Wordy Wednesdays


On Wednesdays, we look at artist/designer statements or About pages and discuss the vocabulary they use to describe their work. Today we’ll look at the Bio/About page of Lin-Manuel Miranda, a composer, lyricist, and performer. Below is a clip of him starring in Hamilton, a play he wrote, composed for, and acted in. Here is part of the … Continue reading Wordy Wednesdays

Let’s Talk Tuesdays


On Tuesdays, we watch talks or interviews with artists and designers and discuss how to present our work clearly and with confidence. This week we’ll hear from actress Sally Wingert at the Guthrie Theater. As you watch this interview, consider these questions: Does the artist speak clearly and with confidence? Does she use gestures and … Continue reading Let’s Talk Tuesdays

Video Mondays


On Mondays, we look at videos of art critiques, interviews, and resource demos. Today we’ll discuss a short montage clip of Miss Saigon, a famous musical based on the opera Madame Butterfly. I’ll ask three questions for you to reply to in the comments, and then I’ll share the answers on Facebook during Friday Live! At … Continue reading Video Mondays

Thursdays in Review


On Thursdays, we read reviews or news stories about art or design and study the language used to describe them. This week’s review discusses the National Theatre production of The Great Wave, written by Francis Turley. Here are the first three paragraphs from Variety, in italics. It’s nothing if not timely: Francis Turnly’s epic international mystery … Continue reading Thursdays in Review

Wordy Wednesdays


On Wednesdays, we look at artist statements or design philosophy statements and discuss the best vocabulary to describe an artwork or design. Today we look at stage actor Josh Davis, who is currently playing Javert in the North American tour of Les Misérables. He also does voice-over work, so I’ve included some text from that page … Continue reading Wordy Wednesdays

Let’s Talk Tuesdays


On Tuesdays, we watch talks and interviews with artists and discuss how to present our work clearly and with confidence.  This week we’ll look at an interview with Michael Arden, the stage director of Once on This Island, voted best show of 2017 by Broadway.com. As you watch this interview, consider these questions: Does he speak clearly and … Continue reading Let’s Talk Tuesdays