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How one artist’s viral virtual art class is helping kids around the world

Individual ingenuity has become a hallmark of the pandemic with artists producing an array of creative in-person and virtual innovations.

January 21, 2022

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The Art of Paying Attention

In an invitation to slow down and look at the world around you, graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton illustrates how drawing can spark deeply human, authentic connections.

September 23, 2021

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Wendy MacNaughton’s Drawing Lessons

The artist Wendy MacNaughton handed me a pencil and a sheet of white paper and gave me simple instructions: Keep my pencil on the paper and my eyes on her face.

February 3, 2022

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8 to 3: It’s a tough time to be a kid. Art can help

In March 2020, when it became clear that San Francisco public schools would most certainly close, Wendy MacNaughton panicked alongside her friends who had kids.

October 11, 2021

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The Art of Paying Attention

Think back to your childhood, specifically your elementary school art class. When you finished creating something, how did that make you feel?

November 29, 2021

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“Draw Together” Art Class Helps Kids and Parents during Crisis

Many parents who are now unexpectedly homeschooling their children are finding it to be a challenge.

April 24, 2020

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Finding The Good

As we venture into the second month of a global pandemic, we’ve continued to be amazed by the good that still exists out there.

April 25, 2020

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With schools closed, kids all over the world "draw together" in SF illustrator's free daily lessons

When San Francisco-based illustrator Wendy MacNaughton started hosting online daily drawing classes for kids stuck at home, she thought it was going to be a short series: a few minutes a day for five days, that’s about it.

April 27, 2020

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Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton hosts free virtual art classes for kids...

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton hosts free virtual art classes for kids of all ages on Instagram Live.

April 27, 2020

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A 5-Day Wellness Retreat Inside a Studio Apartment

IG Live art class with Wendy MacNaughton. Every weekday at 10 a.m. PT, @wendymac does a live art class.

April 28, 2020

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In Other News

Wendy MacNaughton, Times journalist and illustrator behind Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, is partnering with Make The Road NY to bring art supplies to underserved children in Queens and Brooklyn.

April 29, 2020

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14 Fun Things to Do at Home

Donate to artist Wendy MacNaughton’s nonprofit #DrawTogether, which aims to distribute art kits to kids during shelter in place.

May 03, 2020

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Wendy Macnaughton’s #DrawTogether brings art (and needed supplies) to kids

When people were asked to stay at home as much as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wendy Macnaughton wanted to do something to help relieve the fear and anxiety so many people are feeling.

May 04, 2020

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San Francisco illustrator Wendy Mac teaches kids how to draw

Wendy Mac is a San Francisco-based illustrator. When the COVID-19 outbreak caused schools to close, she knew kids would need structure for learning, and, perhaps more importantly, a creative outlet for their emotions during a strange time.

May 12, 2020

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Experts Share Tips On How To Relax During The Pandemic

Clinical assistant professor of psychiatry Dr. Jean Kim and artist Wendy MacNaughton answer listener questions about ways to relax during the pandemic.

May 19, 2020

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In Case of Emergency, Make Art

Hand a kid colored pencils and the trepidation and confusion of the coronavirus pandemic transmutes into striped penguins.

May 30, 2020

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Meet the illustrator holding virtual drawing classes for kids

The 3rd hour of TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones talks to illustrator Wendy MacNaughton to learn more about her live drawing class that she’s been offering on Instagram.

June 15, 2020

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The ultimate parents’ guide to summer activity resources

The 3rd hour of TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones talks to illustrator Wendy MacNaughton to learn more about her live drawing class that she’s been offering on Instagram.

June 17, 2020

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Slowing Down to Forge Deeper Connections

When beloved illustrator Wendy MacNaughton was growing up, her grandmother showed her around museums and the city.

March 10, 2022

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Brief But Spectacular: Wendy MacNaughton

San Francisco native Wendy MacNaughton is a NYT best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist. Watch her give her #BriefButSpectacular take on ‘Illustrated Documentary.’

April 05, 2016