Feb
19
2015

Please Do Touch -New Exhibit Allows the Blind to Touch Famous Pieces of Art

Madrid's Prado Museum Introduces Unique Art Exhibition for the Blind Guests feel a textured version of Velazquez's "The Triumph of Baccus" (image courtesy of Museo Nacional Del Prado) The Museo Nacional Del Prado (Madrid, Spain) opened its first exhibit for the sight impaired recently which allows people to touch recreated famous classical masterpieces. For the visually impaired, this is one of the first exhibits of its kind to cater to the audience with the intention of allowing all people sighted and non-sighted to experience famous paintings. It also might be one of the first exhibits where "touching the art" is actually encouraged i... [More]
Jan
24
2015

Adding Art Into Other School Subjects Makes Learning More Fun

Art is Important as a School Subject, but Can It be a Teaching Tool too?   Although many schools cut arts first in their search to slash budgets because of the expense of art supplies (the answer is that they aren't shopping at Jerry's where all the deals are), recent studies have shown that exposure to art can help students grow academically. So in response to cutting art class budgets, many teachers are integrating art into other subjects to help students learn. Not only have they found that teaching with art helps students raise their academic grades, but it can also boost self-confidence, creativity and school spirit.  So far, ... [More]
Nov
11
2014

Happy Birthday Paul Signac

This French Painter who helped develop Pointillism would be 151 today   Born in Paris on November 11th, 1863, this Neo-Impressionist painter came into the world with a mission to pursue a career as a painter. Inspired by an exhibit of Claude Monet's paintings, Paul Signac sailed around the great coasts of Europe painting impressionistic landscapes along the way. In 1884, Signac met Georges Seurat and was inspired by him to take a systematic approach to the impressionistic style he had been taken with in Monet's work. Although he experimented with a variety of media including etchings, lithographs and pen and ink sketches, his true artist... [More]

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