Monday, October 19, 2015
The best art supply store doesn't sell
If we step outside the box, and look away from the popular art materials that have been used over and over again, we'll find that art can be made with many of the common everyday objects as well. For example, instead of teaching kids how to paint objects, why not let them use the ones they have to create a painting? In the picture above, the artist reused the toy cars she had played with as a child to create an abstract piece of art. She was still able to focus on the different values of the colors, contrast, and design. By using a non-traditional medium, she was able to gain an appreciation of the materials she had and their characteristics, while using her creativity to bring them together in a cohesive manner.
Taking a different approach in choosing your medium, also lets you convey a stronger message. Take the example to left. It was found on a website that supports endangered animals. For the artists, the main question was how to make a strong impression on their audience that would elicit care and action. Instead of painting the animals locked up in cages, or taking sad photographs of them, they took it a step further. they painted the endangered animals on large pebbles that they could hand out as paper weights. the animals appear crouched in a little space. That was the only way they could fit, and it conveys the message that endangered animals are being forced to uncomfortable lives in smaller habitats.