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May 2014

Issue 1 , Volume 1

DIY Project

10 Top Art Museums


The Arts Fight for a Seat in the Classroom

A Master of Fine Art: A photostory photostory of of local local artist, artist, Larry Larry Skeries Skeries



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“Opening doors to the creative arts and humanities�


June Session June 3-26

July Session July 8-31

The Hearst Center of the Arts is a local art museum located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The center offers a variety of exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes and a sculpture garden. The classes are for both children and adults and range from painting, drawing and pottery to photograhy, jewelry making and mosaics. The opportunities are endless at The Hearst Center for the Arts!

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add a little color to your life

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319 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (319) 277-0268 Monday - Saturday: 10 - 6




Letter From the Editor

Find out what makes me, me! What inspired me to start this magaine as well as my future hopes and dreams in the world of arts and crafts.

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A collage of candid and staged photos of Larry Skeries, a local artist who teaches at the Hearst Center for the Arts and does his own work in his personal workshop.


Top 10

A list of the top 10 art museums worldwide, including those with some of the most popular works of all time.

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A DIY project that is perfect for any gift or personal home decorator. It includes step-by-step instructions and pictures from start to finish!

Surprise Me

A personal poem and reflection of why I choose art, why it inspires me and why I could never live without it. A portfolio of a few of my own personal works follows as well.


Cover Story

An indepth look at the decline of art education in school cirriculum. Statistics and quotes from art educators, students and art organizations who promote the importance of the arts in the classroom.

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Editor’s My name is Madison McKone and I am currently a senior at the University of Northern Iowa. I grew up in Fort Atkinson, Iowa where gravels are just as common as highways and there isn’t a stoplight in 20 miles. Coming to UNI was a change, but an exciting new chapter in my life which led to some remarkable discoveries! I started by simply enrolling in my general education courses, until I realized that writing was my niche. I debated majoring in English but ultimately, chose Public Relations because it included aspects of journalism, while still remaining broad enough that I would have many different options after graduation. Since then I have immersed myself in journalism and PR classes. I also have a minor in Spanish and had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

I love working with people and ideally, I would like to take on a position as a writer, public relations practitioner, event coordinator or editor. For as long as I can remember I have been mesmerized by books, magazines and other print media. Working in any of these industries would be a dream come true. Additionally, I have always had a passion for arts and crafts. I have never seen the world in black and white; there have always been colors. Art for me, like writing, is a form of personal expression. It says everything, without saying anything. It is freedom to create something out of nothing. Behind every brush stroke or pencil shade is an emotion just waiting to be unleashed. Artitude is an expression of who I am. It combines my love for the written word with my love for the painted canvas. It includes a simple DIY craft, a photo story of the life of a local artist, a cover story regarding art education and multiple relevant advertisements. My dream job would involve working for a company like Better Homes and Gardens or an even more focused publication such as The Artist’s Magazine. I hope that my personal magazine helps to showcase my experience and skills in the industry and will help me attain my dream career. Enjoy!

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Art for me, like writing, is a form of personal expression. It says everything, without saying anything. It is freedom to create something out of nothing. Behind every brush stroke or pencil shade is an emotion just waiting to be unleashed.


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A Master of Fine Art:


1. Larry Skeries is a local artist from the Cedar Valley. He taught art for over 40 years and says he will do so until he is no longer able to. 2. Now that Larry is retired, he keeps busy by working in his personal workshop. The studio is filled with supplies, finished and unfinished pieces. 3. Although he taught a variety of classes in the past, Larry’s main focus is on pottery and ceramics.

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Larry Skeries

A day in the life of Larry Skeries, a Cedar Valley native who has dedicated his life to the arts.




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“Art is the art of living and there is an art to it.�





7. Throughout the years Larry has accumulated a large collection of his own work and other purchased ceramic pieces. 8. In addition to working from his home, Larry teaches at the Hearst Center for the Arts. 9. This semester Larry taught a course in jewelry making. 10. Unlike typical string and bead jewelry kits, Larry’s class taught intricate techniques which allowed his students to make detailed ornaments. 11. He imparts his knowledge on his students and teaches skills such as soldering, or fusing metal together with flame torch. 12. Whether they are adults or children, Larry invests all of his resources into his students. 13. He lives his life by the words, “Art is the art of living and there is an art to it.” 13

4. Some of his projects include pieces for his wife, bowls for the soup kitchen and burial urns for funerals. 5. “It’s 55 years of practice in 20 minutes,” Larry explains as he begins a new project. 6. With his hands covered in “slop”, Larry shapes a ball of clay into a masterpiece.

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top 10



Guggenheim Museum: NYC, New York & Bilbao, Spain


The Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago, Illionois

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top 10


Metropolitan Museum of Art: NYC, New York


Louvre Museum: Paris, France


Uffizi Gallery: Florence, Italy


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top 10


El Prado Museum:

Madrid, Spain


Tate Modern Museum: Madrid, Spain


MusÊe d’Orsay: Paris, France


J. Paul Getty Museum: Los Angeles, California

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DoCherry It Yourself: blossom acrylics


Gather the supplies. You will need: - Assorted acrylic paints (I used black, white and shades of red) - A variety of paint brushes - Two 12x16” Master’s Touch Canvases - Two 12x24” Master’s Touch Canvases

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Begin by drawing the image in pencil on the canvas. I used an online image as a guide. It is important to make sure the sky and foreground are proportional to one another. The mountains are in the distance so they will be smaller. You can add as much or as little detail to the pencil image as you would like. I prefer to freehand the detail in the waterfall and the clouds with paint rather than pencil.


Next, begin painting. The foreground and mountains are a solid black, wheras the clouds will require some shading. They should appear darker at the top and fade out with some standing out more than others. I also added a bit of gray color to the tips of the mountains for extra depth. You can add shading to the foreground as will if you wish. After the black dried I moved to the white water and waterfall, which require less shading, but more detailed work. The waterfall should appear to be flowing and crashing into the pond below.

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Once you are satisfied with the background, it is time to add the tree. I began this step by returning to a pencil sketch on top of the background. The tree branch extends from the right-most canvas across them all. I let a few branches flow upward and others down. On the second canvas I drew a dramatic hanging branch to serve as a focal point for the painting.


Upon completion of the sketch you can begin to paint the branch in shades of blacks. Be sure to make shadows from the central sky light source I also added thick chunks to add depth.


After the thick chunky paint has dried, you can add cherry blossom flowers to the tree branch. I chose to use a blothching motion with one color at a time. First I used a darker maroon shade, followed by a brigter red to add accent colors. Next, I used black to add a center to the flowers and white for the sun’s highlight. There is no right or wrong way to make the blossoms. They do not need to be perfect, they are semi-abstract features.


The final step is to add chunky red paint for depth on the flowers as well. These thick additions will make the painting pop and give it a three-dimensional appearance.


Wah Lah! The finished project!

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POEM BY MADISON MCKONE ART BY MADISON MCKONE Because it is expression. Because it is color. Because it is life. Because it is a definition of the unknown. Because it is creation. Because I am free to be me. Because there are no explanations or questions or criticisms. Because it gives meaning to the meaningless. Because it is power and control and influence and passion. Because it puts on paper what one thought to be impossible. Nothing is impossible. Nothing can’t be done. Because it makes everything possible. Because it renders emotion. Because with one stroke nothing becomes something. Because even dots make sense. Because sunsets are marvels. Because the terms primary and secondary do not refer to a source you are citing. Because there is an unlimited number of choices to make and options available. Because it is freedom. Because it is an incurable obsession. Because some are visual learners. Because we are aesthetic. Because it is beauty and design. Because balance and harmony and rhythem are of the utmost importance. Because it is inspiring. Because it tells a story. Because interpretation is everything. Because it deals with the concrete and abstract, the real and the surreal, the simple and the intrecate, the wrong and the right, the black and the white. Because it is a way of life. Because it has no tests. Because everyone can do it. Because it is creativity. Because Achromatic, Fresco, Fauvism, Impressionism, and Turpentine. Because it is a dream. Because it can evoke any mood. Because it is its own world in itself. Because it was, is, and always will be.

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The Arts Fight for a A rt renders emotion and is an outlet for the unknown. Sitting at a blank canvas gives meaning to the meaningless without questions or criticisms. Nothing becomes something in the blink of an eye and a combination of harmony and balance take form.

For years children have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in art education courses. Be it painting and drawing or intricate sculpture and clay fabrication, these courses gave students the opportunity to think outside of the box. However, in recent years some school students have not been as lucky. Creativity is becoming stifled by budget cuts and a depletion of art curriculum is the result. Canvases have been exchanged for textbooks and notebooks have taken the place of paints. In fact, a 2012 study published in Grantmakers in the Arts reported that

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the three primary sources of public funding for the arts in the United States have experienced declines in the past decade. The three sources include federal appropriations to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), legislative

education is not just fun, but very beneficial as well. Language development, an increased IQ, a harder working brain, enhanced spatial-temporal skills and a deeper connection with the world are only a few of the effective results.

“Students who took four years of arts coursework outperformed peers who had taken similar classes for a half-year or less by 58 points on the verbal portion of the SAT and by 38 points on the math portion.” appropriations to the nation’s state arts agencies and direct expenditures to the arts by local governments. In comparison with 2011, the NEA had a decline of $146 million, or 6%, a $260 million or 5% decline in the legislative appropriations and $706 million or 3% in direct expenditures. These cuts have a direct impact on students. Art

Counting measures and time signatures teaches general math skills, studying scripts improves language and vocabulary, performing a monologue betters public speaking and analyzing works of art educates students in critical thinking. What’s more is that a study done by College Board and published by the National Assembly of

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State Art Agencies found that “students who took four years of arts coursework outperformed peers who had taken similar classes for a half-year or less by 58 points on the verbal portion of the SAT and by 38 points on the math portion.� With such measurable and definitive benefits, it a shame to see

these programs go. Fortunately, there are a select amount of organizations and companies who understand the importance of art education and work to promote such creative outlets. In the Cedar Valley especially, a commitment to the arts is evident throughout the community.

The University of Northern Iowa offers a prestigious Art Department and is a testament to art dedication not only through the curriculum, but in the performing centers and exhibitions as well. The Kamerick Art Building, Gallagher Bluedorn, Strayer-Wood Theater and Russell Hall are just a few of the

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state-of-the-art facilities on UNI’s campus. The University also takes pride in their art incubator, which is a program that enables regional artists to produce commissioned public art pieces. Tom Stancliffe, an art professor at UNI explains that he sees the incubator as “providing regional artists with fabrication assistance, space and resources within the Art Department as they produce their commissioned public art projects. Participating artists would work directly with faculty, technical staff and students to fabricate their artwork using our well-equipped facilities and expertise.” Most public art pieces are sculptures that require large-scale space and an area for storage, and that is exactly what the incubator provides. Stancliffe had envisioned the idea of a public art incubator at

UNI for quite some time, and in 2011 that dream became a reality. He sees the incubator as benefiting the external arts community while engaging UNI students as collaborators with professional artists. “It’s not a bad message to convey to students that they can make a living doing art. I see this as a winwin situation for everyone involved- artists, students and the university.” The skills acquired from the University of Northern Iowa’s Art Department and the incubator are an inspiring symbol of what could be in many other universities, or even high schools if built on a smaller scale. Another community organization that understands the importance of the arts is the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Hearst

The Hearst Center for the Arts

Your door to the humanities and fine arts Center for the Arts is adjacent to the University of Northern Iowa on Seerley Boulevard in the historic home of James and Meryl Hearst. James Hearst was born on August 8, 1900. He published over 600 poems, 12 books of poetry, several books of prose, and an autobiography in his lifetime. James also published work in well-known periodicals such as New York Times, Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal, among many others. James and his wife Meryl even hosted literary icons Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost. Upon Hearst’s death in 1983 he bequeathed an endowment to the University of Northern Iowa. He named it the Meryl Norton Hearst Endowed Chair. The Hearst Center currently boasts a

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Valuable workshops in painting, pottery, jewelry-making and more permanent collection that includes works from local and regional artists. In addition to gallery space, the center offers classes, hosts traveling exhibits, presents performances and maintains an outdoor sculpture garden. Through these unique exhibits and classes, members of all ages can be subjected to the rich history of the Hearst’s life and the advantages of art promotion. James Hearst helped to create a solid foundation for the arts and now the center continues to open doors to the creative arts and humanities for the future. Businesses in the area have begun to help endorse the arts as well. For example, Veridian Credit Union is a local bank and credit union whose annual ArtShare event is designed to increase the awareness of

Outstanding art work and exhibitions from local and regional artists young artists in the community. Each year, select Veridan branches display artwork created by local high school students, including paintings, drawings, pho-

“It’s not a bad message to convey to students that they can make a living doing art. I see this as a winwin situation for everyone involvedartists, students and the university” tography, jewelry, pottery and sculptures. Each piece of artwork is selected by the school’s art department leaders and is professionally matted and framed for

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display. “Artshare gives us a chance to recognize and celebrate the talents of local student artists, says Veridan’s Central Iowa Regional Manager, Shelly McGill. “By displaying the art on our branch walls, we’re giving the students a public forum and sharing our appreciation of their work with our members.” This year, the Waterloo location displayed artwork created by Expo Alternative, Columbus, Waterloo West, Waterloo East and Valley Lutheran high school students. Samra Dizorevic, a ninth grade student from Waterloo West, was an ArtShare participant and finds art to be not only a hobby, but a possible future career. “I have been interested in art ever since I was little because I realized it was something I was good at. My favorite things

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”Art is definitely important, especially to me because I plan to continue doing art in college and use it in a career- maybe doing something like graphic design or 3-D art.” to draw and paint are faces and different types of facial features,” she says. “Art is definitely important, especially to me because I plan to continue doing art in college and use it in a career- maybe doing something like graphic design or 3-D art.” Programs like Artshare help students recognize their talents and bring light to the importance of the arts.

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Whether it is a child fingerpainting, a university student working on a commissioned project or an adult learning to make a clay pot for the first time, at the heart of every work of art we find the same passion that drove Picasso’s brush and Michelangelo’s carvings. Without the arts, schools operate in black and white. There is no room for personal expression. No drive.

Financial constraints pose problems, but other ways of dealing with this issue are needed, rather than simply cutting out art education. Studies have shown the benefits for students and it is clear that the arts should not have to fight for a seat in the classroom.

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