Enter the 2015 Winter Back to Class Contest with Strathmore

What Have You Created with Strathmore?

Jerry's is proud to announce a new contest with Strathmore Paper. If you like to draw, sketch, color or paint on Strathmore paper, whether its from their lines of Artist Tiles, 300 Bristol Pads, 300 Sketch Pads, or 400 Watercolor Pads, let us know about it and enter 2015 Winter Back to Class Contest by Jerry's Artarama and Strathmore for a chance to win!

The Prizes

 How to Enter

To enter, please upload a picture of your artwork created using Strathmore to our official JerrysArtarama.com Facebook Fan Page. Follow the submission process on Facebook. Submissions must include a photo of your artwork and a testimonial about why you enjoy using Strathmore. Entries not meeting these requirements will be disqualified. One image must be entered per contestant. Only submissions made on the official Facebook contest page will be eligible. Contest valid from JerrysArtarama.com only.


  • Contest runs January 21st-February 26th, 2015.
  • Voting begins Friday February 27th, 2015.
  • Winners announced Friday March 6th, 2015.

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Have You Heard "My Story"?

Share Your Story and Win a $50 Jerry's eGift Card!

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you should be aware of our "My Story" page where we let you share your exciting stories about how art has changed your life. Tell us about how art and our art supplies have helped make a difference in your life and helped you better express yourself. And not only do you get to share your stories, but we might just pick your entry to win a $50 eGift Card to Jerry's  Artarama.com. And if you're still not sure what it is, check out our latest "My Story" winner!

I chose Jerry's because...

Jim here won a $50 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama and so can you. If you'd like to share your story for a chance to win, log on to www.jerrysartarma.com/my-story and tell us about the ways art has made a difference in your life. Once a month, we announce new winners via email and list them on our webpage. We choose about 4-6 recipients every month randomly and will contact those winners via email. Even if we don't pick you as a winner, we still will share your story with the world where people can read all about your experience and other artists, just like you.


We may even feature YOU in our next Mail Order Catalog. Everyone should have the chance to share their wisdom and experiences in art. So tell us your story today!


Once Again Science Says Art is Great for your Brain

As if we didn't already know this!

At this point, we know that art has multiple effects on our brain, can keep our brains healthy longer and have other health benefits that we might not know about. Here are some of them.

Our brains were designed to appreciate and process artwork. Recent studies have shown that looking at art can activate the pleasure centers of our brain. A study that had people looking at art noticed that the centers of the brain that process emotions and create pleasure were being engaged while the person was looking at art. Both sectors were triggered through an appreciation of art. 

 And although our brains make us feel pleasure through the act of analyzing artwork, our brains actually do more for us through the acts of creating art. In a 2014 study we've mentioned before in this blog, creating visual art increased brain activity and resiliency for the participants of the experiment. So basically, older people should be creating more art so that their brains stay more active. in the study, the brains of the participants were monitored for a few weeks while they created art in a classroom setting. At the end of the experiment, the study reported that the brains of the participants showed improved functionality in cognitive processes such as introspection, self-monitoring, awareness and even memory


This is your brain on art.

Another thing that viewing and creating art can do for us, is decrease stress. We've discussed how coloring books are being prescribed by French therapists in order to decrease stress, but now there is new information out of the University of Westminster that has found that viewing art can significantly decrease stress levels.

Doctors of the University of Westminster conducted an experiment where people self-reported their stress levels before and after viewing art at a local art gallery during their lunch breaks. Given 35 minutes to explore the gallery at their leisure, each person reported lower levels of cortisol, the stress creating hormone. 

So next time you feel like your job or home life is stressing you out too much, maybe a trip to the museum or pulling out your paints or art journal might just help relieve stress and lower cortisol levels a bit more than happy hour.

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