Category: Art and Culture

Key Components of Installation Art and Why it’s Great for Teens

Key Components of Installation Art and why it’s Great for Teens

As kids grow into teens, sometimes they grow out of old hobbies and grow into more culturally and creatively developed ones. Installation art in particular is a great art form for teens to engage with for several reasons. This type of contemporary art is displayed in a three-dimensional space and uses the available environment to… Read More

The Art of Still Life

The Art of Still Life

Still life is a genre of the 17th century that holds significant cultural weight because, although absent of human subjects, it reminds us of our profound humanity. From natural objects like flowers to fruits, bowls, wine, and more, still life paintings contain the ephemera of our existence. In the Art of Antiquity   The origins… Read More

Key Components of Installation Art and why it’s Great for Teens

Key Components of Installation Art and why it’s Great for Teens

As kids grow into teens, sometimes they grow out of old hobbies and grow into more culturally and creatively developed ones. Installation art in particular is a great art form for teens to engage with for several reasons. This type of contemporary art is displayed in a three-dimensional space and uses the available environment to… Read More

Benefits of Working with Mixed Media

Benefits of Working in Mixed Media

When creating a work of art, there are many people who prefer to use a single medium. For example, they will spend all of their time creating their artwork with watercolors and opt against using ink and colored pencils as well. This is not a bad approach to take, but using mixed media can be… Read More

Art and Society – How Creativity Impacts Culture

Art and Society

A beautiful form of personal expression, art allows us to view our world and experiences through the lens of unique multiple media forms. Paintings, photographs, models, sculptures, chalks and more give us a space for creativity and positive stress relief, cultivating new feelings and emotions within us. Similarly, art impacts and reflects our society and… Read More

Boston Gallery Roundup – May

The spring in Boston is the perfect time to get out and explore the city. With tons of museums, events, music and more to enjoy, you’ll have your pick of things to do during the beautiful May weekends. Of course, as spring moves into full bloom, so too does the schedule of exhibits at the… Read More

A Hidden Portrait Behind the ‘Mona Lisa’?

The “Mona Lisa” is the most famous painting in the world, but was the image the one Leonard da Vinci initially intended? French scientist Pascal Cotte says no. Cotte claims to have found another version of the painting underneath the one everyone sees. Cotte discovered this, the BBC reports, by using light technology that can… Read More

February Exhibits Around Boston

Boston is a city that’s rich in history, art and culture, and since February is almost here, we thought you might be interested in some of the upcoming art installations in the area. Let’s take a look at the coming galleries and exhibits planned in the area next month. Museum of Fine Arts Boston The… Read More

Get Creative During International Creativity Month

Most people value creativity, and can recognize it in just about every aspect of everyday life. From the music you listen to on the way to work or while at work to a poster you may pass by advertising a movie or play, creativity played a role in making so much that we encounter on… Read More

Learn About Graffiti and Street Art

Urban art has been a popular means of expression for generations, but with the increasing presence of social media, some urban artists like BANKSY and Shepard Fairey are becoming well known as some of the leading artists of our time. In our new Graffiti and Urban Art class, teens and adults will learn about the… Read More

Three Thanksgiving Craft Projects

As you and your kids gear up for Thanksgiving, it is important to keep them occupied and not staring at the television. We suggest doing some fun, inexpensive craft projects this year with them. Below are our three favorite projects to do with the young ones. Pine Cone Turkey What could be more festive than… Read More

Four Famous Artworks to Celebrate Autumn

One of our favorite things to do in the fall is admire some of the beautiful artworks that capture the incredible colors and feelings of the season. Here are four of our favorite famous fall artworks to start the autumn season off right. “Apple Tree with Red Fruit” “Apple Tree with Red Fruit” was painted… Read More

October Exhibits Around Boston

With the colder weather starting to set in, we thought you might be interested in some exhibits and events happening in the Boston area this month. Here’s a look at some events and exhibits planned that piqued our interest. Museum of Fine Arts Boston Not only is this a fantastic place to spend an afternoon… Read More

Get Crafting With These Halloween Decoration Projects

Halloween is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love to decorate their home with a little bit of festive décor? But those decorations in the stores can be pretty pricey, so here are a few suggestions for easy at-home crafts that you and your children can enjoy making that will bring seasonal flair to… Read More

Four Famous Oil Paintings

In its simplest form, oil paint is a mixture of pigment (the color element), binder (the oil) and thinner, which is added to make the viscous pigment-oil mixture easier to paint with. Famous artists have utilized this medium for centuries, creating some of the world’s most iconic artworks. Here are four of the most famous… Read More

September Exhibits Around Boston

September may mean the end of the summer months and back-to-school season, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of great art to take in throughout the region. The arts are a great expression year round, and with so many great organizations in the area, the start of fall brings plenty for art enthusiasts to enjoy… Read More

Fun with Fabrics

From chokers and slap bracelets to butterfly clips and mood rings, the style of the ‘90s proved unique and carefree. But there was one style that stood out among the rest for its creativity: clothing colored with fabric glue. Using glitter pens or glues in different colors allowed us to generate our own sense of… Read More

Ceramics and Pottery – What’s the Difference?

Since they are both made using the same methods, there is physically no distinction between ceramics and pottery, but the two terms technically mean different things. While both ceramics and pottery go through a process that includes forming, firing, glazing and re-firing before completion, each term has its own specific meaning. The basics of ceramics Ceramics… Read More

The Rising Popularity of Digital Art

The ultimate goal of any artist is to be able to share their imagination and their experiences with the world. Everyone has his or her own way of going about this process. As time passes and technology advances, it gives art new means and mediums to be used to express these thoughts and experiences. One… Read More

Should Art Be Censored?

One of the definitions of art (thanks to Merriam-Webster) is “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” This is a fairly general description, so it can include all forms of art, whether it’s a painting or a sculpture or even a song or… Read More

Understanding the Growth and Popularity of Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have been all the rage in recent years, spurred by a seemingly unending onslaught of comic book hero movies and television shows that have captured the minds and imaginations of the young and old alike. These artistic variations on the traditional written storytelling form provide a fully illustrated picture for the reader, with… Read More

The Use of Color in Impressionism

Impressionism is such a unique painting technique because of the amount of paint used and the way that it brings out the color in the painting. Impressionists were known for their extensive use of complementary colors in order to bring depth to an object and even shadows. This oftentimes made the object in question look… Read More

Colors in Motion

In your daily life everything you see and everything you do has been designed to appeal to your eyes. When you picked out your outfit this morning you chose not to wear the yellow top and orange bottoms because you know those two color choices didn’t go very well together. Our eyes will tell us… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Purple

Hey there folks, this is the 6th and final installment of the Color Series. Today, we are going to take a closer look at the color purple. “Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.” – Regina Brett Here’s the Scoop on Purple Purple is oftentimes associated with royalty and nobility. As… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Blue

Welcome back, everyone! This is the 5th installment in the Color Series. Today’s guest color is blue! “The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until… Read More