Sketchbooks for school, for life.

  It’s that time of year when students of all ages go back to the books and classes. Don’t forget to take your sketchbook to help you along.  Sketchbooks can be useful in many areas not just “art”.  They can be used in the sciences to record visual observations, data, and questions about what you are observing.  You can press your botanical samples between the pages.  You can use it as a research tool to compile data, quotes, photos, and sketches all relate to a specific topic.  Used as strictly a drawing platform it helps you see how the details…

Frederic Remington western artist: art-i-facts

  As an artist of western landscapes I look to the land for inspiration and other artists. Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was one of our country’s first western painters.  He said, “I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever….and the more I considered the subject, the bigger the forever loomed.  Without knowing how to do it, I began to record some facts around me, and the more I looked the more the panorama unfolded.”    Remington was the first artist to show the true gait of the horse in motion!  He recorded the western life of…

Monet “art-i-facts” and art project designed to inspire

Monet’s art was known for his impressions of luscious colors.  As we hit the peak of summer blooms head outside to your local gardens for art inspirations.  A easy way to have that broken brush work look without the complications of paints is to use water soluble oil pastels.  They are easily tucked in a small backpack or shoulder bag.  Bring a collapsible cup, water bottle and brush.   Layout your design using dashes of oil pastel, then using water and a brush do some blending !  Experiment with different color combinations to create the impressions of the garden. Monet said…

Sketching hints for the summer traveler

Grab those pencils and sketchbooks for your next trip! “The vision must be sharper than the pencil” Bob Brandle Here are a few tips: “Seeing vs Observing”  Don’t forget to see the big picture as well as the details ! ” Proportions” How big is “this” compared to “that” ?  You can use your pencil to see sizes. Or get a clear piece of acetate and trace a grid on it with permanent marker. Keep it in your sketchbook.  Pencil in on your page light pencil grid lines like the acetate  Hold it up to see how things you are…

Hints and quotes for sketchbooks, you don’t have to be an “Artist” to participate!

Hints and quotes for sketchbooks, you don’t have to be an “Artist” to participate! Getting ready for that summer vacation trip, don’t forget to pack a sketchbook.  Bring one for each member of the family so each can use it in their own unique way.  Pop each one into it’s own ziplock bag to keep it safe and dry.  Have some simple pens or pencils.  Remember the sharpener.  Bring a glue stick and while you travel glue in a postcard, train tickets,brochures for the places you have been. Then add your own drawings around it. This works really well is…

Art-i-Facts from Miro

Miro’s art is a great example of how fabulous art does not need to be complicated. Enjoy these art facts about him! Miro was a famous Spanish painter.  He was born in 1893 and died in 1983. Miro said, “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” Miro thought that the feet of a person keeps that person in contact with the creative force coming from the earth.  Look for feet and feet-like symbols in his paintings! Miro tried out painting in the cubist style like Picasso, but eventually developed his own unique…

Art-i-facts from Picasso

Did you know Picasso helped develop a style of painting and sculpting called cubism.  He said, “When we discovered Cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering Cubism.  We only wanted to express what was in us.” Did you know Picasso was born in Oct. in Malaga, Spain. Did you know Picasso said, “To draw you must close your eyes and sing.” Picasso said, “The work that one does is another way of keeping a diary.” Picasso talked about how he does his art and said, “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” Picasso stated,…