photo posted by Sabine Timm (@virgin_honey) on

Document Your Life
A photo posted by Sabine Timm (@virgin_honey) on

Oct 15

Photography | Play | Miniatures

Oct 15

Radiolab | Colors Episode

(Adam Cole/WNYC)

You can listen to the podcast here, Radiolab.org, or download the podcast and listen on the go!

Oct 15

Art Inspiration | Womanhouse

WOMANHOUSE, 1972 (Website )

Oct 15

What can you do?

Paul Smith (1921-2007), American, Typewriter Artist

When people would tell him “I could never do that!”, artist Paul Smith would always reply, “What can you do?”

Paul was born with cerebral palsy in 1921, but he never let this get in the way of doing extraordinary things.  

“Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.” – cerebralpalsy.org

Oct 15

Art Education | What are the Studio Habits of Mind?

Oct 15

Long Exposure Fun

Today while the Juniors were taking the PSAT the remaining 3 Seniors and myself had a little fun with long-exposures.

Oct 15

What is a process blogpost?

Artists blog about all parts of their process:
  • Art History Research
  • Material Research
  • Inspiration
  • Techniques
  • Growth Gained from Failures
Here are some great examples from Ian Sands’ students at Apex High School:
For more information about Ian and his application of the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Method checkout the links below:

Oct 15

Famous Photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson‘s work is a great example of the compositional tools being used to their fullest.  

What are some of the tools you see being used in the images below?

Want more of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work?
Check out the MOMA‘s exhibit:

Famous Photographers Tell How (1958): 

An Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson

Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Lost Childhood Object

This week the Art One students are taking on Lenka Clayton’s art assignment Lost Childhood Object.   


Here is a little more info on the assignment, Clayton, and the PBS web series The Art Assignment straight from The Art Assignment’s YouTube Channel.  

This week we visit Lenka Clayton, another Pittsburgh based artist whose work finds meaning in ordinary, everyday objects. For her assignment, she asks you to partner with someone and recreate a lost childhood object, using their memory of the object and the materials you have around you. Here are your instructions:

1. Ask someone to describe an object they made or cherished as a child. Make a mental image of that object

2. Create the object
3. Give the object back to the person (Ideally, you’d do this project in tandem)
4. Document and upload using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)

Check out more of Lenka’s work: http://www.lenkaclayton.com/

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Lenka Clayton, One Brown Shoe

Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Sorted Books

This week the Photography One students will be completing Nina Katchadourian‘s assignment from the PBS web series The Art Assignment.  


Here is a little more about the assignment from The Art Assignment’s YouTube channel.  

Published on Aug 28, 2014
In which we meet Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian in Lawrence, Kansas, at the former home of American writer William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997). Nina takes us on her journey of sorting Burroughs’s book collection and challenges you to sort some books yourself!Episode 13 Instructions:

1. Choose a person you know or would like to know better
2. Take a look at/through their library
3. Make 3 stacks of books to develop a portrait of the person
4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode)

Learn more about Nina’s work: http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/

And read about William S. Burroughs: http://www.burroughs100.com/

Oct 15

The Art of Portrait Photography | PBS Digital | OffBook

Oct 15

Portrait Lighting | “Sparkles and Wine” Music Video

Opale’s music video “Sparkles and Wine” is a great example of how lighting and color tone have an affect of the subject and mood in a photography or video.

Oct 15

Typography Through Objects | Margot K.

Oct 15

Photo Lesson | Cropping and Straightening

Straightening your horizontal or vertical lines in a photograph is one of the easiest ways to improve your photo.

Sep 15

Through a Lens Darkly

Through a Lens Darkly Official Website

Through a Lens Darkly Official Trailer

Through a Lens Darkly Interview with director and producer Thomas Allen Harris.

Sep 15

Compositional Tools | Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American editorial photographer best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” which originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.

Sep 15

Famous Photographers: Self-Portraits

Diane Arbus

Andreas Feininger

Man Ray

Self-Portrait with Half Beard, 1943

Gelatin silver print, 7 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches

Nan Goldin


Chuck Close