The Sight & Insight Podcast

Sight and Insight - An Art Education

April 30, 2018

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Join Connie, David and Judy for their fifth podcast as they discuss the pros and cons of art education

With more than 50 years of painting experience between them, and some 25 years of teaching, David and Connie have teamed up to offer their Sight and Insight to help you become a better painter.

What kind of art education will help you? Gertrude Fiske spent seven years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston, to throughly ground herself in her chosen subject; Polly Thayer dropped out in her second year because she felt it wasn't helping her do what she wanted to do. A. T. Hibbard split seven years between the Mass Normal Art School and the SMFA. So what does a student of the arts really need to know? Tune in a hear what the Magnificent Three have to say, and see if you agree. If you don’t, let them know. Discussion of the arts is a wonderful thing; stimulating and motivating. Let’s have more of it.


Charles Gleyre, (1806-1874) Lost Illusions,c. 1865-67, o/c 34.1 x 39.3, The Louvre, Paris

“Color and design together,” David says, “can create emotional feelings to the viewer,” but how to find the right color and the right design? That where Sight and Insight comes in…!

Or, as Leonardo said:


Many are they who have a taste and love for drawing, but no talent; and this will be discernible in boys who are not diligent and never finish their drawings with shading.

The course of instruction for an artist (483-485).

483. The youth should first learn perspective, then the proportions of objects. Then he may copy from some good master, to accustom himself to fine forms. Then from nature, to confirm by practice the rules he has learnt. Then see for a time the works of various masters. Then get the habit of putting his art into practice and work." 

— Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci by Leonardo da Vinci

Chapter IX