Sunday, December 4, 2011
I just found out what I have been doing all these years.... zentangling!
Check out the web site - Zentangle- however, I don't think you need a kit... just your favorite black marker!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519. He was a Renaissance genius who is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time, and possibly the most talented person who ever lived.
At the young age of fourteen, Leonardo was apprenticed to the artist Andrea di Cione. He was exposed to many artistic skills including drawing, painting, sculpting, and modeling. By the age of twenty, Leonardo was qualified as a master in the guild of artists and doctors of medicine. His earliest known work is a drawing in ink of the Arno Valley, drawn on August 5, 1473. From then on, Leonardo worked in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Venice and France creating art that would create history.
In the 1480s, Leonardo created three well known pieces of art, St. Jerome in the Wilderness, the Adoration of Magi, and Virgin of the Rocks. Virgin of the Rocks is the only finished painting due to problems with completion and payment with the first two paintings.
Leonardo’s most famous painting from the 1490s is The Last Supper, painted in Milan. Unfortunately, Leonardo had used tempera as his surface, resulting in his painting flaking and molding quickly. Due to this problem, The Last Supper is one of the most reproduced works of art.
It was in the 16th century that Leonardo created his most famous work of art, the Mona Lisa. To this day, no one knows why the woman is smiling. Many tests have been done on this mysterious painting, and one exposed a faint veil over the women’s face. In Leonardo’s time, women wore veils when they were pregnant. So it is assumed that she is smiling because she is pregnant. However, it is just a guess. Leonardo’s use of subtle shadowing around her mouth and eyes makes this an impossible puzzle to solve.
Throughout his life, Leonardo created works of art that astonish and inspire any artist who set eyes on his work. I admire Leonardo’s sense of mystery, and how his paintings leave questions unanswered. He pays a great deal of attention to the details and due to his artistic talent, has created beautiful masterpieces. Leonardo da Vinci was not just an artist. He was a genius.
By: Sansara Deshpande
Jamie Nicolle Raupp, a young student in 8th grade, has been taking art class for 10 years. Not only does she have pure passion for this activity, but she inspires others to feel the same way. One of her most favorite pieces of art was when she was in 7th grade, her drawing of Winston Churchill. She told me, “This man was an inspirational leader of England. He was the Prime Minister of England during World War ll.” pausing to take in her amazing poetic words, she then said, “I enjoy this piece quite much, because it shows off the roughness of lead when applied in different shades like the rough war that divided the world.”
These words touched my heart. I truly felt the meaning of her art. Not only can she draw incredibly, but she can feel her masterpiece. So the next the time my pencil touches the canvas, I will remember the internal pain she lets out on her paper creating sparks of beauty.
Written by Catherine Marchenko, 8th grade
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Cranbrook Art Museum is re-opening 11-11-11! Check out their website for more information on the ongoing events! Cranbrook Museum There are lots of events for artists of all ages!
Not only do they have the "Saarinen House"
but they also have artwork from the recent alumna that just spoke at U of M... Nick Cave!
The Saline Area Schools Art Department is holding an art show at the Pittsfield Township Hall from now until January 6th, 2012. The hall is located at 6201 W. Michigan Ave (across from Burger King). The main entrance is around back and the show is located just through the doors. Township business hours are Mon. – Fri. from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Please stop in and see the talent of our terrific Saline students!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Canstruction Detroit | Channel 7 | DIA | Canstruction
Friday, October 21, 2011
9th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Exhibit
Now through October 27, 2011 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits
The AADL Teen Graffiti Contest is an annual event held during Ann Arbor's summer Art Fairs. Teens gather in the staff parking lot of the Downtown AADL to try their hand at the art of graffiti.
Each young artist receives a four-by-four foot board and a variety of colors of spray paint. The end result of the contest is a display of a multitude of styles and levels of talent for the community to enjoy in this brilliant exhibit.
Friday, October 14, 2011
ARTFUL ALPHABETS: FIVE PICTURE BOOK ARTISTS
June 11–November 6, 2011
Picture Book Gallery
Ryan Education Center
Illustrator Mordicai Gerstein sees sculptural letters formed out of creatures. Chris Raschka portrays a man and his cat in an alphabet adventure. Mary Thelen’s colorful pictures of shapes and lines illustrate a toe-tapping text, while Stacy Innerst explores the world of music from A to Z in paintings on board and tin. Hand-colored woodblock prints by Mary Azarian explore the garden theme and expand vocabulary with word and picture. All of these artists prove that are as many artful ways to illustrate the ABCs as there are ways to see the world.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series
Brought to you from the Michigan School Art & Design, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.
I can not wait to see Nick Cave speak about his "soundsuits" on November 10th! More on him later.....
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints
July 16–October 23, 2011This exhibition presents works by forty-one leading printmakers from contemporary China to showcase the extraordinary innovations, in both technique and conception, which have transformed this long-established art form in recent years.
I just visited this exhibit..... AMAZING! It will only be at the UMMA for a few more weeks... so hurry!!!