Who ARTed tells the story of art history in terms that anyone can understand. Kyle Wood is a National Board Certified Teacher with over a decade of experience breaking things down so even the youngest learners can understand. Each episode focuses on a different work of art giving the background on the artist followed by a deeper dive analyzing a specific masterpiece. As a strong believer in equity and democratic principals, Kyle presents diverse artists in different stages of their careers on equal footing. Episodes may feature anyone from local, emerging artists to the traditional heavy hitters from the Western canon. This series helps listeners consider the merits of all artists and works ranging from traditional paintings and drawings to the culinary arts or even music videos as performance art. There is great art all around us and the Who ARTed podcast seeks to help everyone learn a little more and develop a greater appreciation for art in all its forms.
Full episodes come out on Monday mornings and on Friday mornings, check for Fun Fact Friday mini episodes with different interesting stories and surprising bits of science in the arts. Who ARTed can also make for a great resource for the classroom. As an elementary teacher, Kyle Wood keeps each episode clean and appropriate for all ages and fellow art teachers can find helpful resources including a virtual podcast gallery at www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com
Fun Fact Friday- Blue
This is a part of my series of fun fact Friday mini episodes about different colors. This week you can learn a bit about the history of different pigments used to create blue in artworks. For a long time, blue pigment was more valuable than gold. Blue pigments were so labor intensive and expensive that some prominent artists like Michelangelo were said to have left some paintings unfinished because they could not afford more blue paint.
While we see blue all around us in the sky, the water, even people's eyes, blue pigments are relatively rare in nature. There is no blue pigment in people's eyes, just as the sky does not have blue pigment. Blue eyes, and the blue of the sky are just optical illusions produced by the shorter wavelengths of light scattering more readily through the gasses in earth's atmosphere or in the case of blue eyes, the way the light scatters through the fluid in the stroma of the iris.
As always, you can find more at www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com
Marcus Bromander is one of the co-creators and co-designers of the extremely popular game, Among Us. For this episode, I spoke with Jeff Arndt, a fellow art teacher, about Bromander and his work.
Although Among Us is an online game, it was actually inspired by Bromander's love of a game he played with his friends in real life when he was growing up. The social aspects of gaming have become particularly important during the global pandemic making Among Us a perfect game for this time as it has allowed for people to maintain connection with friends while social distancing.
As always you can learn a bit more at www.whoartedpodcast.com
Fun Fact Friday - Green
Remember the voting in round 1 of the Arts Madness tournament will begin Monday, March 1. Visit www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com for more information.
This week's Fun Fact Friday mini episode is about the color green. Learn a little more about associations with the color green as well as sources of green in nature, in food and a surprising fact about green eyes.
The first round of the Arts Madness 2021 tournament will begin March 1. Voters can select which is better in a series of head to head matchups as a field of 64 diverse artists gets narrowed down to 1 ultimate champion. Go to www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com to see the brackets and pick your favorite. One person who correctly predicts the winner will get a prize and more importantly, bragging rights.
For this week's episode I talked with Chuck Hoff about Joe Mills. Joe is an artist based out of Chicago and both Chuck and I were lucky enough to work with him years ago.
Joe Mills was born in Kentucky but he came to Illinois for college. He studied industrial design at the University of Illinois and after college, he worked as a toy designer. A big turning point in his artistic development came when he moved to Australia in 2010. While in Australia, he missed his adopted home town of Chicago and he began creating work based on the city he loves. That Chicago themed work came to be his signature. Over the years he has captured many different subjects, but he focuses on his passions whether it is the city and the culture of communities around Chicago, or figures from pop culture. Mills creates work that is both meticulous and whimsical. He has the precision of an industrial designer combined with the creative and aesthetically pleasing style of a fine artist.
For this episode we discussed his Chicago Factory piece to discuss. You can find the image and more at www.whoartedpodcast.com
Fun Fact Friday - Yellow
Voting for the Arts Madness tournament will begin March 1. Right now, you can check out all 64 artists and enter your prediction to win at www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com
This week's fun fact Friday mini episode is all about the color yellow. The ancient Egyptians associated yellow with gold, and gold was symbolic of the gods and the eternal. Consequently, they used quite a bit of yellow to decorate their tombs. Of course just as with orange, the yellow pigment favored by the Egyptians contained arsenic so kind of ironic as a connection to immortality and yet perfect for the decoration of a tomb.
Announcement: This year I will once again be hosting an Arts Madness tournament inviting people to vote on a series of head to head matchups narrowing the field from 64 down to 1. The tournament will start March 1, but you can go to www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com right now to look at the brackets, see the artists/works and make your prediction about who will win.
For this episode I sat down with my good friend David Pittman to talk about the amazing work of Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes. Duff Goldman is a culinary artist well known for his incredible artistry with cakes. He is part baker, part sculptor, part painter but definitely one amazing artist. His actual name is Jeffery Goldman, but his brother mispronounced it as Duffy and the name stuck. Throughout his life, Duff moved around to different parts of the country: Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts, California, Maryland but no matter where he was his love for cooking and his incredible work ethic remained constant. Because Duff is a celebrity baker it seemed only fitting that the episode focus on discussion of a piece from one of his shows, so we discussed the Bollywood inspired elephant cake from the competition between Duff and Buddy, another celebrity baker.
As always you can find more at www.whoartedpodcast.com