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Using art to sell a home February 19, 2019

There are many ways to use art to sell a home. Done right art can make a huge difference in the final selling price. But if you are going to use art to sell a home there are mistakes to avoid. 1.  Nothing too personal Remove any artwork that is too personal or offensive to buyers such as nudes, religious-or politically-themed pictures as well as anything else which might not be acceptable to the general… Continue reading
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Indigenous Art Across Canada February 13, 2019

Art is an integral part of the preservation and expression of culture in Indigenous communities. And Canada is a treasure trove of Indigenous art. Spanning thousands of years has shaped the country’s cultural identity. Indigenous artists express of the people who have inhabited these lands for generations. In fact, it draws inspiration from their close relationship with the natural environment. When I do art I try and draw inspiration from the Vancouver area.  In the…

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Art and doodling -the effects on your health. February 8, 2019

It’s a bit of a stretch to describe the stick figures you doodled during that boring work meeting as“art”. But a pilot study suggests making any kind of art activates the brain’s reward pathways, even if it is terrible.  Suggesting art and doodling is beneficial to your health. Researchers from Drexel University recruited a mix of artists and non-artists. Then hooked them to headbands that measured blood flow through the brain. These 26 subjects then completed three art activities for three minutes each. Colouring in…

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What is art therapy? And who can benefit? February 6, 2019

What Is Art Therapy? Art therapy is also known as an expressive therapy. This sort of therapy uses art as a means of communication and lets people express and explore their thoughts and emotions. You do not even need to be very artistic or creatively talented to take part in this therapy. Art can be used in a number of ways from digital and photography to collages. Painting has also proven to be very helpful… Continue reading
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Looking at the art of the impressionists January 30, 2019

Impressionism is an art movement in France at the end of the 19th century. The Impressionists were a group known for their innovative painting techniques and approach to colour.   Impressionists and colour   They were excited by developments in colour theory.  They also abandoned the idea that the shadow of an object was made up from its colour with black added. And instead, they believed shadow is made of colour. For example, in an…

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Art prodigy Advait Kolarkar at only 4yrs old. January 23, 2019

Success at an early age When he’s not playing with dinosaurs or reading a book, art prodigy Advait Kolarkar uses paint, canvases and imagination to create internationally recognized abstract artwork. The preschooler is already selling his paintings for thousands of dollars and has had his art featured in three exhibits — a great example of how important it is for parents to encourage their children. Mother Shruti said in an interview Sunday that Advait first…

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Helping Mount Saint Joseph Hospital January 18, 2019

We are so pleased to be donating Burrard Inlet to the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Gala. Helping the Mount Saint Joseph Hospital is indeed an honour for us. The 2018 Gala raised almost $1 Million for the foundation! Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 5:30 pm is the 12th annual Scotiabank Feast of Fortune. An incredible celebration of Chinese New Year that combines amazing food creations and spectacular live entertainment. As well as a highly-anticipated live auction…

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Using Art in Medicine: How medical schools are including art classes. January 16, 2019

“What the heck does Impressionist art have to do with medical communication?” It’s a question that Dr. Michael Flanagan often gets after telling people about “Impressionism and the Art of Communication,”. The seminar he teaches to fourth-year medical students at the Penn State College of Medicine. In the course, students complete exercises inspired by 19th-century painters like Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. Ranging from observation and writing activities to painting in the style of the artist.  Medical schools and…

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Art Therapy and Autism January 11, 2019

Art therapy promotes mental and emotional growth through art making. Art therapy’s goal is building life skills. As well as addressing deficits and problem behaviors, and promoting healthy self-expression. Clients are encouraged to explore and express themselves using art crafting attractive artwork is not the goal (though it may be a happy by-product). Art presents an Alternative to Verbal Communication Art therapy for Autism is a natural fit to help people express themselves . Verbal…

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Granville Art January 2, 2019

Check out this article from the Vancouver Courier about Granville art. New murals are almost complete in the pedestrian tunnel connecting Vancouver’s Granville Look Park. Unlike other murals around the city, those in the Granville Street tunnel will be repainted after a year. Each artist brings a different vision Irigoien’s mural is near the west entrance of the tunnel and has bright swirling colours to create the image of a person. He describes his mural…

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