The Best of #Instavangogh

As Van Gogh Repetitions winds down, so too does our #instavangogh competition. We were blown away by the creativity, enthusiasm, and fun people had with our beard cutouts modeled after the Postman Joseph Roulin. Here’s just a few of our favorites.

These irresistibly cuddly pets who sent our cute-o-dometers off the charts:

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Clockwise from top left: submissions from @melissajosefina, @spanuska, @louisvuittonlvoer, and @LindleyThornburg

These creative thinkers who took their beards one step further than most; students from the Nysmith School in Virginia created their own colorful versions, and the folks from the Auberge Ravoux, van Gogh’s last home, sent #instavangogh greetings from across the ocean.

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left: submission from @nysmithschool, right: submission from @christianjosi

Participant @marklindamood, who van Gogh-ified van Gogh himself:

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Submissions from @marklindamood

These couples who were split between excitement and annoyance toward the photo opp:

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Left: submission from @virginiahewitt, right: submission from @cassusmith

These die-hard fans who pulled out all of the van Gogh stops:

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Left: submission from @vtlinda, right: submission from @bosley_lisa

These commendable feats of coordination, each interpreting his or her repetition in a unique way:

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Left: submission from @ejshuq, Right: submission from @amandaduchemin

Check out the rest of the submissions on our #Instavangogh Pinterest board, and don’t miss your chance to see the exhibition before it closes this Sunday, February 2!

 

Teachers Unite! Summer Institute 2013

On August 15th and 16th, seventeen teachers from our DCPS and DCPCS partner schools attended Art Links Summer Institute, a series of professional development workshops designed to gear up for the new school year. After two jam-packed days of arts-integrated workshops and conversations, we’re left with some awesome photographic evidence and excitement for the year to come!

During Summer Institute teachers participated in hands-on art making workshops, shared ideas about how to incorporate the arts into their classrooms, and explored the galleries. Photos: Natalie Mann

During Summer Institute teachers participated in hands-on art making workshops, shared ideas about how to incorporate the arts into their classrooms, and explored the galleries. Photos: Natalie Mann

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Teachers responded to The Migration Series using only colored pencils and collage materials. One teacher was particularly struck by all of the space in Lawrence’s Panel No. 47 while the other was intrigued by the hope represented in the blue outside the window. Photos: Rachel Goldberg

 

The program culminated with a supplies giveaway. Here you see the bounty of supplies offered, teachers eagerly selecting those that they need more for their classrooms, and the aftermath.  Photos: Natalie Mann

The program culminated with a supplies giveaway. Here you see the bounty of supplies offered, teachers eagerly selecting those that they need most for their classrooms, and the aftermath. Photos: Natalie Mann

Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach and Family Programs

Natalie Mann, School, Outreach and Family Programs Coordinator

Blossoming Young Artists

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Student art displayed in a conference room for judging. Photo: Natalie Mann

Recently, I was honored to represent the Phillips as a judge of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest. This year, according to the contest guidelines,  students were asked to address the theme of “treating the blossoms with care and an appreciation of nature.” As one of three judges, I had the pleasure of looking over hundreds of projects created by students from all over D.C., but was also charged with the difficult task of selecting just three finalists from each of four age groups. Now you can cast your vote to help select the overall contest winner on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website or at Union Station. And I strongly encourage you to support these blossoming young artists by checking out the work on display in the Community Art Show at Union Station from April 1–14!

Natalie Mann, School, Outreach, and Family Programs Coordinator