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Arts Toolkit: Visual Arts

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These video segments are found on the DVDs in the boxed Visual Arts Toolkit.

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Responding to Visual Art

Elizabeth Jewell

Through demonstrations and analyses of artworks by educators, artists, and critics, Responding to Visual Art provides students with the tools they need to describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art.


For the Teacher: Introduction to Responding to Visual Art
Host Elizabeth Jewell, former KET humanities instructor, introduces the video, explains that the various segments will help students make more informed responses to works of art, and offers ideas for use.
Length: 00:01:00
Elements of Art
Using works from the University of Kentucky Art Museum as examples, host Elizabeth Jewell illustrates how artists use the elements of art—color, line, value, space, shape, form, and texture—in their work.
Length: 00:09:51
Principles of Design
Host Elizabeth Jewell explores the principles of design—balance, proportion, emphasis, contrast, pattern, repetition, movement, rhythm, and unity—using artworks from the University of Kentucky Art Museum’s collection.
Length: 00:06:03
How To Respond to a Work of Art
Martin Rollins demonstrates the processes of description, analysis, and interpretation, using Pieter Claesz’s oil painting Breakfast Still Life (1653), a two-dimensional example, and Henry Moore’s sculpture Reclining Figure: Angles (1979), a three-dimensional example.
Length: 00:10:34
The Artist’s Point of View (Part 1)
In four excerpts from the KET series Looking at Painting, Kentucky artists Sheldon Tapley, Ann Tower, and Robert Tharsing and Speed Museum curator Julien Robson discuss five different works of art.
Length: 00:05:59
The Artist’s Point of View (Part 2)
Curator Brion Clinkingbeard and ceramic artists Sarah Frederick and Wayne Ferguson discuss works found at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Length: 00:09:18
The Art of Craft: Rude Osolnik
In this profile of master woodturner Rude Osolnik, the internationally recognized artist maintains that what makes a good craftsman is what makes a good artist: control of material and techniques.
Length: 00:04:43
The Art Critic: How To Write About Art
Louisville Courier-Journal art critic Diane Heilenman visits an exhibit at the Louisville Visual Art Association and talks about how to look at and write about art and art exhibits.
Length: 00:02:24
The Student/Teacher Relationship
University of Kentucky professor and fiber artist Arturo Sandoval demonstrates his approach to teaching and advising art students.
Length: 00:01:28

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Visual Arts and Culture

Chinese art

This collection of video segments presents visual arts and artists from a wide range of cultures. It is hosted by Carolyn Gwinn, who appears in several “For the Teacher” segments to provide background information on the classroom videos.


For Young Artists: An Artist in the Family
Produced with a primary school-age audience in mind, this segment takes students into the home of Manuela, a young girl who moved to Kentucky from Colombia, to observe some of her grandmother Miriam’s paintings and to learn more about life in Colombia.
Length: 00:04:23
For Young Artists: Chinese Art
Produced with a primary school-age audience in mind, this segment features several artists presenting a variety of Chinese crafts—paper cutting, painting, and kite making—to youngsters as a part of a Chinese New Year’s celebration at the Explorium children’s museum in Lexington.
Length: 00:02:25
For Young Artists: The Dreamcatcher
Produced with a primary school-age audience in mind, this segment features Susan Mullins Kwaronhia:wi, a Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve in Canada now living in Berea, as she shows her grandchildren how to create a dreamcatcher, a traditional Native American craft.
Length: 00:03:10
African Masks
Artist Maude Alexander shows some of the African masks in her collection, discusses how masks serve as functional implements as well as aesthetic artifacts in many African cultures, and takes a group of students to a store specializing in the arts and clothing of Africa.
Length: 00:06:40
A Prayer on the Doorstep (Indian Rangoli)
In India, rangoli—a decorative pattern traditionally displayed on the doorstep to welcome visitors, as well as to beautify many other places in the home and community—is made with a finely ground sandstone. In this segment, artists Nirmala Sathaye and Shasini V. Bapkar show how they use a mixture of rice flour and sand or salt to continue the honored tradition from their homeland.
Length: 00:04:46
Shaving Grace
Using the best chair-making traditions, from the location and selection of wood to the design and production of the chair, Berea craftsman Brian Boggs creates works of art that also serve a specific purpose.
Length: 00:06:34
Recycled Threads
Avid recycler Pauline Proffitt of Paint Lick demonstrates her process of turning old clothes and scraps of material into beautiful quilts and rugs.
Length: 00:06:07
Contemporary Native American Artist
Truman Lowe, a contemporary Native American sculptor working primarily with wood found in nature, explains how his heritage influences his work, from the themes he explores to the materials he chooses.
Length: 00:06:05
At Wickliffe Mounds
This segment explores how contemporary sculptor Truman Lowe’s visit to an ancient Native American community in Western Kentucky influenced his work and includes a tour of his exhibition in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University.
Length: 00:03:04
Poor Manís Africa
This segment from a 60-minute documentary about African-American artist Ellis Wilson, a Mayfield native, focuses on the painter’s travels to Haiti in the 1950s and their effects on his work.

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Through Artists’ Eyes: Exploring the Creative Process

Ed Hamilton

These profiles of Kentucky artists serve as a representative sampling of the state’s artistic talent and achievements. Hosted by Missy Johnston, the videos include examples of artists’ work as well as artists talking about process, subjects, inspirations, and purposes.


Painting: Dionisio Ceballos
Painter Dionisio Ceballos, a Mexico City native now living in Louisville, discusses his work, the subject matter and palette he’s drawn to, the connection between his life’s spiritual and artistic journeys, and the challenges he faced in reproducing several works of art by Frida Kahlo for the film Frida.
Length: 00:05:40
Oil Pastels: Martin Rollins
Artist Martin Rollins discusses his work, which depicts urban and suburban streets and park scenes from around Louisville, as well as his interests in buildings and architecture as subject matter, his use of light and shadow, and the challenges and advantages of his chosen medium: oil pastels.
Length: 00:05:01
Fine Books/Cut Paper: Carolyn Whitesel
Artist Carolyn Whitesel shows examples of her work, including a collection of her accordion-fold books, and discusses the many ways in which books can and should be considered works of art that visually showcase what they contain.
Length: 00:05:14
Printmaking: Stephanie Potter
Artist Stephanie Potter demonstrates how she creates relief prints, discusses the everyday elements of her subject matter, and shows examples of her work.
Length: 00:03:24
Quilts: Juanita Yeager
Quilt maker Juanita Yeager demonstrates how she creates patterns and selects fabrics for her quilts and discusses the similarities between quilting and painting.
Length: 00:04:50
Weaving/Photography: Dobree Adams
Artist Dobree Adams discusses her artistic motivations and describes the age-old process she follows in creating her contemporary tapestries and rugs—raising a rare breed of sheep; shearing their wool; and spinning, dyeing, and weaving the wool into works of textile art—as well as her photographic work.
Length: 00:06:07
Metal Sculpture: Ed Hamilton
Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton reflects on the evolution of his work, discusses his creative processes and artistic motivations, and demonstrates his technique as he works on a piece of public art: a memorial to Louisville native and NFL star Lenny Lyles.
Length: 00:05:54
Wood Sculpture: LaVon Williams
LaVon Williams discusses the various influences on his wood relief sculptures, including African-American history, jazz, and the urban atmosphere that most of his pieces reflect.
Length: 00:04:04

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Electronic Field Trip to the Speed Art Museum

Speed Museum

The Visual Arts Toolkit includes a one-hour KET field trip that gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum.


Electronic Field Trip to the Speed Art Museum
A behind-the-scenes tour of Louisville’s Speed Art Museum explores how exhibitions are planned and mounted, how artworks are displayed and cared for, and how art museums operate.
Length: 00:50:40

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Spectrum of Art Part 1: Making Art

Warm and Cool Colors

The Spectrum of Art DVD showcases the diversity of media, genres, materials, processes, ideas, and purposes found within the visual arts, showing students how artists develop their ideas and decide on specific media and techniques. In Part 1, “Making Art,” artist-instructors demonstrate how to make a variety of art objects.


Warm and Cool Colors/Cut-Paper Collage
In this two-part segment, Catherine Rubin explains warm and cool colors, demonstrates the effects colors have on one another, and shows artworks that use warm and cool colors, then demonstrates a cut-paper collage activity based on these concepts.
Length: 00:08:11
Accordion-Fold Books
Thomas Freese shows examples of accordion-fold books, demonstrates how to make one, and provides calligraphy tips.
Length: 00:04:44
Ancestor Masks
Maude Alexander shows how to make an ancestor mask—from the materials needed to the process involved—and discusses the characteristics of African masks.
Length: 00:08:42
An Introduction to Tessellations
Artist-instructor Thomas Freese introduces the techniques and requirements for producing tessellations, makes a tessellating stamp, and uses it to create an interlocking pattern.
Length: 00:19:29
Outdoor Installation
Contemporary artist Truman Lowe, a Ho-Chunk/Winnebago, guides students as they learn about the Wickliffe Mounds historic site and create a collaborative work of art using natural materials.
Length: 00:06:29

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Spectrum of Art Part 2: Subject Matter and Genres

Gerald Ferstman

In this section of the Spectrum of Art DVD, segments selected from KET’s three-part series Looking at Painting explore the techniques and ideas of Kentucky painters.


Realism: Landscape
Bowling Green’s Laurin Notheisen and Dal Macon of Whitley County, two painters of realistic landscapes, discuss the various methods, themes, and techniques they use in producing their work.
Length: 00:09:56
Realism: Self-Portrait
As she works on a self-portrait, Louisville artist Gaela Erwin talks about her interest in the genre, the process of revision, and her thematic interests.
Length: 00:06:39
Realism: Still Life
Danville painter Sheldon Tapley discusses his artistic process and thematic interests and demonstrates his customized tools and techniques.
Length: 00:06:51
Expressionism: Landscape
Patrick Adams, Karen Spears, and Guinever Smith discuss their approaches to landscape painting.
Length: 00:08:01
Expressionism: Figurative Art
Louisville artist Mark Priest discusses his approach to composition as well as the painters who have influenced his work, including Michelangelo and Louisville artist Henry Chodkowski.
Length: 00:03:19
Expressionism: Still Life
Lexington artist Ann Tower talks about her still-life painting and her background in abstract work.
Length: 00:01:54
Abstraction: Gerald Ferstman
Gerald Ferstman discusses and demonstrates the spontaneous nature of his abstract painting technique and his focus on social commentary.
Length: 00:02:32
Abstraction: Nancy Cassell
Nancy Cassell discusses the importance of landscape, nature, and place to her painting; the influence of the Surrealists and Abstract Expressionists; and the sexual nature of her subject matter. This segment is appropriate for more mature students.
Length: 00:06:43
Abstraction: Ideas/Process
This lengthy excerpt from the “Abstraction” program in the KET series Looking at Painting contains the complete “Ideas/Process” segment, in which the five featured artists talk with host Robert Tharsing about their various ways of approaching the genre and their work.
Length: 00:23:46

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Spectrum of Art Part 3: 2D Media/Processes

Derrick Riley

Meet six Kentucky artists working principally in two-dimensional art—from painting and printmaking to textiles and photography—in this third part of the Spectrum of Art DVD.


Painting: Robert Tharsing
Painter Robert Tharsing talks about how he became interested in abstract painting and demonstrates his process of layering paint onto the canvas to create the illusion of depth and a sense of energy.
Length: 00:04:04
Murals: Andee Rudloff
Bowling Green artist Andee Rudloff describes her process for painting a large-scale mural, from planning the work to transferring it to a building, as well as the feedback she gets from passersby.
Length: 00:03:24
Printmaking: Derrick Riley
Derrick Riley discusses his subject matter, the flaws of society; the various influences on his work, from other professional woodcut artists to popular music; and the process of creating a reduction woodcut print.
Length: 00:10:45
Fiber: Arturo Sandoval
Fiber artist Arturo Sandoval takes viewers through the process he went through to create the Millennium Project—a massive fiber composition that took four years to complete.
Length: 00:09:19
Photography: Uwe Ommer
Photographer Uwe Ommer tells the story behind his international photography project, 1000 Families: Family Album of Planet Earth, which was exhibited in fall 2004 at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
Length: 00:03:59
Photography: Tom Myers
Tom Myers of Lexington, a nature photographer and trained entomologist whose extensive knowledge of insects has enabled him to take exquisite photographs of these creatures, talks about his travels around the globe in search of new subjects to photograph.
Length: 00:07:42

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Spectrum of Art Part 4: 3D Media/Processes

Chris Strecker

In Part 4 of the Spectrum of Art DVD, students see how artists working in three dimensions use clay, glass, metal, stone, and sand to create original works of art.


Ceramics: Chris Strecker
Chris Strecker describes how she became interested in ceramic art and, while demonstrating how to throw a pot, discusses the process as well as her intentions as an artist.
Length: 00:04:24
Glass: Stephen Rolfe Powell
This segment takes students into the hot-glass studio of Stephen Rolfe Powell at Centre College in Danville, where he demonstrates the glass-blowing process and discusses the physical nature and team approach of this art form.
Length: 00:06:58
Stained Glass: Dan Barnes
Dan Barnes demonstrates his process for making works of stained glass that balance brilliant light and color with shapes and materials inspired by nature.
Length: 00:07:20
Metal Fabrication: Garry Bibbs
Sculptor and art professor Garry Bibbs talks about his background, his role as a mentor of art studio students, his influences and inspirations, and the reasons he is drawn to one of the most difficult media in which an artist can work: stainless steel.
Length: 00:07:46
Forge: Ironhorse Forge
Long-time friends and University of Kentucky alumni Chris Casey and Tony Higdon describe how they founded Ironhorse Forge in Lexington to create one-of-a-kind functional iron pieces and sculpture using ancient techniques.
Length: 00:07:08
Stone: Russell Dawson
Russell Dawson describes and demonstrates his passion for working with stone to create both decorative and functional works of art.
Length: 00:06:48
Sand: Damon Farmer
Sand sculptor Damon Farmer displays his tools and reveals how he creates intricate sculptures within the limitations of his chosen material.
Length: 00:07:17
Puppetry: Squallis Puppeteers
Jess Myers, Carrie Christensen, and Nora Christensen—the originators of Louisville’s Squallis Puppeteers theater company—discuss their backgrounds, provide some history of puppetry, and cite their sources of inspiration.
Length: 00:06:34

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Spectrum of Art Part 5: Folk/Traditional Arts

Jennifer Heller

This section of the Spectrum of Art DVD explores the traditional art forms of native Kentuckians, as well as those who have moved to Kentucky and brought their traditions with them.


Painting: Helen La France (Orr)
Mayfield artist Helen La France (Orr) discusses her subject matter—images and memories of everyday African-American life in the South—and reminisces about growing up on a farm in Kentucky.
Length: 00:07:16
Wooden Animals: Minnie Adkins
Minnie Adkins talks about how she came to carve the roosters and other animals she’s known for and demonstrates the process.
Length: 00:04:20
Beatin’ and a-Bangin’: Wooden Shingles
Appalachian craftsman William McClure and his son Randy discuss and demonstrate the old-fashioned techniques they use to render, or “rive,” wooden shingles.
Length: 00:04:20
Baskets: Jennifer Heller (Zurick)
Jennifer Heller describes how she harvests willow bark, experiments with various twining techniques, and designs and creates fine baskets that are both functional and artistic.
Length: 00:04:09
Mehendi Maker: Indian Body Art
Following a centuries-old Indian tradition, Louisville artist Anupama Sahasrabudhe demonstrates how she designs elaborate mehendi on women’s hands for weddings and other special events.
Length: 00:04:45

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