March 28, 2019

9 Amazing Artists to Inspire Nature-Related Art Projects

This time of year, the weather begins to start warming up, and many of our students are eager to get outdoors. It’s the perfect time to go outside and make nature-inspired art. Students can find natural items and create art with them or sketch en plein air. If you have the technology, photographing outside would be a fun choice as well. Here are 9 amazing artists to inspire your students about nature art. 1. Katerina Apale image via bluethumb.com.au/katerina-apale Katerina Apale paints still lifes and other works inspired by nature. Her work is colorful and playful. She has a beautiful technique when it comes to blending her colors and has shared that she wants her work to be seen as positive and bright. Her work would be useful to inspire students to work in full color and explore painting techniques with a nature theme. Website: bluethumb.com.au/katerina-apale 2. Miranda Lloyd image […]
March 30, 2019

Giles Walker talks about ‘Monster’ his biggest ever Animatronic Exhibition

“The plan was to ram through the Berlin Wall” says Giles. Known for his animatronic sculptures, he is a long standing member of the Mutoid Waste Company. A collective of former squatters who in the 80’s would find and create things out of scrap metal. Inspired by the circumstances of history. They set off on a road trip with aspirational dreams to bring down the wall. The weapon of choice, an artistic battering ram made out of scrap metal. As it happens it wasn’t needed. The resulting sculpture, created under the cover of a big party, just ended up peering menacingly over. Four weeks later the wall came down. It is for others to speculate as to whether the presence of the giant mutoid creature and the fall of the wall were indeed linked. Giles Walker at his studio in Loughborough Junction MONSTER His latest exhibition is his biggest. Called […]
April 22, 2019

Jan Vormann brings his Dispatchwork project to Aberdeen and fills the walls with Lego

High up on a cherry picker and Jan Vormann is patching up an old wall. Part of the Aberdeen Nuart festival, he’s attracted quite a crowd of people looking curiously upwards. Lego, his material of choice. The popular plastic brick is now covering over patches in one of the cities oldest walls. Part of Jan’s Dispatchwork project. Each piece is carefully chosen and then put together in situ. The Lego pieces themselves having been donated by local people after a call out for bricks before the festival. The resulting patches remain fixed in place. Blended against the edges of the old stonework. They are secured not by cement or glue but by pressure and by becoming entwined with the wall. Architecture and Art Jan’s work is as much about architecture as it is about art. The two for him seem indelibly linked. His patchwork pieces of Lego simply wouldn’t work […]