Introduce Your Child to Art
Teaching children about art can begin early. Pay attention to your child’s enjoyment of color. Art museums are a wonderful way to introduce formal art to your child. Children approach their early daily lives with wide-eyed wonder. Art museums marry well with the childhood need to nourish their artistic interests.
Visiting An Art Museum
The choice of an art museum is important. A child’s anticipation of a visit to an art-filled environment for the first time Read the rest of this entry »
Children’s imagination can be limitless, but as parents we can always encourage and inspire them to develop their creativity even further. Keeping a stash of art supplies, both store bought and recycled from items used around the house is important, so that whenever the opportunity arises for fun, creative activities, we can take advantage of the moment without having to waste time to get materials together.
Sitting down with your child to draw or create Read the rest of this entry »
The creative freedom that finger painting provides attracts to children of all ages. Toddlers who are first exploring and developing sensory skills will enjoy the thrills of making a bright mess while older kids can begin discovering how colors change as they blend together. The gooey, slippery feel of paints and watching how their own little hands can bring various concepts to paper is a true growing experience.
Finger painting also lets children express their inner feelings Read the rest of this entry »
You ever see a piece of art that looked so good you wished you could have it?
It can happen to the best of us whether it’s at a yard sale, a public gallery or some high-end museum. You might have even read one of the previous posts and found something you wished you could have in your own collection.
You might be surprised to know that you don’t need to make the cover of Forbes or have some kind of crazy seven-figure income to be an art collector (though both can certainly help). The truth the upper echelon doesn’t want you to know is that anyone can be a collector.
There are just some Do’s and Don’ts.
- Make sure you have home insurance when collecting and stockpiling art. Do your research on various providers. Weigh the options, pit them against one another, geico vs the hartford, whatever. Point is you want that collection covered.
- Build the collection based on what you like, not what the hoity toity tell you is hot. Your collection is supposed to reflect you as a person. And, at the end of the day, you’re the one who has to live with it.
- Be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Frequent garage sales and university exhibits. You might find some great art at reasonable prices.
- Just collect art without knowing something about it. Only pretentious showoffs stock their homes with “celebrated” works they know absolutely nothing about.
It has been said that children are the most honest people on the planet — until we teach them how to lie. Innocence is tied up in the heart of a child, that is. There are no attempts at subterfuge, no doubts of self esteem. Children are just content and carefree and happy as can be.
That’s why their art certainly has a lot to teach us. Children are unique in that they have something that adults can never regain — that innocence. This allows them Read the rest of this entry »
A painter used to have a choice between oil paints and watercolor paints. Now, however, for those that preferred oils over watercolors, there are acrylic paints. Acrylics are applied with techniques similar to oils, but they come with a few distinct advantages.
Once dry, oils are very durable and they are even, to an extent, washable. So are acrylics. Though they take quite a while to dry, at least overnight, oils gave an artist the chance to change an effect like watercolor didn’t.
Acrylic paints allow for this as well with the Read the rest of this entry »
We owe much to Picasso, the famous artist who was born in Spain. His cubism and surrealistic style of painting, along with the invention of the collage, have been passed down through the years. Picasso painted with a passion; he was a natural at painting, although his father taught him everything he knew. Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 and lived a long life. He painted right up to his death at the age of 91 on April 8, 1973.
Picasso was the inspiration behind nearly every art movement during Read the rest of this entry »
Ever since the invention of the camera, art and technology have coexisted. Although, the concept of combining the two really hasn’t meant so much until only recently. The concept has become more popular among today’s artists through the use of Adobe’s own Photoshop and Illustrator programs. Infusing the technology of computer science with artistic thinking has produced some very amazing art. Artist/Professor, Bert Monroy for example; has taken an older medium like photography and added a twist to it by interpreting the photos he takes into “painted” works by using the Illustrator technique. Bert’s most Read the rest of this entry »
Art created in the eighteenth century seems to be the masterpieces we all strive to own or duplicate. With great artists like Picasso and Duchamp it’s not hard to see why, but what many people do not realize is that these great artists created the artistic palette that we’ve grown to love and mimic today.
With a touch of modernism, artists of today have taken techniques created by the likes of Picasso and Duchamp and made what we know as altermodern art.Check Read the rest of this entry »