I recently had the wonderful opportunity to design for the posters and T-shirts for the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai’s 25th annual show. Along with the design I was also commissioned to create a painting based off of the design for the show.
This painting is to be silent auctioned off at the show with part of the proceeds benefiting the club. This is a sneak peek of the painting (not yet framed). I hope you will come by and see it along with the many works of art, and living art at the Santa Cruz Museum of Modern Art.
The show takes place Sat March 23 and Sun March 24 at the MAH Downtown Santa Cruz. Not only will the be beautiful trees and art on display, but 2 demonstrations as well by world renowned bonsai artists whose tress will be raffled off.
Come by, pick up a new tree and discovery your own creativity, or buy a T-shirt and help support our local bonsai club.
I wrote this post for the Discovery Learning Center last week and wanted to share it again here.
The question is not an easy task for some. Art easily takes a back seat to reading, math, science, and even sports in education these days. And it certainly isn’t on the latest test.
But ask yourself…
Can a lesson in composition resound with a future web designer, or a lesson on perspective later help with geometry? Or perhaps learning color theory will help a future physicist understand how light works? How about the visual and contemplative of any art piece that could inspire a poem, the next great work of literature, or any myriad of invention.
Art education is something that is as important in the classroom as it is in the real world. Art helps a person grow and to appreciate; to see the world from art’s own creative perspective. It helps one become a more rounded and cultured human being . Art isn’t just for the “artsy” either; any person can learn to appreciate art. Creating a piece of art can make a person find something in themselves they have not seen before, regardless if they have “talent” or not.
Art education creates thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, communicators, humanitarians. It nurtures the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation. Art helps a person to understand the human experience and helps to shape our identity.
Even the great innovators of the past and of today know and understand the importance of art as a part of education.
“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
–Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
The Discovery Learning Center runs many art and creative based classes from fine art to tie dye. Join us for the next Art and Great Artists Friday August 24th at 10 a.m. Or check the calendar for the latest workshop.
While I was on my bi-weekly Public library visit I stumbled upon a quite torn and tattered art book called No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within by Peter London. Judging by the condition I knew this book had to be much loved. It seemed to be the type of book that someone would read over and over. Even though it was written in 1989, I don’t think it’s out of date. In fact it seems even more relevant in our media infused world lost in a constant bombardment of input.
I know like most artist I struggle with doubt and worry too much about what others might like, or how others might feel about my art. All this does is stifle creativity. Awakening the Artist Within is what it says. It’s about letting go and finding your artistic voice again, the beauty of your own vision, and value of dreams. A kind of a artistic philosophy, laid out in a deep meditative process to understand self, and to make ones art a journey.
The second half of the book focuses on exercises, or encounters, designed to give the artist a unique creative experience.
I admit that I haven’t finished the second half of the book, but already I have gotten so much out of it. Little things Peter said just really hit home, and helped me to see that I need to just trust in myself and be a bit more fearless.