You walk into an art gallery and freeze up not knowing where to put your hands or your thoughts.
Born in 1874 by a group of young artists in Paris who were exasperated by the recurring rejection of their works from the official Salon, Impressionism was controversially perceived with intense humiliation in its fledgling days. Thirty disaffected painters, pioneered by Claude Monet, decided to independently organise their own exhibition so as to display their novel ideals on art to the general public. Their work was greeted with both curiosity and scepticism by the public and utter disdain from the popular press. As the bullseye of the scrutiny, Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise (c.1872) sparkled a mocking critic with a name for the group that stuck: "Impressionists".
I've seen hundreds of art tips or art hacks online, some of which work, some of which don't. This list isn't a collection of what I've seen online rather tips and tricks and hacks I've gathered up along my art journey. I've been drawing seriously since 2015, so if I may blow my own trumpet, I can give you some tips that are sure to work.
I don't have a great memory so I've forgotten the better part of my early childhood, but the parts I do remember all revolve around art. My earliest memory is of my art class in kindergarten. We had the class once a week and made figures out of Play-Doh- fruits and characters, vegetables and furniture... you name it. My parents enrolled me in weekly art classes when they saw my interest in art, and I haven't stopped since that first step into the studio at the mere age of eight years old.
Art. Comes in many forms, but painting has claimed a lot of fame and recognition over the years. When someone says they're an artist, you typically envision them as a painter first. This is because painting as an art form has been around for more than 30,000 years, dating back to the first paintings that now reside in Grotte Chauvet, France.
Ernie Barnes was an African American professional athlete and painter. Born on July 15, 1938, in Durham, North Carolina; during the Jim Crow Era.
Jean Michel Basquiat was an African American, neo-expressionist artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Born in Brooklyn, New York , on December 22, 1960, Jean expressed a passion for art during his early childhood.
Locked libraries and somber studios. Coffee shops gone quiet. These places, and the traditions within them, are the ghosts of the lives we led not long ago. To acknowledge as much is to recognize that there has been death, both literal and figurative, within our lives. Grief, amongst many other emotions, is as universal as it is individual, and as simple as it is complex. In a time as unprecedented as this, it is appropriate to grieve everything and anything, as this one emotion is responsible for so many others.
One of the perks of working at an Arts University is being amongst the ambience of constant creative energy and activity. Within this environment you can’t help but feel infused by imaginative upliftment. The campus also homes a gallery which last month featured the visually vibrant work of Designer/Artist Morag Myerscough. The ‘We Make Belonging’ exhibition stood out to me in the gallery pamphlet like a brightly coloured blissful rainbow amongst the turbulent times of today. I was intrigued to learn more about this wonderful woman who merged pop-art esq patterns and poetic prose to brighten up towns and to bridge a sense of belonging amongst visitors from all walks of life. ‘Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’. I searched the internet for a more in-depth bio and came across a 2018 Design Indaba talk in which Morag shared her story from her bohemian background and family’s circus roots to her current journey of transforming schools, offices, hospitals and concrete jungles into play pits of techno-colour joy.
Édouard Manet, a French painter from 1832 to 1883, is best known for his connection to the impressionist painters and his rebellion against traditional salon painting techniques- although he always wanted his images shown in the salon, his ideas of what was proper for the salon to show was not usually agreed upon by the bourgeois patrons. His ideas bridged the gap between realism and impressionism as well as furthering modern ideals of social equality. He still wanted the construct of society to remain intact (for instance, the salon to still run) however he wanted to push society towards a new way of thinking about painting as a whole.
In Northern Italy, the performance-art duo Fossick Project - illustrator Cecilia Valagussa and musician Marta Del Grandi - is finding a way to re-invent their work in the times of lockdown and coronavirus.