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How to Properly Appreciate Art

The appreciation of art is a fine discipline that requires concentration, time and patience. A true appreciation of art is something that develops over a period of time. Many wish to take on this endeavor, and these are some steps an art lover can take to truly gain an appreciation of arts.

Art History Courses

Part of appreciating art is having an understanding of the field’s history. Many great artists, whether they are from ancient days gone by or are still living, have painted their way across canvasses and made sculptures that capture the eye’s attention. Learning about all of the artists will not only make people realize the contributions that have been made in the field but will also teach them about the artistic periods and techniques. From Modernism to Cubism, artists have made various imprints upon the face of art history. When a person looks at a piece of art, he or she can see influences from both specific artists and art movements detailed in its design. Once they learn about all that is out there, these budding art aficionados will also be able to tell when an artist is trying out a technique that is entirely new.

Practical Art Classes

To truly understand how an artist thinks, it’s important to actually take some hands-on art classes. If parents want their children to develop a love of art early on, then they can enroll them in some painting, drawing or ceramics classes while they are still young. Of course, such classes are not limited to children. Many local art shops, ceramic stores and colleges offer classes for adults who wish to learn how to make paintings or build sculptures out of clay. Not only will students be able to dabble in a variety of techniques, but they will see how much work goes into creation.

Those who are looking in from the outside may assume that creating a piece of art is something that takes only a few hours or a day. However, artists toil over their works for days, weeks, months or even years on end. Just like a piece of writing, they are constantly going back to make revisions. They may even need to start over if a mistake has been made. By going through the actual process of making art, individuals will see the hard work and dedication that is put into making a perfect piece.

Visiting Museums

A crucial part of learning to appreciate the arts is going to local art museums. Whether it’s a tribute to people in the community who have made beautiful works or the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Modern Art, the appreciation will be further developed. Individuals should stop to read the notecards that accompany all of the works to get a better sense of the artist and why he or she chose a particular subject or technique.

When people go to local events displaying the works of artists in the community, they might be able to meet and greet with some of these people. This presents yet another opportunity in which people can get inside the head of some of these artists. They’ll be able to ask questions about inspiration, motivation, techniques and other components of the art making process.

Expanding Horizons

Art need not be confined to only the topics that are taught in standard high school art classes. In fact, art encompasses a wide range of fields from dancing to writing. Learning to appreciate those arts is an avenue to success for individuals who may not be as interested in paintings, drawings and other items typically labeled as arts. For people who want to learn more about theatrical arts, for example, they can follow the same paths as individuals who want to learn more about drawing and painting. They can take a class to learn about the greats in the field, or they can take an Introduction to Theatre class at the local college to understand some of the techniques used.

Interested parties can also study the ways in which arts come together. In the creation of children’s books, both drawers and writers bring their sets of skills to the table. When a theatrical performance is about to take place, dangers, singers and crews painting the scene all work to bring extra touches of magic to the stage. Getting involved in some local projects can show individuals how all of the arts work together to make beauty.

Learning to properly appreciate art involves a variety of components. First of all, viewers want the pieces of art to be appealing to the eye. Of course, it goes so much deeper than that though. They also want to understand the techniques that were used and why the artist chose to work with a particular subject and medium.

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Infographic: 10 Worthless Degrees

It is a well-known fact that earning a college degree will increase your chances of having a better career. However, it is important to remember that all degrees are not created equal. In fact, there are some degrees that are practically useless. Latin is one of those degrees. Most employers will not need someone to transfer English into Latin. Music Therapy sounds like a promising degree, but it is extremely difficult to find a job in that field.

Theology, which is the study of religion, will not land you job unless you want to teach at the collegiate level. English Literature is another example of an obsolete degree that employers do not want to see. People who have a degree in social sciences are among the college graduates who are struggling to find a job.

A degree in American Studies does not impress employers much. Puppetry will not get you a job unless you plan on working for Sesame Street. The only thing that you can do with a poetry degree is write business cards. You can work in a museum with an Art History degree, but that is about it.

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Why Is The Recession A Healthy Time For Artists?

Abstract painting by Dangerous Lee titled “Tits n Ass”

It may seem like an absurd thing to ask, or even contemplate! But when the job market was a bit more flourished than it is now; many artists including myself kept just the weekends reserved for dusting off the paintbrushes; and we took advantage of availability of steady employment to fulfil our basic survival-needs…and then we get comfy doing a job we’re not that passionate about because we get used to the lifestyle the extra income affords us. But following economic-meltdown this is no longer an option for many of us that were made redundant and struggled to find employment ever since. In a time zone where thousands of people are struggling to get noticed by prospective employers week after week, it’s easy to overlook an employer that WILL employ you: Yourself.

Self-employment for artists

Think about it. You are in the perfect position to take risks that you only dreamed about before. You had too much to lose before. Your day job. It was going to be risky gamble sacrificing it for your own business venture that may or may not be profitable. If you no longer have that then you have nothing left to lose. It is the perfect condition!

The career-path for an artist is not made of concrete. There is no clear route to being successful. You have to be creative with your plan. It is important to regard what is popular in art. Sniff out where the demand is before you supply!

The Postmodern Agenda

We have been living in the postmodern age since 1970’s. Unlike Modern art which was a hundred year movement characterised by a linear timeline of ‘isms’, postmodern art challenges all norms established in art and society as well as being inclusive to all approaches, narratives and depictions.

Current Trends in Art

  • Conceptual: With conceptual art, it is all about the development of the idea behind the work. The aesthetics of the finished piece is sub-ordinate. It was developed to rejection of commerce in art. An example of a conceptual piece of art can be a display of a few scribbled notes or diagrams.
  • Art of Simulacra: This exercises focus on images rendered and post-produced using modern technology, for example video, digital camera and Image-manipulation software for post-production. Quite often, these images are appropriated from other artists and manipulated.
  • Abstraction: Although this was a modernist movement, abstraction has made a comeback in the past decade. Abstraction attempts to be non-representational, and its subject matter is often expressed with loose splashes of vibrant colour to portray a distorted and skewed way of looking at a scene or an object. The distortion is sometimes a commentary on society issues; or it is for decoration.
  • Paint!

This is a no-brainer. Try and dedicate a few hours every day you have free to planning a painting or just painting. The more you sell, the more you have to keep your wheel of production spinning.

  • Populate cyberspace!

If you’re going to make a living selling your painterly masterpieces, then you need your own website. This is time-consuming but if you are currently unemployed, then time will be less of a barrier than otherwise. With a successful marketing strategy, your site could generate a lot of clients of who want to adorn the interior of their home or office; or just want to collect art!

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This Week In Art History

Greetings,

A little art history glimpse, this week…

Thanks to an article @ Park West Gallery, I have discovered that this week (August 10), is the anniversary of two significant historical events.

This Week In History

The Louvre (pronounced “luvʁ” according to Wikipedia), and located in Paris, France, opened August 10, 1793. The Louvre is a beautiful complex dating back to the 12th century, used as a palace, and growing in grandeur over time. It had different “owners” in the royal family, who commissioned improvements, creating the palatial beauty that we experience today.

This Week In History

The Smithsonian opened this week, in 1846, after President Polk signed the Act of Congress. According to their web site, The Smithsonian is the “largest museum and research complex” in the world. It is named after its benefactor, James Smithson.

There is so much more to both of these establishments, then these brief descriptions. You can find out more by following the links, above. Of course, the aid of Google can also assist you history buffs in quenching the art history thirst.

Hugs,
Deborah E
ScatnStyle.com

Different Styles, Different Types of Art

Peter Max has been described as being an artist with an “iconic” style of art (Wikipedia, 2011), as well as an “expressionistic style,” and creating a “signature style of cosmic characters.” Mr. Max addresses that pop culture, with his graphical expressions of Love, his American patriotism with the Statues of Liberty, his peacock on the NBC logo, and so much more. It is easy to see, with just a couple of examples how he is attributed with the label of creating “iconic” art, as well as his effect on the current culture, and, hence the aspect of “pop”ular culture.

There are different types and styles of art and just when I think that I have figured out the list, I realize that I still have so much to learn!

Another style of art is the art of husband and wife team, Shaefer and Miles, called “neo-impressionistic” art. Park West describes their work as exuding a warmth and “ever-present light.” While that is not necessarily a description of a style, the inclusion of the light does conjure up similar, yet unique art by famous Thomas Kinkade.

There are so many other styles of art, not to mention types of art. When I say, “styles,” I am referring to styles, as described above (even though the talent and expression is beyond description!) and when I say, “types,” I am referring to the inclusion of sculptures, unique use of materials (See also, info on the “Material Worlds” exhibit for examples), and anything that can be considered a creative expression of art. Again, the sky is the limit!

Recently, I have really come to enjoy abstract art, yet another style…. Just as in beauty, the love of art is in the eye (and heart) of the beholder and we all have the freedom to love (or not love) what we see before us.

So, looking at the art, above, which one speaks to you?

Hugs,
Deborah E
ScatnStyle.com

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