About: Paula Rucker

I've taught at Canterbury Avenue Elementary for the past nine years, following a 17-year career as a corporate tax attorney. My participation in the Arts and Language Arts Program at the Getty has helped me to realize how truly valuable arts integration is for student learning and for my own personal growth.

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Art Education Isn’t Just for Kids

Untitled life-drawing sketch / Paula Rucker

I’ve always appreciated art, but creating art never seemed like something I could do. Creating a drawing or painting was what talented people did, not me. Professionally, I first became involved in art 10 years ago when I left the… More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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