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5 Ways to Make the Most out of Art Class

Art class can improve anyone’s life, from talented artists to the novice sketcher that doodles in their notebooks. However, when finally taking the leap and enrolling into one of the fun classes we have on offer at ArtPazionate there are a few ways to make the most out of art class. Here’s 5 quick and easy ways that will help you make the most out of your art class, subsequently ensuring you have the best possible experience.

1. Come with An Open Mind

Sometimes we are too focused on things we want to accomplish and doing things in a particular way. Art is all about going with the flow, trying new things and finding pleasure in the different. When you enter and participate an art class, come with an open mind. This will help ensure you aren’t putting too much pressure on yourself or taking yourself too seriously, subsequently allowing you to derive the most pleasure from the course.

2. Don’t be Afraid of Messing up

Art class is all about learning, there is no need to meet infractions with frustration or anger. Mistakes are all part of the learning process. Instead of fearing mistakes, you should lean into them. Mistakes can often lead to amazing discoveries (such as Penicillin), you may reveal a new shade of color you love or find a new style that suits you better.

3. Come Prepared

While most classes don’t require a lot of preparation, the best way to get the most out of the class is to do your homework. If your course requires quick prep before you arrive, take the 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to ensure it is done. This ensures you enjoy the course to the fullest and that you’re not stressed out during the class.

4. Choose the Right Class

To ensure you thoroughly enjoy the class you’re taking and make the most out of it, it’s essential that you choose a class that inspires you. This isn’t to be confused with a class that comes naturally to you. By all means pick something you’re not comfortable with or you’re known to have difficulty with. The only essential criteria is that you’ve picked something that doesn’t bore you. If you’re into water colour but have always been intimidated by it, sign up for a class. If you’re excellent at prints but have always been interested in oil paintings, give it a shot. If you’re interested in the art, it’s the right class for you.

5. Be Easy on Yourself

Be easy on yourself, don’t fret about how well others are doing or compare yourself to the other students. Everyone is on a different art journey, no one should feel pressured to excel. The goal of art is to nourish your life and cultivate your skills. It’s not a competitive sport and at ArtPazionate we live by this philosophy.

 Making the most out of art class can be done by following these 5 simple steps.  Sift through the courses we have to offer and follow these steps to ensure the most joyful experience possible.

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3 Ways Art Enriches Your Life

Glancing at great art is a little like falling in love, our brain produces dopamine and takes you to new exhilarating heights. Art appreciation improves and enriches your life exponentially, it incites creativity and an appreciation for things the mind often wanders past. Put simply, art enriches your life in ways you could never imagine. Here are 3 ways Art does this, otherwise known as three reasons you should be incorporating art into your life through daily art classes.

Art Heals

In this day and age, where the world doesn’t seem to pause and your schedule is relentless it can be easy to neglect the time needed to heal. Giving yourself the time to heal from a traumatic experience or a stressful period is essential to advance in personal growth and wellness.  Art is therapeutic in nature and visual expression has been a medium for healing throughout the centuries. Art therapy hands you the key to unlocking your true self through the creative use of materials to expressing your subconscious thoughts. Talent is not an element in art therapy, it is in fact irrelevant; the principle of art therapy is to foster your subconscious thoughts, subsequently resulting in a soothing, stress-free medium of therapy.

Art and the release of Feel Good Power on the Brain

Ercole Vellone and Al informed that among stroke survivors, those with an invested interest in the arts found their health and sense of motivation improve. They had better health in general, found it much easier to walk and tend to be happier. These scientific results suggest that art has long term effects to the brain that help a person cope and recover when things go wrong.  This is further supported by Abraham Maslow’s, American Professor of Psychology, ‘Pyramid of Needs’ which confirms that art improves the quality of life through self-actualisation. In essence studies show that the release of dopamine due to art is not a short term effect, instead it acts on the mind continuously and enriches the quality of the subject’s mind.

Art is an Inspiration

The positon of Art in human kind has never been under-estimated, in fact its ability to create change and allow self-actualisation has always been acknowledged as a powerful concept. This is why in the 1920’s, the height of the Nazi’s influence, there was an explicit urge to regulate art in Germany. Art was turned into a propaganda tool, the community restricted from creating art of the free mind to circumvent a rise in morale and potential mutiny. Art was harnessed as a weapon to propagate a particular stream of belief instead. This illustrates just the power art has on a society and individuals alike, it is able to create incomprehensible feelings and improve the quality of your life.

It surprisingly easy to neglect the things that improve the quality of our lives in lieu of more important tasks. However, it’s pertinent to take the time to allow yourself the room for self-actualisation and growth. A daily art class or fortnightly art class will help you achieve this and at ArtPazionate we are passionate about helping your realise the power art can have in your life. Peruse through the classes we have to offer and settle upon one which entices you the most, we promise you won’t regret it.

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Why send your kid to Art Class?

Studies have shown that exposure to art in the early stages of a child’s life promotes activity in the brain, paving the foundation for the development of valuable life skills. Children have an amazing active imagination, when cultivated and nurtured correctly can benefit their future. Here are a couple reasons why you should send your child to art class.

Physical Skills

The most prominent development you’ll notice upon sending your child to art class is their physical progress. Painting helps develop your child’s hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. A developed hand-eye coordination will benefit all the physical aspects of your child’s life from catching a ball to throwing a dart. Constant practice of art further helps children master their fine and gross motor skills. It also makes them more aware of their surroundings.

Expression and Communication

Art is a highly subjective and intuitive medium, it allows children with a form expression and communication that is invaluable. In the words of Leo Tolstoy ‘Art is the activity by which a person, having experienced an emotion, intentionally transmits it to others’. Emotions can be a difficult thing for children to grapple with, they cannot fully comprehend why they are feeling a certain way and only that they feel it whole-heartedly. These can cause a lot of tension and stress in their leave, inevitably amounting to anger or sadness. Pent up emotions can lead to severe behavioural issues and self-induced social isolation. Daily art classes provide children with a healthy way to express themselves and communicate with others when they find it difficult to. Having an outlet to analyse your feelings is a necessity, for children art is the perfect medium to do so.

Cognitive skills

Art ignites creativity in the minds of children, ensuring that they tackle problems in a creative manner. Art classes helps children expand their imagination and aid in the problem-solving abilities. Thinking out of the box is a coveted skill that is hard to learn, encouraging this skill in the early stages of a child’s life through art classes will ensure that they approach their problems in an innovative manner. Encouraging creativity also allows children to see more than just the tip of the iceberg, widening their perspective and equating them with the tools to tackle all problems.

Social Skills

Participating in art classes will equip children with the necessary skills to understand, adapt, respect and relate to other people’s way of thinking. Ensuring that your child is introduced to a social learning environment at a young age will ensure they develop a sense of independence and self-discipline in a relaxed environment.

Art is something that can benefit everyone’s life, especially children. Take a look through our site to see the classes we have to offer and sign your kids up. We promise they’ll love it!

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3 Ways Art Pazionate’s Workshops can help your Business or Team

A team that works well together will be more effective, productive and successful than a team that struggles to maintain significant relationships with one another. However, building a team can be hard work and most team-building activities lack a creative component. Creativity is an important and vital skill to a team as it encourages a team to think out of the box and tackle problems in an innovative way. Providing businesses or team with an Art Workshop is the perfect way to induce creativity and create a strong foundation in relationships. At Art Pazionate we offer a plethora of art workshops that can help your team or business in 3 different ways.

1. Encourages a Creativity

Modern research has revealed that active involvement in visual art allows the ‘right brain’ capabilities to flourish. This is useful to a team or business as it increases an individual’s ability identify both specific elements of a situation and the bigger picture. It will further help improve awareness and effectiveness in communicating with people via a visual modal; ensuring that everyone’s attention is captivated at all times. As mentioned prior, creativity will also help encourage an innovative approach to things. Furthermore, visual art is also therapeutic in nature and can help people attain a sense of balance and calmness, subsequently allowing them to engage issues with a level-head.

2. Breaking the Ice

Breaking the proverbial ice can be a challenging task to accomplish in  a team. Often people mistake professionalism in a team with distance. However, a team can remain professional and maintain a friendly relationship. Allowing your team or business the opportunity to engage in a teambuilding event such as art class will help break down barriers, spark laughter and create a bond between members. Light-hearted events like Art Pazionate Workshops will help new teams feel at ease with one another and reinforce the bonds of older teams.

3. Forging Strong Bonds

There is nothing that brings a team closer together than forging bonds through laughter and failure. Art Pazionate allows your team to do this in a relaxed and informal environment. Art takes practice and each team member’s trial and error is sure to provide joy and comedic content. This will help a team create long lasting and fond memories, instilling them with a sense comradeship. To encourage this, our canvas painting class allow individual canvases to be joined together to create a larger picture; a reflection of how every individual is an important and vital part of the team.

Our workshops are designed to help facilitate team work and creative out of the box thinking. We offer workshops in Canvas Painting, Paper Quilling Art, Lino Art, Tote Bag Painting + Stencilling, Fashion Water Colour Illustration and Self-Portrait Watercolour Illustration. All workshops can be tailored to suit your needs. They are set in a fun, relaxing environment to facilitate the creation of lasting bonds between team members. Some workshops span over a two hour period, making it a great lunch time or late afternoon team building activity. We invite you to peruse through the workshops we have to offer and pick one which intrigues you the most.

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An Introduction to Lino Art

Watercolor painting, acrylic painting, oil painting, drawing – these are the typical art forms that come to mind when one talks about art. Despite its rich and long-standing history, linoleum (lino in short) art is not the art form most turn to when seeking to try something new because it looks complex. It is, however, quite to opposite. Here at Art Pazionate, we aspire to bring you exciting new experiences and lino art is one of them!

So, what exactly is lino art? Lino art is simply carving your own printing plate from a linoleum block with various carving tools. The lino printing plate is then smothered with ink and impressed onto a piece of paper or fabric (think: carving the rubbers of a rubber stamp). The actual printing is sometimes done with a printing press, but, in present day, is mostly done by hand. Lino art is one of the simplest forms of art yet can also become extremely intricate and detailed if you want it to.

 

Dating back to the 1800s, linoleum was initially created as floor coverings to replace expensive wood and metal blocks because it is cheaper and less time consuming to manufacture. Soon, it entirely replaced wood and metal in the field of block carvings due to the nature of its material. Linoleum is softer, especially when heated, which allows artists ease of carving and more flexibility to create intricate pieces. Despite the ease of carving linoleum allows, it can sometimes lack the character a woodcut may deliver due to its grains and angularity. Pablo Picasso started using linoleum in the early 1900s, resulting in the spike in its popularity.

 

Now that we’re done with the ‘what’s, let’s move on to the ‘how’s.

Step 1: Look for a shape or pattern you would like to replicate and trace it out on a piece of tracing paper with a pencil. Do note that the design will be flipped upon printing so you should carve the design accordingly.

Step 2: Flip the tracing paper over and retrace the lines so the previously drawn lines will transfer onto your lino block. At this point, the shape should be a mirror image of what you wish to have.

 

Here’s where the fun starts.

Step 3: Whip out your tools and start carving! You should first carve the outline of your shape, then carve the surrounding material away. This will result in your desired shape being the only smooth surface left on the lino block. Patience is key!

Tip: never carve towards yourself for safety reasons and don’t use too much strength lest you carve a hole through the lino block.

Step 4: Now that you’re done carving, use an ink roller or simply smother some ink over the smooth surface of the lino block.

Step 5: PRINT. Look for a surface you wish to print the shape on, it can be a piece of cloth or a simple piece of paper, and stamp the lino block onto it.

Viola! There you have it, your own lino art.

With just these simple steps, novices and experts alike can enjoy the fun of lino art. If you are keen on being the next to experience the pleasures of lino art, join us at our 2 hour Lino Art Workshop and bring home a block that is uniquely yours!