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About Teaching and Learning at the Same Time

Peonies with Sliced Apple, by Carla Anglada

I have started teaching middle school art. My classes are full of characters that give me many stories to tell (with no names, of course). I absolutely love it and can’t wait to share with them what I know.
Oh, if you have any great lesson or project ideas, please, send them my way.
At this time, all my students are working on one sculpture for El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Each class is creating a part of the sculpture of paper mache skulls and color tissue paper flowers. It will be part of an exhibit at the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City starting October 22nd. I hope you come to see it. I will post more details of the event later.

Because I am a new teacher, I have lots of catch-up work to do. This has limited my painting time to almost zero. But now that I am getting a tad bit more comfortable, I look forward to learning from an artist whose work I have admired since I walked into the JRB and spotted one of her 8”x10” master paintings that seemed to light the wall on which it hung.
Carla Anglada is inspired by chiaroscuro artists such as Artemesia Gentileschi and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. This admiration is apparent in her work which shows the richness and depth of the chiaroscuro style.

Lirios de Taos, by Carla Anglada

About the learning part: I cannot sleep waiting to attend an oil painting workshop given by Carla at the beginning of October. Please, let me know if you would also like to attend.

The Orange, by Carla Anglada

Below is some information taken from her bio on the JRB website. You can view more of her light filled work on the JRB website or the Brazos Fine Art Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, but I suggest you visit either gallery in person and experience for yourself the warm glow emitted by her work.

This native of Nevada, moved to Oklahoma City where she attended Oklahoma City University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She then moved to Taos studied at the University of New Mexico, the Taos Institute of Arts and the Fechin Institute. Carla has studied with several master artists including David Leffel, Michelle Cooke, Sherrie McGraw, and forensic artist, Betty Pat Gatliff. For two years, she worked extensively with Louis Tedesco in his studio, learning about the Chiaroscuro method used by Rembrandt, Artemesia Gentileschi, and Caravaggio.

Anglada’s work can be found in private collections in Washington, DC, Florida, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and New York. Her work has been featured in the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Three Women Show, the St. Michaels Art Exhibition, the Clinton Art Exhibition, and the Contemporary Art Gallery Spring Show. She received the Oklahoma Art Guild Annual Spring Show Award in 2003 and the Chardin Award from the Guild’s 2003 Annual Fall Show.


  1. Welcome back!
    Congratulations on your classes, hope you enjoy them the most...
    Best regards,

  2. Loving these paintings, especially the top one - such warm beautiful colours

  3. Congrats on your new teaching gig...thankfully the prep time gets less as you go! An wow that's a lot of students!
    Enjoy your workshop, and when you have time, tell us about it!

  4. Wow-teaching art? I'm very impressed. I bet your students love you! I'll have to see if I have any ideas....I've alwasy dreamed of teaching arts/crafts but on a smaller scale. Like an after school activity.

  5. Oh don't I wish I could join you for that class. [big sigh with faraway look in my eyes] I love your new teaching gig. I'll enjoy reading future stories about your life with 196 "characters" soon to be artist's in the making. I would have loved to have as my art teacher when I was a kid.

    Carla is amazing. I'm green in a good way that you get to study under her. =]

  6. lovely paintings, so warm and vibrant.


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