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Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Art History, Featured | 0 comments

Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway

On a sunny Saturday in April, I was fortunate to see the hit Broadway musical, Sunday in the Park with George, performed at the newly refurbished Hudson Theater in New York City. While I’ve seen a local production in Philadelphia, own the dvd with the original cast of Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, and have the cast soundtrack, I’ve never seen the production on Broadway. Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with lyrics by the amazing Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.  The musical is inspired by the Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat and his most famous pointillist painting, Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The story revolves around, George, played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the current Broadway production, and Dot/Marie, played by Annaleigh Ashford. The first act involves a fictionalized George Seurat during the 2-year time period when he worked on his most famous painting and Dot, a female in the painting and George’s model muse.  Dot is in love with George while he is only in love with his art. As various characters from the painting come to life off the canvas, they spotlight the intense focus of the painter to create paintings that combine his love of art and science.  This inventive way of painting was not supported by the art establishment of the time. The second act portrays the great-grandson of the late George Seurat, also played by Gyllenhaal, who himself is a struggling contemporary artist.  The young George, who has seen success with his sculptural light installations, now struggles with creating new works of art that will be financially supported and accepted into the art world. Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars as both George’s was fabulous. One of the biggest treats to see was that Jake sketched, just as the real Georges Seurat would, during the entire first act.  Annaleigh Ashford, who played the role of Dot/Marie, was fantastic while the rest of the cast brought each character to life wonderfully.  The sparse set design allowed the beautiful costuming to take center stage. As an undergrad student, I was introduced to Georges Seurat in an art history course and have been in love ever since.  As someone who wrote and illustrated a children’s book about the artist and his most famous painting, it was heartwarming to see how this artwork has inspired Sondheim, Lapine, Gyllenhaal and all the audience members who decided to spend a Saturday afternoon at the theater with Jake....

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Quote of the Week Wednesday!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Artist Quotes | 0 comments

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” – Andy Warhol

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Quote of the Week Wednesday!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Artist Quotes | 0 comments

“My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can. Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” – Keith Haring

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Fav TEDeD talks for kids

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Technology, Video | 0 comments

Did you know that TED talks has a website dedicated to teachers and education? Here are a few...

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Van Gogh and Math – TED-Ed video

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Art History, Featured, Video | 0 comments

Van Gogh and Math – TED-Ed video

I came upon this fantastic video on TED-Ed explaining the connection between Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Math….      What do you...

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Happy Holidays!

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#TBT Art Image – Melting Crayons

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in In the Studio | 0 comments

#TBT Art Image – Melting Crayons

Take another look at our post on Melting Crayons = Art + Science  STEAM in action!

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Quote of the Week Wednesday!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Artist Quotes, Featured | 0 comments

Quote of the Week Wednesday!

“I am independent! I can live and I love to work.” – Mary...

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A video to start your Monday!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Creativity, Featured, Video | 0 comments

A video to start your Monday!

I came across this amazing animation short that’s a fun way to start your Monday. This short was created by students! Yes students! How fantastic is that! Here is the description from their website: “Make It Sound FAT” is a short film of end of study of a group of seven student ESIA 3D , Lyon, France. A young man is drawn by a tornado.  He finds himself above the clouds.  A cloud band plays to influence the weather.  After the conductor fell asleep, the young takes control, which disrupts the climate …   Their website has behind the scenes images of the animation process. Happy...

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#TBT Snow Globes…easy to make!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Creativity, Featured | 0 comments

#TBT Snow Globes…easy to make!

Now that many of us have experienced the first flakes of the season, let’s look back to a wonderful lesson on Snow Globes. Visit Snowman Snow Globe in Clay lesson for the step by step instructions. What’s your favorite winter time...

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