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Christmas and Art November 30, 2018

Christmas and art go together. From the Renaissance and the Catholic Church to the modern day.  Art has a way of showing history in amazing ways. The art of the Catholic church has a rich history. As evident by these examples. Botticelli The Annunciation (1489) The illiteracy of pre-Renaissance and Renaissance times led the Catholic Church and wealthy merchants to commission painters. To tell the story of the origins of Christianity in pictures. They were…

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Art in everyday life. November 29, 2018

Finding art in the everyday There was a great article in the Delta Optimist recently about seeing art in everyday life. I agree with. The ability to see art in the world around you is a beautiful thing. Can you see beauty in the sunset? In the rising tides? What about the dance of a child? To see art is to see beauty in what others see as dull.  Art in the Vancouver landscape I…

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Art and Productivity November 26, 2018

Art in an office setting can have a significant impact on not only productivity but morale and reduced sick days. Says The Guardian. At Sam’s original art we have lots of pieces to fit any office space and create the right environment for your customers and your employees. Art in the office Contrary to what your boss might say, being distracted at work is not always a bad thing. If the object of your distraction…

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Art and society November 24, 2018

Art and society have always gone together. Art in some form or another has existed in our community as long as man. It is a part of our daily lives and is present in cultures across the world. Most people have an appreciation for art. They enjoy observing it or creating it; they may even support it financially or by volunteering. Art is integral in our culture because it provides us with a deeper understanding…

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How to hang a painting November 22, 2018

Simple calculations are the most foolproof way to determine the size of the artwork you’ll need. How to hang a painting on a wall is easy, so follow the steps below. Most people hang their paintings way to high, making your room look small and less inviting. If your hanging your painting over a couch, have the bottom of the painting be 8″-10″ off the top, and 15″-20″ for a desk. Simple! GIVE IT ROOM…

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Art as a stress release November 20, 2018

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso We are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves, and art encompasses a broader range of activities than you might imagine. HOW CREATING ART RELIEVES STRESS Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress level and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain…

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Color Psychology and its use in art and your mood. November 16, 2018

The colour that attracts you can say a lot about your mood and personality. Each colour is associated with a different emotion. It has also come to symbolize different things.  I use that colour and emotion in all my paintings. Colours can have different meanings and effects on your mood. When you see a colour what does it mean to you? Red Red is the colour of strength and power.  As well as passion, desire,…

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Seniors and art therapy November 14, 2018

There is power in art. It is everywhere around us providing a sense of well-being and enjoyment, including for seniors. It does not matter if a senior lives with chronic pain, has memory issues, or is just a bit depressed due to inactivity. There are multiple benefits of art therapy for seniors. KINDS OF ART THERAPY Choose from painting, drawing, sketching, music, dancing, knitting, weaving, and creating collages. There are endless possibilities to engage a…

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Art in Vancouver November 12, 2018

Art in Vancouver is all around us, and not all of it is in galleries, there is some, of course, found just in nature and some of the art in Vancouver is on buildings for all to see. 11 Word to Your Motherland 705 2nd St W, North Vancouver Artists: Nisha K. Sembi, Miguel “Bounce” Perez, Take5, and Corey Bulpitt This sprawling 100-foot work of art is a collective effort between street artists, North Shore…

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How Finland uses art and creativity to help kids. November 9, 2018

Art and a sense of self ( creativity to help kids ) Art can go a long way to developing a child’s sense of self, and feeling of confidence. While many schools are cutting back on art in school, Finland is doing more, an example England hopes to copy. Clinical psychologist Katherine Taylor looks at how Greater Manchester is putting the arts at the heart of its mental health strategy. Inspired by Finland’s positive experiences.…

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