Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If you’re reading this, thank a teacher!

This week Clancy and I are paying tribute to America’s educators. My brother and I have had more classes than you would believe, and our folks are always finding new things for us to learn because it’s fun. We hope that you’ll have fun learning more about artists and their work as you answer this week’s questions. (And thanks to our favorite teachers, Dru and Libby!)

1.  Artist Jim Daly takes a nostalgic look back in this heart-warming giclée canvas. It depicts a little boy getting extra help with his multiplication tables from his devoted teacher. Generous with her time and knowledge, she is dedicated to helping him succeed. What is the title of this artwork?

2.  Friend to both fishermen and hunters, Labrador retrievers are powerful swimmers. Artist John Weiss depicts a mother Lab and her pup along the shoreline watching the crashing waves. Because of the bad weather, they are experiencing what has come to be known as a calamity day. What is the name of this giclée canvas?

3.  Artist Lynn Kaatz paints rustic scenes from a bygone era. In this colorful giclée canvas, you’ll find horses and buggies, an old one-room schoolhouse, girls jumping rope, a seesaw and a maypole. What is the title?

4.  Howard Terpning, a famous artist of the American West, painted a Native American girl watching her grandmother make a beadwork design on buckskin. Such lessons were an important part of the culture of the Blackfoot tribe. Elders were honored and traditions were handed down through the generations. What is the title of this artwork?

5.  Baby animals are just like children in that there are many important things they must learn in order to succeed. Different species require different skills, and in order to catch fish, bear cubs must adapt to the water. Testing the Waters depicts a mother bear introducing her cubs to the water. Who is the artist?

6.  Artist and author Dean Morrissey wrote and illustrated a series of best-selling children’s books detailing the adventures of Joey, who meets a number of legendary figures in his travels. In this work of art, a wise woman instructs Joey: “The right path is never clear, but the journey is always a journey forward, never back.” Who is this famous woman from folklore in Morrissey’s artwork entitled The Wooden Swan?

7.  In James Christensen’s world of fantasy, there is a place where characters from all realms go to contemplate, meditate and develop. Their library is filled with volumes that impart knowledge giving access to all sorts of magic. What is the name of this school, located in the mountains in a land a little left of reality?

8.  In this adorable work by artist Steve Hanks, a teacher is taking her little charges on a field trip. Knowing that little ones are easily distracted and might wander off, she has come up with a novel way of keeping everyone safely “in line.” What is the name of this delightful limited edition?

9.  Long before modern schools and computers in the classroom, children were taught in one-room schoolhouses. Children wrote on chalkboards; calculators were not yet invented. In Country Schoolhouse, 1879, the artist depicts a classroom where some of the students are more intent on their teacher’s lesson than others. Can you name the artist?

10.  This fun poster, hand-signed by artist Diane Graeber, depicts three Amish children, a horse and buggy, and two other animals. What is it called?


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