Craft in America: is a journey to the artists, origins and techniques of American Craft.
Shaun Tan: Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival...his work is insanely AMAZING!
PRHS Fine Arts: Enjoy a variety of different mediums and visual content created by the artistic minds of Plymouth Regional artists!
Scholastic Art & Writing: Since 1923, the Awards has recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and provided a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents. Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work, and they become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. The Awards received 230,000 original works from students during its 2013 program year, including submissions from numinous PRHS students...REPRESENT!!!
The Oxford Project: The Oxford Project began in 1984 when artist Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted fliers inviting people to stop by. At first the residents trickled in slowly, but in the end nearly all of Oxford stood before his lens.Twenty years later, Feldstein did it again, re-photographing as many of the original residents as he could locate—only this time, his neighbors didn't just pose, they talked. With astonishing honesty, the people of Oxford shared their memories, fantasies, failures, secrets, and fears with Feldstein and writer Stephen G. Bloom, who compiled their words into the poignant, short, first-person narratives that accompany their portraits.
The Black Apple: Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books, and other things. She is the author and illustrator of a paper doll epic called "The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer", illustrated novel for children, "Oddfellow's Orphanage" and a picture book, "Dream Animals". When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, dressing rabbits in fancy clothes, and having many peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to illustrate those peculiar daydreams, and after college, she created a cottage industry called The Black Apple, which sells all manner of art and etceteras.
She works in a tiny nook of a studio filled with old children's books, wind-up toys, and stacks of fabric. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, carnivals, vintage children's clothing, her favorite films, and autobiography. She likes to bake, hunt for old treasures and tend her flower garden.
She has a BFA from the University of Georgia, where she studied photography, painting and English literature. She lives and works among the giant fir trees of Portland, OR.
Artdaily: The first art newspaper on the net. Articles, artists, galleries, museums, photographers, games and more!
Art is a Way: Celebrating creativity and self-expression, one way at a time. Each one of us is unique, therefore, each one of us has the power to do something unique, not only in art, but in all the areas of life.
Keith Carter: Keith Carter holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is the recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts, the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the Regent's Professor Award from the Texas State University System. His work has been shown in over 100 solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. He is the author of eleven books: , , , , , ,,, , and A DVD documentary of his work titled was produced by Anthropy Arts.
Pilchuck Glass School: Pilchuck Glass School began as a creative experiment by artists who wanted to work with glass while living as a community in a wilderness environment. This concept attracted more artists as it allowed freedom of expression, the place, and the time to experiment with glass. Today Pilchuck and its environs are an ideal setting for shared creative experiences, experimentation, reflection, inspiration, and learning.
Mathew Kunes: Matthew Mark Kunes was born in Westminster Colorado, October 1978. He grew up like any other suburban Colorado kid. Skateboarding to the mall, snowboarding on the weekends, playing soccer, mastering video games and attending Boy Scout camp. As he matured, his passion for skateboarding and the art that fueled the scene started to become more apparent.
After high school, he enrolled in art school at the University of Wisconsin - Stout located in Menomonie. There he discover the art of printmaking. Even though he had declared his major in graphic design, more of his time was spent creating prints. Lithography and screen printing became more than just a class...it became a small obsession. It was not until after his year studying abroad in Heildesheim, Germany that he knew screen printing was going to be a major part of his life.
After graduation, his vision was to create an art driven graphic design, illustration and screen printing studio. In 2010 Motelprint Studios was founded.
Aniela Sobieski: Aniela Sobieski creates small-scale oil paintings of surreal, dream-like situations. Her work provides an antidote to the fairytale blockbusters that have come to dominate big screens and bookshelves, packing worlds of storytelling and emotion into one very tiny frame. While exploring these small, meticulously painted surfaces, it's impossible not to become hynotized by the depth and range of Sobieski's imagination.
Artsy.net: Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online with the mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Artsy is all about discovering, learning about, and collecting art and their collection is comprised of over 140,000 artworks by 25,000 artists from leading art fairs, galleries, museums, and art institutions!
Mike Migonla: His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading DRACULA at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.
Hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics—First as a (very terrible) inker and then as an artist on comics like ROCKET RACCOON, ALPHA FLIGHT and THE HULK. By the late 1980's he had begun to develop his signature style (Thin lines, clunky shapes and lots of black) and moved onto higher profile commercial projects like COSMIC ODYSSEY and GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT for DC Comics, and the not so commercial FAFHRD AND THE GREY MOUSER for Marvel. In 1992 he drew the comic book adaptation of the film BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA for Topps Comics and is most famously known for creating the comic HELLBOY!
All About Papercutting: An amazing website featuring a list of papercutting artists, three-dimensional, flat papercuts, illustration, mixed media, animation, books, tutorials and resources.
Tony DiTerlizzi: Dragons, space monsters, goblins and insects: the characters that inhabit storyteller Tony DiTerlizzi’s world haven’t changed since he was a kid growing up in South Florida. DeTerlizzi started off as an illistrator for Dungeon and Dragon cards and later illustrated picture books like, Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno and The Spider & The Fly to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa. Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries!
Etsy Blog: They are anthropologists of commerce, curious about people and what they make, exchange and consume. Around the world, there’s a new clamoring to know the story behind what we buy — who made it, how, what route did it travel to our door? They here to tell these global stories, to introduce you to makers and collectors and the history of their goods. This blog has everything and more!!!
Casey Weldon: Casey Weldon was born in southern California, where he spent the majority of his life up to his graduation from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a brief time running his own studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, he relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he now lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist. By using the iconography of today and yesterday's popular culture, his work aims to awaken a feelings of nostalgia within the viewer, though often along with a sense humor, melancholy, and longing for times lost.
Vivian Maier: Vivian Maier was an American street photographer, who was born in New York City and grew up in France. After returning to the United States, she worked for approximately forty years as a nanny in Chicago, Illinois. During those years, she took more than 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier's death, her work began to receive critical acclaim. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S., Britain, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Belgium, and have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Britain, Germany, Italy, France, and other countries. A book of her photographs, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, was published in 2011
The Penland School of Crafts: The Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists' residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center.
Louise Nevelson: Louise Nevelson is one of America’s foremost artists. Nevelson’s sculpted wood assemblages transformed the viewer’s perception of art. For her brilliant composition in varied mediums critics hailed her as the leading sculptor of the twentieth century. A pioneering grand dame of the art world, Nevelson’s iconic persona was characterized by her skilled mixing and matching of ethnic clothing, mink eyelashes, and especially her charismatic presence. Her work can be found in major museums and esteemed private collections worldwide. Check out Louise Nevelson's official page on Artsy.net for a alternative perspective!
Michael Franzini: One Hundred Young American: It is the most intense time in the life of a human being. A time of explosive energy and terrifying uncertainty.
Every teenager has heard adults say, “I was your age once.” When they hear this, they shake their heads and think, “Yes, but it was different back then.”
Teenagers today have instant access to people, information, and entertainment on a scale that their parents could not have imagined. It’s not unusual for teenagers to have hundreds—or thousands—of online friends.
They regularly chat with 20 friends simultaneously, while listening to music, watching TV, and talking on a cell phone.
Fashion trends last months—or weeks—instead of years. Tiny obscure cliques take root and flourish in cities and small towns across America.
This project is the first close look at the instant access generation. No one individual can represent a generation. But this group of 100 is a startling window into the lives of American teenagers today.
Chloe Early: Chloe Early’s current works are oil paintings on linen and aluminum. Large scale painterly montages, she works with an abstracted urban landscape background placing interchangeable motifs: divers, balloons, stars, herds of animals, always hinting at the opposing themes of apocalypse and redemption. Urban scenes form the backbone of the paintings which aim to transgress states of dream and reality bringing together an improbable selection of images; the lushness of a garden of Eden is contrasted with the grit of a post industrial building boom. These landscapes are populated with figures which have an air of oblivion, they are lost in a dream of perfection and oblivious to their surroundings. Despite the urban subjects the paintings always retain a dream like quality, a soft focus. Early aim’s to layer motifs and meanings, using imagery from a range of sources, her own photographs, magazines, books, the internet and travel adds to create paintings whose meaning shift and blur like a troubled dream.
Snow Farm: Snow Farm is located in Williamsburg, Massachusetts in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. They are in Hampshire County, in the heart of the Pioneer Valley which is home to many of the country's most prominent master craftspeople and just outside the five-college communities of Northampton and Amherst.
Their extensive and professionally equipped studios and living space are a blend of a 1700s farm and contemporary, architect-designed structures set amidst 50 acres of New England hills and pastures. Snow Farm's four living modules are designed as a series of double rooms each of which opens out onto a large outdoor deck. Single rooms are available. The kitchen is a focal point of Snow Farm with great, wholesome food made from fresh ingredients. Each meal reflects the same intimacy and caring found throughout the program.
Teagan White: Teagan White is a freelance designer and illustrator from Chicago, currently a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Intricate lines, naturalistic rendering, and subdued color are integral to her visual identity, while a fascination with natural history, antiquities, and mortality drives the content of her work. Throughout her personal and professional projects, she attempts to blur the boundaries between design, illustration, and fine art, aiming for a depth of meaning and quality of execution that can arise independently from the work's application. Her clients have included Target, Nike, The NFL, Coca-Cola, Anthropologie, WIRED Magazine, and a wide range of small businesses, fashion companies, and independent record labels. She is also a member of the Keystone Design Union.
Sophia Narrett: Sophia Narrett uses embroidery to create images where people harvest natural landscapes for each other, happiness, beauty, and of course love.
Literary and cinematic stories of eternal love, mythic disco culture, and the version of life presented in contemporary pop and hip hop music videos, all contribute to her language of describing people in love. She is inspired by performances that create alluring tableaux even to the point of irony, and showcase people pouring their hearts out in desperate gestures. Popular, glittery vocabulary can express something real that is at the core of humanity. Glamour can embody the sublime, in that it comprises a beauty that goes beyond the nature of everyday life and regularity, even if it is contrived or manufactured
Rachel Caldwell: Rachel Caldwell's goal is to achieve a visual experience that is beautiful and serene with clean lines and movement, but that also contains elements of the strange, surreal, or dreamlike. She wants to create images that take elements from real life and combine them with unexpected surprises such as replacing owl feathers with ligatures/swashes. If there is an opportunity to exaggerate, she loves that, too. She is drawn to the complex line work involved in creating flowing hair, graffiti, or exposed muscles and hopes that viewer finds a combination of beauty and amusement in her concepts and subject matter.
Krescent Carasso: Early on she established herself as a prolific painter of the human form, exhibiting her work throughout the west coast and in several parts of Europe. Her paintings then relied heavily on a visual reference, often a collaboration of several photographs that Carasso would take herself. It was through this practice that her painting eventually led her to discover her love of photography, and the connection between the two resulted in an interesting dialogue between two seemingly separate bodies of work. Although still painting and even branching out to film, in the last year Carasso has focused primarily on photography, showing in several san Francisco galleries and working with a variety of different artists in both documentary and experimental fashions. She currently lives and works in San Francisco working full time, as a painter, filmmaker, and photographer.
Lotte Reiniger: Born in 1899, she was an experimental pioneer in feature-length film and children’s film shorts. She is best known for her innovative work with backlit silhouettes, which was partially inspired by Chinese shadow puppets. She is credited with directing one of the first animated features, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), ten years before Disney made Snow White.
Christopher M. Georgia: Former PRHS graduate and Thornton native Christopher M. Georgia is an extraordinary Astro/Landscape and time laspe photographer (mind blowing)! Check out his amazing website and take the time to watch his stunning time lapse video, Light of the Night. It will inspire you to explore the beauty that occurs after the sun goes down. PRHS represent!!!
Poetry Foundation: A leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry: The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Check out their Record-a-Poem project! The Poetry Foundations invites everyone to post audio recordings of their favorite poems. People can upload recordings they have on their computers, or use SoundCloud to upload audio files directly to the group using the Upload button here.!
The Moth: The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.
This American Life: This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with around one million people downloading each week
This I Believe: This I Believe is an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives.
This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.
In reviving This I Believe, executive producer Dan Gediman said, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”
StoryCorps: Story Corps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on their Listen pages.
They do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, they will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.
In the coming years they will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.
Poetry Out Loud: The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country.
PRHS students interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should talk to Mrs. Donahue!
The Project: They collect found papers: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles– anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes! You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved iand they will hit you back with the Secret Operative Instructions.! You’ll be on your way in no time. Oh, and hey– make sure you let them know where you’re writing from!
Poetry Foundation: The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Poets.Org: Their mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.
Magnetic Poetry: Play online with magnetic poetry, you never know, you might create something amazing! SO FUN!
Three Minute Fiction: This contest has a simple premise: Listeners send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less.
Poetry.com: Poetry.com welcomes all amateur poets and wants to encourage your participation in the world’s largest and most vibrant poetry community. They have established a system of points and badges which you’ll earn for every different type of action you take. For example, you will receive points for each poem you write, each poem you review, etc.
The Poetry Archive:
The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It came into being as a result of a meeting, in a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not been properly recorded.
Selected Shorts: Is a radio/podcast story time with PRI’s award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen. Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC and on tour
The Writers Almanac: The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and sharing a short poem or two. The website contains archived radio broadcasts and a blog featuring poems and historical facts.
The Poetry Society: The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.
Poetry 180: A poem a day for America high schools! Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. The poems are intended to be listened to. Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure.
Fishouse Poems: This free online audio archive showcases emerging poets (defined for this purpose as poets with fewer than two published books of poetry at the time of submission) reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process. Their mission is to use online technology and other media to provide the public with greater access to the voices of emerging poets, and to provide an educational resource to students and teachers of contemporary poetry.
The Poetry Society (UK): The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organizations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has nearly 4000 members worldwide and publishes The Poetry Review.