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Art is a very big part of our lives today Some people do not realize how often they are exposed to art For example teenagers go watch movies almost every weekend Some of them however do not think about movies as being art Art includes everything from movies to paintings to Broadway musicals Therefore art has been an important part of peoples lifestyle for many years There were many artists during the Great Depression Many artists from the Great Depression era are still remembered today for their work during that period of time One of these artists was Grant Wood an American painter best known for his work depicting the scenes and the people of Iowa Grant Wood was born on February 131891 His Quaker parents raised him on a small farm near Anamosa Iowa They lived there for several years Grant liked art even when he lived on the farm at Anamosa but everyone thought that he would grow up to be a farmer When Grant was ten years old his father died Grants mother knew she could not care for the farm by herself As a result Grants mother moved him his two brothers and his sister to Cedar Rapids Grant lived most of his teenage years in this city While he was there Grant worked odd jobs after school to help support his mother and sister While he was in high school he worked on several art projects These projects included designing scenery for school plays and drawing pictures for the yearbook After he graduated in 1910 he taught art made jewelry took art classes learned carpentry decorated houses and cared for his mother and sister After high school he enrolled at the Minneapolis School of Design and Handicraft He studied with the leader of the arts and crafts movement in America Ernest Batchelder He taught Grant many things he needed to know about art He also studied at the Chicago
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