Here are the next 10 days of the #VernonArtsChallenge. Stay tuned for more! Do one a day, or as many as you choose! Don't forget to send us photos of your creations to post on Isolate & Create!
Feathers seem to be in almost every artist's home. Whether you collect them to just admire, or to write or paint with, make them part of your next art project. Use them as a stencil or stamp. Put them in a shadow box. Dip the quill in some ink and sketch with it, or write a letter to a friend. Paint something right on the feather. Or, maybe you could create a three dimensional bird or nest.
However the challenge inspires you....fly at it!
Have some fun and spread a little laughter to our loved ones.
Start by creating your own photo props, costumes, and word bubbles or word clouds. Make sure you have enough for each person in your home - pet's included! If you're on your own, that's ok too. Selfies were invented just for you!
Once your props are ready, start snapping those pictures. Then, send them to your friends, family, neighbours or post them online. You know we want to see them because we miss seeing your faces at the Arts Centre! These are a great way to spread some laughter to those stuck at home and to all those who are out there providing essential services.
Life is better when you're laughing.
Spring is a time of new beginnings. In the year 2020, Spring is also a month in which we are creating history. These are unprecedented times, and each one of us are living out the stories that will be told many years from now. So let's create a "visual time capsule" and chronicle these extraordinary times to share with future generations.
Grab a sketchbook, a piece of scrap paper, or give an old book a make-over and share a bit about what it's like to live through a pandemic, how you're spending your time, and how you're feeling. Sketch, draw, write, collage or take photos, but be sure to dedicate some time each day. Even if you're working on the front lines and have just two minutes, doodle on a napkin or jot down a word for the day. This is about sharing your unique perspective and representing what is true for you - it's not about creating a masterpiece.
Whether you do this exercise with family, friends, or own your own, we invite you to create a page per day for the next 30 days. Engaging in this type of daily art practice can bring a sense of peace and calm while also providing inspiration and a unique way for self expression.
We encourage you to share your visual stories by snapping photos of your pages and posting them on Facebook, Instagram or both. Use the hashtag #VernonVoices and #OKCreate in your post and be sure to tag us too!
Every Vernon voice is important so join the conversation, invite your friends and family to do the same, and let's create history together, while apART. If you'd like to add your voice to the Capturing History Project, click here to find out how!
Mindfulness is all about observation, and so is drawing. Both require you to slow down and pay attention. Drawing is a great way to practice mindfulness because it allows you to be focused in the present moment and observe the subject or environment in front of you. For those that think they cannot draw, this is the perfect exercise because it helps to release the judgement and harsh criticism that often keeps us feeling stuck.
Choose any object in your home to focus on. If you're feeling intimated by drawing random objects, try some doodling or using a method called Zentangle. Creating random designs and patterns is a great way to start. The repetition of drawing these patterns over and over again gets you into a flow, and can act like a meditation
Regardless of what you decide to draw, enjoy the process of being present and living in the now.
Good morning Vernon! As you know, the weekends are reserved for word prompts. So here ya go!
Remember to post your work on Facebook, Instagram or both. Sharing helps inspire others and keeps us connected. Use the hashtag #VernonArtsChallenge and #OKCreate in your post and be sure to tag us too! If you're not on social media, just email us here.
Today's weekend word prompt is Window.
Remember to post your work on Facebook, Instagram or both. Sharing helps inspire others and keeps us connected. Use the hashtag #VernonArtsChallenge and #OKCreate in your post and be sure to tag us too! If you're not on social media, please email us here.
Paint doesn't have to come from a tube, nor does it have to be expensive. Today we're experimenting with using a household staple to create our artwork.
For this technique, you can use both instant and regular coffee as paint. Instant coffee is a great time-saver since all you have to do is dissolve some instant coffee in water. Start by making 3 different hues and use it to paint a simple piece of artwork. Watercolour paper works best, but you can also paint on canvas, wood, or mixed media paper. As you get comfortable with this medium, mix up more hues and explore with using the coffee grounds.
Side note: Be sure to separate your morning coffee from your paint coffee. As an artist, we know the struggle is real.
Today we invite you to choose a 'famous' painter to learn from. Thousands of greats have come before us, from Picasso, van Gogh, Warhol and Pollock, to Kahlo, O'Keeffe and Kusama. Learn about their lives, study their work, and pay particular attention to their style and techniques. How can you incorporate that into your own work, while still making it your own?
Not a painter? Choose a sculptor, architect, fashion designer, ceramicist.
When you send it or post your pics, we'd love to know why you chose your particular artist and what you learned. Maybe you might just introduce us to someone we haven't heard about before.
Let's simply things today and create something with just one colour, or hue.
Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding black, (or grey).
Now you just have to decide on one colour! Ready, set, go to your palette!
"Art is when a Human tells another Human what it is to be Human" - Adrian Elmer
We started the Vernon Arts Challenge to help people stay connected through the visual arts. It was also our intention to keep our news-feed on the positive side of life, and making the challenges fun and light. However, it would be a dis-service to ignore the elephant in the room by asking you to create what is staring us in the face.
We know art is not always pretty, and often, it is about digging deep within to express the raw and the real, that which is difficult to put into words. Today we invite you to express what it is like to experience the Covid-19 pandemic, whatever that means to you. There are no other parameters around this challenge, except expressing your truth.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso
"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality" - Frida Kahlo
"Art is the only way to runaway, without leaving home." - Twyla Tharp
Are you ready to challenge your artistic mind and heart more? The final ten days of the #VernonArtsChallenge are here!