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Art Camps May 31, 2019

No matter what your interest, summer art camps offer something for everyone. They offer seminars and classes in all kinds of artistic activities, such as tie-dying, macramé, pottery, digital photography, dance, creative writing, drama, and more. Develop Confidence and Self-expression One of the biggest benefits is that they help kids to develop confidence and self-expression. That’s because, unlike regular summer camps, art camps are not meant to be competitive. Rather, kids are encouraged to be…

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Art Can Change the World May 30, 2019

Throughout history, art has influenced world cultures in profound ways, and has had a huge effect on society. For example, in recent history, artist have had a major impact on social issues, from the Berlin Wall to Tiananmen Square. Art really can change the world. 1. Leonardo Di Vinci, ‘The Mona Lisa’, 1503 There’s a reason why this painting is the most famous in the world. That’s because Di Vinci challenged how artists create portraiture,…

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The Meaning of Colors May 23, 2019

Colors have meaning. In fact, Color plays a very important role in our lives, affecting our moods and our emotions. For that reason, the colors an artist employs in their painting, aside from the actual subject matter, is of great significance. Throughout the ages, different cultures have shown a certain propensity or interpretation for certain colors. In the Western world, the colors of the traffic light say it all… red means stop, yellow means caution,…

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Six Reasons to Support Local Artists May 21, 2019

There are many reasons why purchasing artworks from a local artist is beneficial to a community. Supporting local artists can have a profound effect on a community, as well. 1. Increases Community Prosperity The money you spend on the local artist is given back to the community. By so doing, you help support all the other locals businesses. That includes galleries, restaurants, clothing stores, live music, and more. 2. Own Something Unique Local artist create…

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E.J. Hughes and Vancouver Island

E.J. Hughes and Vancouver Island go hand in hand. Vancouver Island, on the West Coast of BC, is truly a beautiful place. And Canadian artist, E.J. Hughes, captured the beauty and charm of the island in his paintings. “One of the main reasons I paint is because I think Nature’s so wonderful that I want to try to get my feeling down about that on canvas if possible. I feel that when I am doing…

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Italian Renaissance Art May 17, 2019

The Italian Renaissance began in the 14th century in Italy, and lasted for more than 300 years. Renaissance is from the word Rinascimento, meaning ‘rebirth’. It represented a rebirth of Classical ideas in the pursuit of ‘true’ reality. The ‘Early Renaissance’ basically spans the 15th century. That’s when artists, such as Fra Angelico and Botticelli, began to experiment with realism. Following the Early Renaissance, the ‘High Renaissance’ lasted from about 1490 to 1527. That’s when…

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The Art Periods May 16, 2019

Medieval Art The millennium between 400 and 1400 A.D. is sometimes referred to as ‘The Dark Ages’. This period was relatively ‘dark’ in the art world, as well. Although much of the art of the period focused on religious imagery, a lot depicts rather grotesque, or otherwise brutal, scenes. As the millennium passed, more and more Christian and Catholic art appeared. The many elaborate and ornate churches built during this time needed artwork to adorn…

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Coloring Books Are For Adults Too May 15, 2019

Colouring books are no longer just for the kids. In fact, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. This trend is reflected in the sales of colored pencils and crayons, as well as coloring books. The first commercially successful adult coloring books were published in 2012. However, it is just beginning to take off in popularity. Art Therapy, Adult Colouring Books and Your Mental Health Art therapy is recognized as an important and…

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Modern Art vs. Contemporary Art May 11, 2019

Modern Art – Art For A New World Modern Art is the term used to describe artworks roughly dating from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. It includes works from Manet and Van Gogh to Dali and Picasso. Artworks from this period are, arguably, the most popular and well-known works of art of all time. Prior to that, art was predominantly based on Classical or religious themes. Then, beginning with the Age of…

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Rare Matisse May Break Record at Auction. May 10, 2019

Heffel Fine Art Auction House hopes the auction of this Matisse masterpiece will boost interest in some of the Canadian art also available in the same auction. The piece, Henri Matisse’s ‘Femme assise sur un balcon’ (1919), will tour across Canada. And it’s expected to go for a whopping $3.8 million! “Canadian art really is undervalued internationally, and our star artists with their star pieces can stand on their own with the top artists in the…

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