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Pablo Picasso – the Father of Cubist Art June 18, 2019

Considered as the ‘father of Cubist art, most of the world knows him only as ‘Picasso,’ and His real name is a real tongue twister – Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso – a whopping 23 words! Picasso’s father, José Ruiz y Blasco, a painter and art teacher, was Picasso’s first major indluence. He began teaching his son…

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The Purpose of Art June 12, 2019

Like language, art is a form of expression. Its message may be symbolic or religious, historical or political. But the purpose of art is not simply to communicate a message, but more importantly, to elicit an emotional response, to ‘move’ us, in some way. Art can be pleasing or astonishing, informative or perplexing, offensive or inspirational. Cave Paintings Art is a uniquely human product, the earliest examples of which are cave paintings, such as those…

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A. Y. Jackson June 3, 2019

The Group of Seven was, perhaps, the single most influential factor in the development of 20th Century Canadian art. A.Y. Jackson, was one of its founding members. A.Y. Jackson was born on October 3, 1882 in Montreal, Quebec. His father abandoned the family, so, at age twelve, Jackson went to work at a lithography company to help his mother feed the family. It was here that he acquired his interest in art, and began his…

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Vancouver’s Interesting History June 2, 2019

Vancouver has changed quite a bit from its early days as a lumber town. Vancouver’s history, from small-town sawmill community to a world-renowned destination, is quite interesting. April 6, 1886 – Vancouver Incorporated Vancouver was originally a small sawmill settlement called Granville. But in April of 1886, it was incorporated as the City of Vancouver, with a population of 1,000 residents. June 13, 1886 – Vancouver Burns Down However, when the new city of Vancouver…

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Starry Night – Facts About Van Gogh’s Masterpiece June 1, 2019

1. It is Van Gogh’s view from an asylum. After experiencing a mental breakdown in the winter of 1888, van Gogh checked himself into the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum.  The view became the basis of  Starry Night.  Van Gogh wrote in one of his many letters to his brother Theo, “This morning I saw the country from my window a long time before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big.” 2. He left…

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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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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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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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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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