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.
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Tags: art lessons, drawing, hyperrealistic, Marcello Barenghi
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.
Tags: animation, Kseniya Simonova, sand art
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.
Tags: Female Portraits, visual arts
By Philip Scott Johnson
Can you recognize the different periods, movements and artists?
Tags: Grade 10, visual arts
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;
Tags: AfricaBurn, art, art education, artistic genre, instalions
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 Kaprow. Wolf 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.
The theme for AfrikaBurn 2013 was ‘Archetypes’ with themed camps, mutant vehicles, colourful costume, and music.music.
Also see a Time lapse of AfricaBurn 2013
Tags: art education, Critical thinking, habits of the mind, research
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.