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Young female Kestrel

From Bird of the Day: I thought this Kestrel was being unusually cooperative, until I found out that she was a juvenile. She just didn’t know any better. I wasn’t bothering her, so she just ignored me.

What is an Atelier, and how do you say it?

From 1985 through 1989 I studied drawing and painting with a community of painters in Minneapolis, that presented themselves and their methods as an Atelier. Atelier is French for studio. Each master artist in the community took a small number (six to a dozen) of students under their tutelage. These close, intimate groups would study and work together until the students had learned the skills that they needed and moved on. I joined Atelier Wicker/Howell. Cyd Wicker and Wayne Howell shared this endeavor jointly. I know, they could have called it Studio Wicker/Howell, but Atelier is much more cosmopolitan, and their heritage that dictates the usage and their style comes from the French Academy and art studios of the 19th century. Atelier is pronounced  at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey.

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