Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
- Consistency and perseverance: build yourself over time. Don't be worried about instant results. Experience trumps skill. Art is a lifelong journey.
- Hard working/ work intensity/ concentration: take tasks to completion and challenge yourself. Be professional and have high personal standards to work towards.
- Mindfulness/ thoughtfulness: work smart, consider the essence of each part of the approach and be focused. Always be cognitive and refine your understanding of your methods. Think your approach and theories through as if you are teaching them to others; this will help you organize and edit your thoughts.
- Experimentation and risk-taking: search out your best practices and dont keep doing the same things.
- Balance: consistency, intensity, thoughtfulness and experimentation require balance and rest to work efficiently and be called upon. The brain is a muscle that needs rest and variety. Art-making is more physical than people realize, and good health feeds good performance. Exercise and be vigorous in all aspects of life.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
- Pro: Allows for the immediate creation of images unbound by the "ground up" necessities of traditional media. Artists can go straight to color and tone without preparation, both of the material and the subject. Con: The loss of a slower, more cerebral process including planning, drawing and using purposefully-chosen tools may lead to a less controlled, succinct and focused result.
- Pro: Allows for unlimited malleability and change throughout the creation process. Undo and global changes whenever needed. Con: This forgiving nature of the tool can lead to indecision and a weakening of the need for planning in the creative process. Results may be unexpected (pro and con), or lose the essence or original focus of the idea.
- Pro: Allows for detail and refinements not easily obtained through traditional tools. You can zoom into an area for increased detail, unbound by physical size. Con: you can lose sight of the "whole effect" and composition as a balanced, focused and unified statement.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
"Art is now so much more than traditional art materials." The kinds of art made by recreational artists last year: 30% were multi-layered (mixed media collage, handmade books, cards, scrapbooks or 3D Art); 23% were drawings; 17% were paintings; 18% were digital art. From the Artists & Art Materials Study 2009. Which means almost half the art created last year was not just watercolour, acrylics or oils.
We're networking with art instructors, various clubs and organizations to embrace this new era of creative expression. To this end The Paint Spot is inviting over 25 instructors to promote themselves at our store on May 15. See below for more details, and look for a greater diversification in our art workshops classes and new products coming this fall!
Meet the Instructors
Saturday May 15
FREE, Noon - 5 PM
What if you could meet and choose between 20 professional artists willing to share their time and expertise to help others start art and expand their knowledge. Here is a confirmed list of attending art instructors that will be on-hand to offer workshops information and display their specialities.
Wendy Hodgson -Sadgrove
(I have room for just 4 more instructors. If you are interested in participating, contact me ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org).
Art Instructor Appreciation & Networking Event
Saturday May 15
5 PM - 7PM
Are you responsible for workshops schedules for your art group, association or art centre? Are you thinking about teaching art? Join us for a glass of wine and discussion on new instructors, trends and opportunities. (RSVP will help me buy enough wine.)
Thursday, May 6, 2010