Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional Drawing has seen something of a renaissance in the last twenty years in the UK. From the Campaign for Drawing to the Drawing Research Network, from the Drawing Room to the Rabley Drawing Centre, we've witnessed a proliferation of passion, effort and energy matched by increased museum exhibitions, dedicated degree courses, professors, publications and conferences. All of the above have been established in pursuit of understanding, developing and promoting drawing, and many inside and outside the sector endure to evidence drawing as both the most sophisticated means of thinking and communicating, and an activity for all. In the 1990s dedicated resources for drawing were much thinner on the ground. At Gloucestershire College of Art (now University) my team taught a structured programme that started with an intensive drawing course as the introduction to the underpinning systems and principles of visual language and painting in particular.
The Pleasure Of: A Video Compilation of Life’s Most Pleasurable Moments by Vitùc Taking the first bite of a watermelon. Cracking an egg. Floating in the ocean on a sunny day. These are brief, seemingly inconsequential moments that almost immediately slip from memory as they pass, neither life-altering or particularly remarkable, and yet taken together they become a sort of texture of our lives. Filmmaker Vitùc recognized the importance of these small moments and collected several dozen of them in his new video short called The Pleasure Of that was shot in part with an iPhone 4s.
50 Powerful Photos Capture Extraordinary Moments In The Wild These amazing photos show animals in a way that you’ve never seen them before. Each image serves as a reminder that we share the planet with some truly awe-inspiring creatures. John Chaney / National Geographic Ian Schofield / National Geographic Goat kids playing at 14,000 feet Simon Chandra / National Geographic Underwater Experiments Continued: Wonderful New Photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov Since first covering the photography of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov (previously) back in January his self-directed “Underwater Experiments” series has continued unabated as he releases other-worldy shots of the Earth’s most elusive creatures almost daily. Again and again Semenov captures some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of underwater life I’ve ever seen, most frequently an animal called lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) which is the largest known species of jellyfish in the world. What you see here only scratches the surface of his work over the last couple of months, definitely urge you to get lost in his underwater gallery.
Kids Crafts: Clothes Pins Mermaids Welcome back to this week’s Kids Crafts – when we made clothes pins mermaids! Clothes pins mermaids have been “yet another” craft that have been on my mind/ to do list for AGES! I was waiting for my kids to be big enough to actually have a go and make some themselves. And as our clothes pins pirates showed it is very clear quite how much Red Ted LOVES colouring clothes pins. One week Red Ted’s nursery was “doing Mermaids and MerMen” and this was my opportunity. Red Ted was hooked. I then decide to make on for our Craft Book. Materials: clothes pins, pens/ paint, funky foam, glue and glitter. Red Ted’s: Painted his Mermens’ bodies in his chosen colours. I then cut out a semi circle out of funky foam, shaped it into a fin and we glued it in place. My mermaid: I painted the fin in a blue – the same colour as the fin. Done. Pip Squeak did have a go. Join the Kids Get Crafty linky party! This linky list is now closed. I hope you liked our Clothes Pins Mermaids and that you have a go too!
Composite Photographs Blend Scenes from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Present Day In this series of carefully photoshopped images, photographer Shawn Clover created composite photographs that blend historical scenes from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and his own present-day captures of the same locations. A number of other artists have created similar images, most notably Sergey Larenkov’s Ghosts of WWII, but Clover really seems to have put in extreme amounts of effort in trying to determine how each photograph precisely overlaps the other, resulting in some fascinating interactions between past and present. Clover’s work is broken into two parts, Part 1 was created in 2010 and Part 2 was completed just last month. (via Laughing Squid)
Noah Kalina Updates Self-Portrait Video to Include 12.5 Years of Daily Portraits (4,514 Photos!) Photographer Noah Kalina has been taking a self-portrait each day for the last 12.5 years as part of his aptly titled Everyday project. Six years ago a video chronicling six years of portraits set to music by Carly Commando took the internet by storm spawning legions of people to embark on similar self-portrait projects. This morning Kalina released an updated video containing some 4,500 photographs shot from January 11, 2000 through June 30, 2012. Here they are all at once. Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Spin Painted Apples! Spin art using a salad spinner is hands down one of the most favorite activities with 2 and 3 year olds. They love the entire process and master it quickly. (And once they do, they want NO help from anyone!) This post contains affiliate links. Once again, these handy squirt bottles are perfect. Paper was cut into apple shapes and placed in the spinner. The top was placed on the spinner and the fun began! Our 3 spinners each have different tops. When finished, pull off the top and see the results. We finally ran out of paper and it was time to clean up, but I think they could have done this for hours! Our apple tree is quite fruitful! This idea was featured at: This idea was shared at: Available from Amazon: <a HREF=" This post contains affiliate links. 230 Flares3631910×230 Flares
Terra Cibus: Food Photographed with A Scanning Electron Microscope by Caren Alpert terra cibus no.2 / chocolate Cake (320x magnification) terra cibus no.3 / celery Leaf (85x magnification) terra cibus no.34 / pop tart (450x magnification) terra cibus no.32 / shrimp tail (230x magnification) terra cibus no.10 / kiwi seed (320x magnification) terra cibus no.7 / coffee bean (85x magnification) terra cibus no.22 / lifesaver at 17x magnification terra cibus no.23 / purple onion (230x magnification) terra cibus no.24 / Oreo (15x magnification) terra cibus no.6 / red licorice (20x Magnification) San Francisco-based fine art and commercial photographer Caren Alpert combines her loves for photography, food, and art in these gorgeous photos taken with an electron microscope.
How To Make Your Own Scratch Off Cards! DIY TIME! In my Black Friday post, I mentioned that I was giving away these Secret Savings cards with the first 25 orders! Now, I'm going to show you how to make them! It's the easiest thing ever, all you need is this stuff: Liquid dish soapSilver acrylic paint (the dollar store!) Then you'll need to grab your tape. Now, mix up your scratch off solution! Paint over the tape you applied with the paint solution. You'll need to let this layer dry completely before applying another layer. That's pretty much it! Like this tutorial?