Will AI Art Ruin Artists?

AI art has the potential to dramatically change the art world, but will AI’s impact be destructive for artists and their careers? Or will AI simply be another tool employed by artists? This video discusses an AI artwork by Jason Allen that won an award in a Colorado State Fair, and the implications that has […]

Self-Taught Artists You Haven’t Heard Of

This video discusses a range of self-taught artists from art history and contemporary art to provide greater visibility to these artists. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Jordan McCracken-Foster & Lauryn Welch. Video Walkthrough Bill Traylor started making art from discarded pieces of cardboard he found in his neighborhood when he […]

Queer Artists You Haven’t Heard Of

This video discusses queer artists from art history and contemporary art. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch & Alex Rowe. Video Walkthrough Some people might regard Greer Lankton‘s pieces as sculpture, but she was […]

How to Start Learning Contemporary Art

Where do you start to learn about contemporary art? This video provides concrete ways you can get a better sense of what’s happening in the art world today. Resources like contemporary artist documentaries, online publications, arts writers, apps, contemporary art museum exhibitions, biennials, art fairs, and more are all terrific ways to get a comprehensive […]

Overrated & Underrated Artists 6

Why are some artists overrated, while others are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated and 3 examples of underrated artists. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch & Deepti Menon. Video Walkthrough Caravaggio […]

Overrated & Underrated Artists 5

Why are some artists overrated, while others are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated and 3 examples of underrated artists. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough Why […]

Ageism in the Art World

Ageism is prominent in all parts of the art world: in the gallery scene, in academia, on social media, and more. This video explores the ageism that occurs, referring to experiences shared by many artists in the field. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Deepti Menon. Video Walkthrough […]

Sexism in the Art World

This video is a discussion about sexism experienced by artists in the art world. Sexism impacts many areas of the art world: in academia, in galleries, museums, and more. Stories from personal experiences and public events that involve sexism are explained by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Deepti Menon. Video […]

Racism in the Art World

Racism exists in all areas of the art world, it is experienced in museums, in art history, art school, art education, professional art industries and more. This video is a discussion which recognizes racism in visual arts and offers some ways how we as artists can work towards a more equitable field. Stories from their […]

Building a Career as an Arts Writer

Learn the nuts and bolts of a career as an arts writer. Arts writers write about many topics: they review contemporary art exhibitions, current events in the art world, and more. Many arts writers write for several publications, find out about what arts writers are looking for in their articles and what their experiences are […]

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Hear Prof Lieu and Lauryn’s reactions to the film The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, focusing specifically on Louis Wain’s cat drawings. This video explores the many facets of Louis Wain’s career as an artist. Discussed are Wain’s inspiration from cats, the popularity of his images, the distribution of them, as well as how his […]

How to Start Learning Art History

Get concrete tips on how to get started learning art history in an accessible manner that is fun and easily done at your own pace. With so many centuries of artworks from cultures across the globe, how do you even know where to begin? This video provides strategies for how to tailor your learning experience […]

Overrated & Underrated Artists 4

Why are some artists overrated, while others are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated artists, and 3 examples of underrated artists. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough […]

“Bad” Backgrounds in Art

What makes a “bad” background? This video shows a broad range of backgrounds in fine art, TV shows, and more. We share the opinions of several artists as to why the backgrounds are effective or not. The opinion of each artist on the backgrounds then stimulates a discussion on why a specific composition in a […]

Overrated & Underrated Artists 3

Why are some artists overrated, while some are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated artists, and 3 examples of underrated artists, explaining the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Jordan McCracken-Foster. Video Walkthrough Spencer […]

How to Avoid Art Clichés

This video explains what is an art cliché, and how to avoid creating artworks that will be perceived as being cliché. This discussion breaks down how to get past the cliché in order to create artworks that are more thought provoking and unique in their approach. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching […]

“Bad” ILLUSTRATIONS

What is a “bad” illustration? This video shows a broad range of illustrations, and the opinions of several artists as to why the artworks are effective or not. The thoughts of each artist on the illustrations then stimulates a discussion on why a specific illustration is successful or not. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara […]

Underrated & Overrated Artists 2

Why are some artists overrated, while some are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated artists, and 3 examples of underrated artists. We look at the reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Deepti Menon. Watch the […]

Hunter Biden’s Art Sale: Ethics & Politics

With the announcement that Hunter Biden is selling his artwork through New York City gallerist Georges Bergès, ethics concerns are being raised by both the art world and in politics. Each of Hunter Biden’s artworks will be priced between $75,000 and $500,000. Is his artwork any good? Should it be commanding these prices? Discussion led […]

“Bad” FIGURE Painting Compositions

What is a “bad” figure painting? This video shows a broad range of figurative paintings, and the opinions of several artists as to why the artworks are effective or not. The opinion of each artist on the figure composition then stimulates a discussion on why a specific figure painting is successful or not. Discussion led […]

Kitsch & Thomas Kinkaid

This video explores kitsch art, which is frequently seen as being “low brow” artwork that is for the masses and does not garner respect in the art world. Is all kitsch artwork inherently in poor taste? Explored are specific examples of kitsch artworks, with commentary on what makes a kitsch artwork effective, or not. Discussion […]

Underrated & Overrated Artists 1

Why are some artists overrated, while others are underrated? This video provides three examples of overrated artists, and three that are underrated. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Jordan McCracken-Foster. Watch the 3 […]

What is the Future of NFTs?

This video discusses the recent sale of Beeple’s NFT (Non-fungible token) at Christie’s for $69 million dollars. This sale was Christies’ first for an entirely digital artwork, and the first time Christie’s accepted payment in the cryptocurrency Ether. How does this event impact the art world today, and the future in terms of NFTs? Discussion […]

How Artists Avoid Cultural Appropriation

This video addresses how artists use cultural appropriation, and explores ownership of stories represented by visual artists. Topics covered include what the difference is between representation and appropriation, the power of personal narratives, showing classic stories, and more. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough […]

“Bad” Abstract Painting Compositions

What is a “bad” abstract composition? This video shows a broad range of abstract paintings, and the opinions of several artists as to why the compositions are effective or not. The opinion of each artist on the abstract composition then stimulates a discussion on why a specific abstract composition is successful or not. Discussion led […]

Is it Wrong to Make Fan Art?

Fan Art is often where many young artists begin, but there’s a time and place for it, and inevitably copyright issues and ownership make it a more complicated subject. Read Iris Yip’s short article on the subject or watch Art Prof’s in depth video with Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Jordan McCracken-Foster. Fan art is […]