I hope the first week of The 10 Steps of an Emerging Art Collector gave you a glimpse through the door of your own art possibilities. This week will will take the next step -
Appreciate Art is becoming fully aware of art. You already are to some extent just by virtue of reading this. But we'll take it up a notch by developing better observation skills and personal opinion thorough an over exposure to art.
In order to Appreciate Art you've got to be exposed to artwork. And a lot of it. And different kinds. By viewing a lot of good art you will subconsciously start to register patterns, movement, value, color, composition and content. And continue to absorb the intricacies of the profession.
Which is sometimes easier said than done since it's not your full time job to look at art. But, the internet is our friend and will aid in Advancing our Art Understanding. It's a way of having the art world come to you. Here are a few more ways and places to look at large groupings of art. Did I mention the internet is our friend?
4 areas to explore this weekend
When you go through these sites follow the suggestions below -
1 Art Competitions
Art Competitions - Watch for winners of art competitions. An art contest will show lots of different artists and their styles in one place. The winners for these events are usually the best in contemporary artwork. It helps to see what the art galleries and artist peers think of the work. These contests are held annually so that every year you can expect to them.
Sometimes they're a little tricky to find so I've listed a couple. They tend to keep up many of the winners work until the following year.
• Art Renewal Center's"International ARC Salon"
This one is my favorite, so many wonderful paintings!
• Greenhouse Gallery's "Salon International"
This is one that I've won awards in, in the past.
• Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Finalists
Entered but didn't make in into the show
2 Education Packets
Education Packets - This is an compilation that a museum does for teachers as a resource for their students. Not every museum offers them and not all are as good as the school I am an alumni of. This is an excellent way to go through art because it has a little art history, artist perspective, discussion points, images, and activities. You can take this as far as you want to.
• Walter Wick Explore the world of make believe
Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic
• Windows on a Hidden World
Japanese Woodblocks Prints
• Masterworks of Victorian Art
3 Art Publications
Art Publications - These are a little different than the magazines that you find at Barnes & Noble. Their focus is a little less commercial and some incorporate poetry.
• Art Wall International Contemporary Art Mag
* Modern & Contemporary Art Paintings, Prints
• O & S Art, Poetry, Interviews, Reviews
Art Galleries - It is a tough economic time for galleries but there are still thousands of them with many great artists. Here are a few to look through. The first 2 are from the West Coast and the last is from the East Coast.
• John Pence Gallery Contemporary Painters
• Wendt Gallery 4 Genres of Painters
• Winkleman Gallery Contemporary Artistis
You could spread this out over the week
I did warn you in the beginning that it was an over exposure to art. There is no getting around the idea of becoming an emerging collector without looking at a lot of art. Hopefully, you are having fun in the process of learning. And I hope I've made this process a little simpler with the addition of the links. Enjoy exploring all the creative expression this week.
Date Night Idea: Pick up some great Chinese food takeout. Bring a laptop to the couch (or the park.) Sit together going through the links I've provided and talk about the art with an eye toward the art principles that I've listed above.
Share how it's going.