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Reading Frida Kahlo: How Does Her Art Speak? | Renee Sandell, Ph.D.


Reading Frida Kahlo: How Does Her Art Speak? | Renee Sandell, Ph.D.

Enjoy a new way of understanding art as you unlock the unique ideas and feelings embedded in a painting by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)--one of the most influential Mexican painters of the 20th century. This interactive presentation will help you develop essential observation skills in successfully reading the form, theme and context in Frida’s artwork. Together as a group, we will share discoveries and interpretations of Kahlo’s life and artwork, informed by judgments based on our direct visual experience.

VISUAL JOURNALING: Easy Access to Your Innate Creativity

Treat yourself to the playful experience of VISUAL JOURNALING to activate your innate creativity. By using our “forever available” childhood experience of making lines, shapes, dots, doodles, symbols and words, we will actually be practicing a form of art expression known as marking – something all of us have done and can do virtually at will. When we choose to organize our marks to visually share an experience or tell a story or capture a memory, we practice the art form of mapping. Through these accessible mark-making skills, plus some gentle yet expert instruction and the use of special art tools, you will create a beautiful artistic expression -- a map -- of your own ideas, thoughts, feelings, and actions enhanced by your unique experiences here at the Ranch. Your map will become a celebration of your insights at Rancho La Puerta and a special souvenir to take home – created by you with absolutely no previous art experience necessary. Come join in the fun and surprise yourself!

Sandell_Renee08Renee Sandell’s artistic installations of ink and water-media markings explore the human condition in time, space, and place. See her video and click here for images from the opening by Renee Sandell Marking & Mapping: Finding Time, Space, and Place at the McLean Project for the Arts on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Believing in the power of art to facilitate human interaction, healing, and transformation, Renee uses Visual Journaling through Marking & Mapping™ in her Access Your Innate Creativity workshops to foster insight and vision for individuals within organizations, health spas, businesses, and museum-based learning programs such as SummerVision DC, which she developed and directs for the National Art Education Association. Awarded the 2013 National Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association, Renee Sandell, Ph.D. is Professor of Art Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has published widely and served as a consultant to various school systems, museums, and cultural institutions. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship on her Form+Theme+Context (FTC) balanced approach to creating and understand art

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