M. Curtis
A sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer, and poet, Michael Curtis has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for Creative Studies, and The National Gallery of Art; his pictures and statues are housed in over 400 private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Supreme Court; he has made statues of presidents, generals, Supreme Court Justices, captains of industry and national heroes, including Davey Crockett, General Eisenhower, and Justice Thurgood Marshall; his relief and medals are especially fine, they include, among others, presidents Truman and Reagan, Justice John Marshall, George Washington, and, his History of Texas, containing over one-hundred figures, is the largest American relief sculpture of the 20th Century; his monuments and memorials, buildings and houses, including The New American Home, 2011, are found coast-to-coast; his plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over 30 journals (Trinacria, Society of Classical Poets, Expansive Poetry, et cetera), and his most recent nonfiction books are, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion (The Studio Press), and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C. (The History Press); his most recent book of verse is, Modern Art: An Exhibition of Criticism (National Civic Art Society); Mr. Curtis is the Common Sense Society's Artist-in-Residence. Other sites where Mr. Curtis can be found: The Classical Artist (art, architecture, and design), The Studio Press (essays and books – fiction and exposition, verse and prose).
Arts and Crafts Tradition

Arts and Crafts Tradition

  ... The Arts and Crafts Tradition in a God-Centered Universe : Useful in the everyday, beautiful in the homemade way, America in the period of Arts & Crafts continued the traditions of mothers and fathers before.  We were then a self-reliant people because...

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Craftsman House Plan

Craftsman House Plan

Craftsman HOUSE PLAN INTRODUCTION : The Craftsman house is the American expression of the international Arts & Crafts Movement.  For the most part, the Arts & Crafts has been a critique of industry, a fealty to tradition, a continuation of handicraft from the...

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The Arts and Crafts

The Arts and Crafts

... The Arts and Crafts Aesthetic 19th, 20th, 21st Centuries   Look at your hands.  What do they tell.  Are the cuticles cracked or torn, scarred from dryness and use.  Are there scars from sharp slivers.  Is some piece of hand missing by favor of a blunt tool,...

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The Craftsman

The Craftsman

  Great nations write their autobiography in three manuscripts: the book of their words, the book of their deeds, and the book of their art.  Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the other two, but of the three, the only one quite trustworthy...

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The Craftsman House

The Craftsman House

... The Arts & Crafts and The Craftsman House : Few remember the 1876 Philadelphia World’s Exposition, the “International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine”, though the exposition enjoyed 10 million visitors from 37-plus...

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McGuffey Readers

McGuffey Readers

... Reading McGuffey and McGuffey Readers   Two years before our nation’s declaration of independence (1774), the Scots-Irish McGuffeys made the crossing, arriving in Philadelphia when Benj. Franklin was in London petitioning our king … you know the cause.  Soon,...

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Log House Plan

Log House Plan

... Log House Plan Introduction : We first learn of the log cabin from Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, architect to Augustus Caesar) in his book, De architectura, “Of architecture” (1st Century A.D.).  Vitruvius describes the houses of Pontus (Turkey) as dwellings...

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Log Houses

Log Houses

... American Log Houses, Considered : If you listen to your imagination, you will hear biting axe-strikes echoing through the woods.  This the collective consciousness of a nation carved from wilderness.  True, for thousands of years the native peoples burned the...

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The Log Cabin

The Log Cabin

... The American Log Cabin, its Symbols and Forms : We first learn of the log cabin from Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, architect to Augustus Caesar) in his book, De architectura, “Of architecture” (1st Century A.D.).  Vitruvius describes the houses of Pontus...

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Appleseed Cabins

Appleseed Cabins

... Appleseed Cabins and Necessary Johnny Details: : John Chapman, “Johnny Appleseed” was born near Leominster, Massachusetts, 1774.  He was the second child of Nathaniel Chapman, patriot soldier who fought with George Washington.  Circa 1780, Johnny met John Young,...

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