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Perhaps you’re a professor trying to get students invested in learning Art History. Or maybe you’re a student that wants to know what it’s “really like” to be an artist.

This edition of the blog series brings you a few blogs dedicated to art: those who make it, those who love it, and those who want to teach you about it.

Art21: http://blog.art21.org/about/
Founded in 1997, Art21 came about to “increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite discussion, and inspire creative thinking.” The last few posts on the site include a weekly round-up discussing the latest gallery openings, an introspective glance at a passed artist’s work, and a review of the PAAM museum in Provinceton, Massachusetts. Those who write Art21 have also written books, and created television shows and series, along with a myriad of other media projects. A well-developed blog, Art21 focuses on interesting happenings in contemporary art today.

Art Blog By Bob: http://artblogbybob.blogspot.com/
This blog, around since 2007, is updated about 10-12 times a month. It focuses in large part on art history, and each post goes in-depth on the topic at hand. The latest post, one on Sidney Goodman, delves into the meaning in his paintings and the different traditions (baroque, symbolist, classical) found within his work. Including several images of Goodman’s art, and pulling from a variety of sources, this blogger shows what Goodman tried to accomplish with his work.

Artists Who Blog: http://artistswhoblog.blogspot.com/
This blog doesn’t focus on the writer’s own work, but on “a wide variety of talented artists and designers” from around the world. Updated an average of 5 times per months, this blog has meaningful content, shares beautiful works of art, and boasts an easy-on-the-eyes design. The last post on the site, an interview with Anne Harwell, includes questions on why Harwell blogs, the rewards and difficulties of working in a creative profession and several examples of her work.

Drawn: http://drawn.ca/
This blog, often updated multiple times a day, discusses illustrations and cartooning. The twelve contributors usually post small amounts of text with a large image of an illustration or cartoon. These posts often link to other blogs, videos, or information elsewhere on the web, making each snippet full of brief, but rich content. The last three posts—all in the same day—cover Kris Kulski’s dramatic and colorful work, the collaborative daily drawing project called Avery Hologram’s 365 Draweteria, and the art of Christopher Lee.

Paintblog: http://www.paintblog.ca/

Paintblog was created by Eric Cator to “spread word (and image) of all the great art that can be found online.” A painter himself, Cator’s posts usually include only a brief comment on one artist’s single painting. The blog is updated at least twice a week, usually more often than that. In three recent posts, Cator has showcased the work of Julia Prime, Jeff Hein and Monica Tap.

While these blogs may not cover topics in every teacher’s lesson plans, this collection will give students an idea of how art and art history theory can be applied to the real world. This application of theory straight from an interesting and approachable source could help students connect the dots from theory and practice a little faster.

Written by: Kate Vander Wiede, CU ’09, ASSETT Staff