How Art Teaches Us to Embrace the Discomfort of Vulnerability with Dr. Jamie English
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by Cindy Ingram
5M ago
In this episode, Dr. Jamie English, a licensed professional counselor who specializes in body acceptance, and I engage in a deep exploration of two artworks side-by-side: Self-Portrait Naked with my Mother II by Chantal Joffe and The Opening by Aleah Chapin. Both artworks are featured in my new book, Art Is About Being Whole: A Memoir. The conversation delves into body image, vulnerability, and the relationship between a mother and daughter portrayed in the art. We analyze the body language, symbolism, and emotions conveyed in each painting, drawing connections to personal experiences and soci ..read more
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The Sacredness, Duality, and Symbolism of Nature: A Exploration of Night with Madalyn Gregory
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by Cindy Ingram
5M ago
Before I transitioned the podcast to its new format as Art and Self with Cindy Ingram, some of my all-time favorite episodes were the ones where I had captivating art conversations with my dear friend, Madalyn. We'd dive deep into a single piece, exploring its intricacies, and unraveling the layers that make art truly fascinating. The goal was to not just talk about art but to show the depth and complexity it holds, offering listeners a glimpse of the incredible possibilities within the world of art. It's all about the power of showing rather than telling—a theme that's been resonating with me ..read more
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How a Boring Textbook Transformed into a Courageous, Artistic Memoir with Heather Doyle Fraser
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by Cindy Ingram
6M ago
The creation of my new book, Art Is About Being Whole: A Memoir, was a pretty epic journey from start to finish. When I first started the book, it was going to be an art education book, but somewhere along the way, in both little and big moments, the book morphed into what it is now, which is a soulful, poetic, artistic exploration of not only the story of my growth but of the basic human emotions and experiences that so many of us share. I could not have ever created such a heart-wrenching and incredible work of art without the help of my amazing publisher and book coach, Heather Doyle Fraser ..read more
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A Soulful Glimpse Inside Art Is About Being Whole's 'The Two Fridas' Chapter
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by Cindy Ingram
6M ago
I'm excited to announce that my new book, Art Is About Being Whole: A Memoir, is now live and ready to buy! Click this link to get your copy. Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek into one of my favorite chapters! Okay, it’s tough to pick a favorite chapter of the book as each one took me on such an emotional journey, but my interpretation of Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas, in conjunction with my shame, social anxiety, and discovery of my power as a teacher holds a very special place both in my heart and in the development of this book.  In this special episode, I read both The Two F ..read more
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Growing with Progress: Ascending the Staircase of Self-Discovery with Carol LeBlanc
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by Cindy Ingram
6M ago
In this episode, I have the pleasure of welcoming my friend and colleage Carol LeBlanc from Love Your Numbers Now as my guest, and together, we dive into the thought-provoking artwork Grow With Progress by Erik Johansson. This surreal photograph depicting a woman ascending a staircase inspired a chapter in my upcoming book and it offers a powerful metaphor for personal growth, self-discovery, and the pursuit of wholeness. As Carol and I unpack the layers of meaning within the artwork, we explore essential themes like self-trust, shedding societal expectations, and embracing expansion. We draw ..read more
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Unveiling Our Hidden Artists: How We Ditched The Rules And Embraced Exploration with Margaret McDonald
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by Cindy Ingram
7M ago
In this episode, Margaret and I, both passionate art educators, open up about our own artistic journeys. We get real about the struggle of finding our artistic identities as teachers, grappling with imposter syndrome, of not being “good enough” or niched enough, and the “shoulds” that help us back from embracing our own art. But what we have found on the other end after letting all of that go is freedom of expression, the joy and satisfaction of making art for us and no one else, and the safety and nervous-system regulation that art provides us that we knew as children but forgot as we grew up ..read more
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Introducing Art Around the World in 30 Days - July 2023 - Day 1 - Parade by Mequitta Ahuja
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by Cindy Ingram
10M ago
  In the episode, I introduce the Art Around the World Series, invite you to explore the work of art on your own, discuss the many interpretations possible, share a little about the artist, tell a story about my own connection to it, share a compare/contrast opportunity, and give ideas for teaching it in your classroom!   Today's video is a little longer than the rest will be because I introduced the series at the beginning a little and had a very personal story about the artwork to share!   Sign up to receive email notifications for each featured artwork this month at https://a ..read more
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Geeking Out About Art Philosophy (Part 2) with Dr. Kate Wurtzel
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by Cindy Ingram
11M ago
After episode 117 with Kate Wurtzel, we realized we had been looking at a cropped image, and because of this we had more to say! In this episode, we have a blast geeking out about art philsophy, the idea of the artist as genius, the artist as a healer, following intuition, experimentation, and much more. I have so much fun talking to Kate again, and I hope you enjoy this conversation with her as much as I did ..read more
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Surviving Uncertainty and How to Pull It All Together with the Arts with Amanda Koonlaba
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by Cindy Ingram
1y ago
Amanda Koonlaba is a blogger and art teacher who has been running her blog “Party in the Art Room” for more than a decade. In this episode, Amanda and Cindy discuss One Woman Show by Celeste Rapone through our lenses as mothers, educators, and creatives. As former art teachers, we talk about the importance of arts integration and how art can help face uncertainty.  For links to all of the artworks featured as well as Amanda's contact links, head over to the shownotes at this link.  -- Want to connect? Join the Art Connection Circle Follow me on Facebook Follow me on Instagram Join m ..read more
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Word of the Year Update #5 - The Benefits of Knowing Yourself Plus Being on the Other Side of the Artist/Viewer Equation
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by Cindy Ingram
1y ago
I've been talking about it for a while, but I'm finally sharing my painting I made! In this episode, I talk about the vulnerable process of sharing and creating this painting as well as what benefits I get from knowing myself better. Click here to visit the shownotes to view my painting!  Get Involved Join the Art Connection Circle -- Now enrolling for summer sessions!  Art and Self on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube ..read more
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