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Natalie C. Jones (February)
Each month, a different member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. Natalie C. Jones is an artist, small business owner, and the director of education at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She has 10 years of experience working as an art teacher and teaching artist throughout the east coast and the Midwest. Click "GO" to read her full bio.



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August 30, 2020


By Glenda Lubiner

As we start to get a bit older (at least chronologically) most of us start to make a bucket list. One thing on my bucket list is to visit Greece, as looks beautiful and a great place to do some watercolor paintings. But, do any of you have an art bucket list? Is there art or architecture you want to see, or even art techniques you’d like to learn. When I started art school I was hooked on printmaking. And then, the inevitable happened.  I moved from Montreal to California and the university that excepted all my credits offered every class but printmaking! Over the years, I’ve been a printmaker, a painter, a weaver, an art therapist, and an art teacher. So, what does all this have to do with my bucket list, you ask? There are so many things I’d like to see and learn that relate to art.

First, I’d love to learn how to do encaustic paintings…the old-fashioned way, the way it was done during the Greco-Roman period. Those paintings look so realistic, especially for that time-period (the women wore fabulous jewelry so that of course adds to the paintings). I’d also like to learn how to do glass blowing. When I attended San Jose State, so many amazing art classes were offered, but I did not take advantage of taking the glass blowing class. And last, but not least, I’d love to become a great illustrator.

I would like to go back to China and see the Terra Cotta Warriors and the beautiful mountains that are represented on so many Chinese scrolls. The Taj Mahal and India’s Sanchi Stupa, along with all the other ancient temples in India are also on that list. Not only do I want to visit Spain to see the ancient city of Toledo, as I am in love with El Greco’s rendering of the city, but I want to see ALL the architecture by Gaudi.

If you haven’t made you art bucket list yet, it’s time to start!

Have a great school year everyone!!

Artfully yours,

- GL


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