Albert Anker (1831-1910) is regarded as the “national painter” of Switzerland. His meticulous paintings of Swiss rural life endeared him to the public and during his heyday, he was regarded as the most popular artist. His works captured the daily and social life of the rustics in the picturesque villages of Switzerland. While these captured the imagination of the public, his portraits charmed the critics. Indeed, his portraits and still-lifes are what cemented his enduring legacy. Unlike many of his contemporaries, his documentation of the social life of villagers was never judgmental. Rather he portrayed them as plain and unpretentious. Anker also worked on many still-lives, which are considered to be among his most important works. Albert Anker was born in 1831 to Samuel (a vet) and Marianne Anker. He was the second of the three children. When he was 11 years old, he visited an exhibition at the Societe des Amis des Arts, in Neuchatel, which kindled in him an early interest in art.
Using only your fingers and an ink pad, you can create amazing miniature works of art. Children AND adults enjoy making thumbprint art – I know because I couldn’t resist making these with my daughter. I can’t take credit for the idea of thumbprint art, also called fingerprint or funprint art. Ed Emberley is the genius who has shared this simple art form with the world through his book Ed Emberley’s Complete FunPrint Drawing Book. I’ll be sprinkling this page with some of our own attempts at thumbprint art. All the examples on this page are from Ed Emberley’s book. These are just a few of the hundreds and hundreds of ideas in his book. Anyone can make fingerprint art! ANYONE can make these fingerprint drawings – even children who “think” they cannot draw very well. Using the funprint art book as a guide, we made all the cute little animals and people on this page. You start with a simple fingerprint (or two or three), then step-by-step add one black line detail at a time until it’s complete.
Recycled items are some of the best materials for making eco-friendly art. Creating recycled art can help to conserve natural resources such as wood, paper and glass. Since most recycled materials are very cheap or free, they can significantly reduce the cost of your art projects. It also takes less energy to reuse materials than to recycle them into something new. Making recycled art is a particularly good activity to do together with your kids. It can help them to learn about art and about recycling to protect the planet. There are many different painting, drawing, sculpture and other art projects that you can make with recycled materials. Be sure to save everything you use that could feasibly be recycled, such as newspaper, magazines, scrap paper, wood, cardboard, plastic bottles and bags, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, utensils, toys, jewelry and old clothing. Ask your friends and family if they have any recyclable items they want to get rid of.
Dreams and the subconscious mind have been long used to create surreal art. Surrealism was first discovered in the 1920s. It began as a cultural movement and included arts, sculpture, films and philosophy. You can easily relate to surrealism as a sandbox of human subconscious mind. The word surrealism was first invented by the writer Guillaume Apollinaire in the year 1917. According to him, the word means “truth beyond realism”. When the harsh reality struck the people after the first world war, a group of people became interested in dreams, hallucinations and artwork. They started creating paintings and artwork because they wanted to reform the world in their own way. Although there is a long and wide list of techniques used to create surrealism, something that taps right into the subconscious mind. Andre Breton was a student of psychology and the findings of Freud always was something which Breton wanted to dig further. One study conducted by Freud fascinated him was “the interpretation of dreams.” In this findings, Freud stated that our deepest desires are hidden deep in our subconscious mind.
It is a true fact that every person around the world loves the beauty of oil painting. It is not possible for everyone to purchase a beautiful art work of Picasso or other famous artist because it is very expensive. However, that did not stop those people who love the essence of oil paintings. Unfortunately, most of the original classics are so high prices that they are the way beyond the means of the average public. Contemporary Oil Painting is very popular nowadays with millions of followers. Along with oil paintings and other artworks are the earnest attempts to make works of art that has fascinated us for ages, more accessible. Nowadays oil painting reproductions are an affordable and easily accessible to those people who love the art work of passionate artists all over the world. Although it is quite possible to get reproductions of nearly any artwork, still famous artists whose works are commonly used for oil paintings reproductions. People purchase Oil Paintings mainly for different reasons.
An art gallery or art museum is a structure or room for the exhibition, typically visual. Museums can be civic or private, but what distinguishes a museum is the ownership of a group. Paintings are the most usually displayed art objects, however, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costume, drawings, pastels, watercolors, collages, prints, artists’ books, photographs, and fixing also regularly shown. The term is used for either public galleries, which are non-profit or widely owned museums that exhibit selected collections of art. On the other hand private galleries pass on to the commercial enterprises for the sale. However, both types of gallery may host traveling exhibits or provisional exhibitions together with borrowed from elsewhere. In broad terms, in North American practice the word gallery unaccompanied often implies a private gallery, while a public gallery is additional likely to be described as an art museum. The term modern art gallery refers typically to a privately owned for-profit commercial gallery. These galleries are often found clustered together in large urban centers.
When and where did macrame come from? Who first saw the decorative potential of a simple piece of rope? Macrame is the ancient craft of knotting rope or fiber in geometric patterns to create decorative and functional items. While several ancient cultures had knot tying tehniques and art forms, the form of macrame we use to day has its origins in ancient China. The word macrame is Arabic in origin, and means ‘fringe’. Over the centuries, macrame spread throughout the Orient and Europe, thanks in part to sailors and seafaring merchants, who practiced the art of knot tying for utility and decorative purposes. Macrame techniques were used in the Middle Ages to craft mourning jewelry from human hair, a practice that continued into the 19th century.