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Art Assigment

Posted: November 1, 2014 in Art Enrichment
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The Art Assignment is an educational video series produced by PBS Digital Studios that focuses on the creative process and the act of making. The series highlights emerging and established artists working across the United States, with each artist devising an assignment that serves as an open call for art makers across the globe. Celebrating risk-taking in the creative process, The Art Assignment introducesyou to alternative approaches to art-making and the most innovative minds in art today.

Marcello Barenghi is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Milan (Italy). In the 80’s he discovered coloured pencils, but he felt the need to find out a different technique that would allow him to cover large areas, shading and avoid the grainy look of colored pencils.
He also began learning the techniques of tempera, watercolors and clay modeling. In 1985, the discovery of airbrush allowed him to improve the texture of his illustrations.

In those years, he was fascinated by Derek Riggs, the legendary illustrator of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden; for several years he worked on the figure of Eddie The Head and on his way to represent it.
In the late ’80s, while attending the school “Art and message” in Milan, “he met” other artists who influenced his education; for their technique and vision: Hajime Sorayama and his chrome robot, Tanino Liberatore and his Ranxerox, the Eleuteri Serpieri and his Druna, Richard Corben and Simon Bisley. He considers the style and the visual power of Tim Burton, author and director of unforgettable images, environments and architectures as very close to his ideal beauty.

You can read more about him and his work on his website.

Tutorial on how he draws.


Sand performance was suggested by her husband. Initially, Simonova was unsure, but she decided to try it in the absence of other viable options to improve their financial situation. When tests with beach and river sands proved both unsuitable, Simonova’s husband began researching better options on the internet. He sold his printing equipment to buy 3 kilograms of expensive volcanic sand.

Simonova began experimenting with the medium at night, after serving as a full-time mother throughout the day. She found it challenging, but persisted in spite of early impulses to give up. Physically grueling, the art form required her standing for long periods of time and also required her to retrain her vision to adapt to the unique medium.

From Wikipedia

By Philip Scott Johnson

Can you recognize the different periods, movements and artists?

For those of you that struggle to recognize who painted what paintings, humour is one way to help your memory. There is a very funny post on The Meta Picture on how to recognize the artists of paintings. Here’s a few examples;


Installation art describes an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Generally, the term is applied to interior spaces, whereas exterior interventions are often called Land art.

Installation art came to prominence in the 1970s but its roots can be identified in earlier artists such as Marcel Duchamp and his use of the readymade and Kurt Schwitters’ Merzart objects, rather than more traditional craft based sculpture. Its roots lie in the conceptual art of the 1960s where the artisis’ intention is all important. This is a departure from traditional sculpture which places its focus on form. Early non-Western installation art includes events staged by the Gutai group (means”Embodiment”) in Japan starting in 1954, which influenced American installation pioneers like Allan KaprowWolf Vostell. (Ref)

The installations at AfrikaBurn usually have quite a short lifetime and with the huge amount of effort that is put into the planning, fundraising, building and eventual burning of these art pieces. Started in 2007, AfrikaBurn takes place in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

Africa Burn

Sculpture (Photo by Photokatz)


Photo Keith Shirlaw

The theme for AfrikaBurn 2013 was ‘Archetypes’  with themed camps, mutant vehicles, colourful costume, and

Also see a Time lapse of AfricaBurn 2013

The visual arts teach important “habits of mind” that can’t be learned in traditionally “core” academic areas. These habits are invaluable to not only in education, but also forms an essential basis for the next generation of careers.

From Texas Art Teacher

Art and 21st Centuary Skills

From Art Inspired


Ze Frank critiques a kid named Will’s groundbreaking work of art entitled “Monkey Farter.”

In the same vein, a brilliant comment left by Nic Stroud must be added to complete this;

Unfortunately there is one small detail the critic of this masterpiece has failed to notice. The artist invites us to notice that “it also has butt checks”, rather than “but cheeks”.

This classic device used by the artist to fool us momentarily, leaves us needing to re-evaluate our whole outlook of the piece.

Scent in Art

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Art Enrichment

Perfumery Tools

Smell has this reputation of being somewhat different for each person. It’s not really true. Perfumery shows you that can’t be true, because if it were like that it wouldn’t be an art.” (Luca Turin)

In the history it is possible to trace olfactive stimuli inside art works and olfactory pathways were created by the hands of skilled gardeners, but in this chapter I want to show a collection of art works in which it was used the sense of smell with a digression from the beginning of the twentieth century to the early twenty-first century.

The representation of the perfume in art has seen his declaration in Futurist Manifesto: the praise of the dynamism of life in industrial society and machines. In the ”Manifesto of sounds, noises, smells” signed by Charles Carre in 1910, and Filippo Marinetti in 1912, they declared the full activation of perception: in the pictures there…

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