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The Lego Brick Art

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Lego is an unconventional medium for art pieces, which is why it took galleries a long time to accept it. But Former New York City corporate attorney Nathan Sawaya saw its potential and used it for his artwork. His art pieces are focused on inspiring the youth’s creativity during museum exhibits. The artist said that the people’s reaction at his large structures is a great satisfaction. He is particularly fond of the kids’ jaw-dropping reaction upon seeing his sculptures made from Lego.

The artist shares to kids the value of patience in creating a masterpiece. In his case, he glues the Lego bricks together so the sculpture is intact when shipped. To refine what he’s created he uses a hammer and a chisel to add or subtract pieces when something doesn’t look right. This way he’s able to achieve the appropriate emotions or curves.

The Art Revolution Foundation was established by the artist in 2014. The foundation helps in propagating art in schools and homes. Sawaya points out that marble blocks aren’t the only ones that will help hone a child’s artistic inclination, in fact, the Lego blocks are a good alternative and everyone can afford it.

His passion for Lego as a medium for art is contagious, that everyone who sees his masterpieces is encouraged to be creative artists themselves. He combines 2-D and 3-D to draw more attention to Lego Bricks’ potential in the world of art. His creations are literary Pop Arts (because they seem to pop out from their background). Anyone will surely be amazed by them, and the imagination can go wild!

His life-size masterpieces can be seen on the streets of Cincinnati aside from the Museum Center. Indeed, the ex-lawyer realized that art is a road that can pave the way for success and satisfaction, far from what he thought when he chose his previous profession.

 

Arts and Crafts for Kids: Modeling Clay

An art may also be done by children for fun, and at the same time, this can be a way for them to discover and learn activities that would take them to becoming creative individuals for the next generations to come.

Arts and Crafts are one of the most creative artwork in history which has been a great influence in different parts of the globe. Professional artists can make an extravagant artwork with just by using their hands; they create beauty in the world.

One of the easiest arts and crafts work is Modeling Clay. Kids started to love making clay. Aside from having fun, they are learning more.

Natural Clay


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Clay is a 100% natural material, ideal for kid-sized hands. Because of the soft texture, it is easy to work with your hands or with the use of tools from the kitchen or a play dough-style set. Your clay needs to be kept in a damp cloth whilst you’re working, and then all together keep it in a plastic bag ready for the next time.

Molding clay is just like baking cupcakes. Only really necessary for clay models with very delicate parts that can crack if the clay’s not baked. Baking clay can’t be done in an oven because of the very high temperatures needed. You may seek advice from a local arts and crafts association to find out where you can bake your models.

Fimo Clay

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The pleasure of deriving from Fimo oven hardening clay and others like it, is the mixture of colors to try out: to create either a monochrome effect or a marbled effect.

Here’s the approach for a monochrome effect starting from one color that will appear again and again.

  • Configure and flatten out two squares of the same size but different colors of Fimo clay.
  • Cut it crosswise and swap over 2 halves of different colors.
  • Cut each of these new squares lengthways four times. By pounding each strip, you have a unique color that can be freshen at will. Or else construct a marbled upshot of subtly differentiated intensity.

Marbling in Fimo clay

1. To obtain a marbled effect, first knead two colors individually to soften. Obtain a 2/3 base color and 1/3 marbled color mix.

2. Make two long coils of the same length.

3. Roll the thinner coil onto the thicker one, and then form a new and well smoothed tube.

4. Fold this in three by folding back each of the ends.

5. Make a new coil by stretching while smoothing out.

6. Repeat the whole operation one to three times.

7. The last time you fold the ends inwards, instead of extending the coil, shorten it, all the time smoothing it with the flat of your hand.

8. The marbling will be perceptible, in other words, the secondary color has taken on a greater number of shades. The thick coil consists now of more than just two colors and can therefore be cut up to create beads.

What can Pointillism do?

What is Pointillism?

  • Considered part of the Post-impressionist
  • It was invented by painters George Seurat and Paul Signac.
  • Form of painting in which tiny dots of primary-colors are used to generate secondary colors.
  • It is an outcome of Impressionism, and is usually categorized as a form of Post-Impressionism.
  • More focused on the particular style of brushwork used to apply the paint.
  • An influence on Fauvism.
  • A style of painting in which small distinct dots of color create the impression of a wide selection of other colors and blending.

When was the Pointillism movement?

Pointillism reached its peak in the 1880s and 1890s after the Impressionist movement. Artists continued to use many concepts and ideas in the future.

What are the characteristics of Pointillism?

  • In Pointillism, the painting is made up entirely of small dots of pure color.
  • While Impressionists used small dabs of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism took this to the next level using only small dots of pure color to compose an entire painting.
  • The technique relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color spots into a fuller range of tones and is related closely to Divisionism, a more specialized form of the process.

Examples of Pointillism

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

 A famous painting by George Seurat. It is over 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The painting is done with tiny little dots of pure color. Seurat painted it for around two years. See it for yourself in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sunday by Paul Signac

Sunday by Paul Signac

In this painting called Sunday, you can see his technique. The colors are vivid and the lines are quite sharp when viewed from a distance. The painting is of a classic Parisian husband and wife spending Sunday afternoon together in their home.

Morning, Interior by Maximilien Luce

Morning, Interior by Maximilien Luce

Luce used Pointillism when painting scenes of people at work. This painting shows a man getting ready for work in the morning. The colors are vigorous and the early morning sunlight entering the room through the windows is seen clearly.

Interesting Facts about Pointillism

  • Seurat called the style of painting Divisionism when he invented it, but the name was changed over time.
  • The smaller the dots, the more explicit the painting and the sharper the lines, just like with the screen resolution on a computer monitor.
  • In many ways Pointillism was as much a science as an art.
  • Vincent Van Gogh experimented with the Pointillism technique. It is apparent in his 1887 self portrait.
  • The style often used dots of complementary colors to make their subjects more vibrant. Complementary colors are colors of the opposite tone, for example red and green or blue and orange.

Great painters left us with memories we can never forget. If people still exist, there will be unending paintings and artworks that would beautify the entire world.

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