inspired concept.

October 13, 2009

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this morning, while preparing an elementary art lesson plan, i was reading up on michelangelo.  introducing k-5 to the world’s greatest painter, sculptor, and artchitect is no small task… making it relatable is even more challenging. 

it was unintentional motivation to be reminded of this 16th century genius’ single greatest love; the human body.  he deemed it remarkable, beautiful and the only thing worth reproducing.  we’re so fortunate to see his idea manifest. 

vasari, one of michelangelo’s students, better known for his book Lives of the Artists, wrote of michelangelo’s architectural drawings, “he was able to render our habitations secure and commodious, healthy and cheerful, well proportioned, and enriched with the varied ornaments of art.”  i want to live there… don’t you?

art is a big source of inspiration over here in our small studio.  sometimes we forget how accessible it is; we are quite literally surrounded by galleries and museums.  jada schumacher, professor of art and design at Stout, and my pal since the second grade, invited me along to a lecture at mcad yesterday.  the topic was, “From Working Girls to Girls Night Out,” given by Elizabeth Armstrong, local curator of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It was a wonderful tour through current women photographers.  as we left the lecture, jada and i noted the overlap in curating an exhibit the way elizabeth does and the way in which filmakers, artists and even designers are most successful when a singular idea or concept is played through to create a complete show, movie, painting or space. 

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amazing to me that in 24 short hours, in the middle of the midwest, i’ve taken a walk through the 21st century to the 16th in order to be reminded of the importance of staying inspired and following one good idea.  michelangelo followed one good idea for 4 years and 7 months.  it nearly broke him, but where would we be without the sistine chapel?  i’m glad he took the time. 

For more information on the exhibit at the Women’s Art Institude follow this link: . 

To see how hauthaus follows a good idea, follow this link:

thanks for reading!   -holly

One Response to “inspired concept.”

  1. it is so great to be reminded that we ARE surrounded by amazing art in our little city. Holly thanks for the lovely blog!!

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