Growing up, I loved art class. I may not have been the best at drawing, but it was fun and helped me to relax. In elementary school, I would stress over my art work looking like my classmates. Middle school was a blur for a lot of reasons. High school changed things. My freshman Studio Art teacher was an amazing woman. She inspired me to be myself in my art. She told me not to worry about what others thought and enjoy.
Thanks to Ms. W, I continued on with art every year in high school. I took several classes that were on painting and, in my last year of high school, art, pottery, and sculpture filled the end of my day. Art classes were something that was a perk for me. I was lucky to go to a school that had a variety of options in high school. Then, in college, while working on my teaching degree, I took an Art & Learning course. This course was a lot of work, but oh so rewarding.
I remember studying different artists over the years during classes. My bedroom was decorated with Monet’s Water Lilies and I adored it. Art appreciation continues to be part of my life. JSL’s nursery school class recently completed a unit on artists. They studied Seurat (one of my favorites thanks to his dots) and here is JSL’s version of Mondrian:
So my question to you this week is inspired by my love of art:
Who is your favorite artist and why?
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.
I love artwork of all kinds. I don’t really have a favorite “famous” artist. I love the modern day (not to be confused with modern art) work of Thomas Kinkade and Greg Olsen.
I do have a “faux” Kinkade and a real Olsen but the rest of our house is full of modern contemporary art that NY is in love with. Because he loves it … it’s grown on me. ;D
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Awww I really don’t have a favorite artist. My house has bare walls.
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I don’t have a favorite artist. However, we do have a few original pieces of Lavarne Ross’s work that I love.
I don’t really have a favorite artist but I do love the work of Thomas Kinkaid. I would love to have a big painting of his to hang in my living room but that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon :)
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I really don’t have a favorite artist.
It really is true that teachers make a difference. :) I don’t have a favorite artist, but I love things that are unique and classy – or classic. ;)
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I don’t have one but I am more into art that depicts real life not impressionist or cubist type stuff.
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I have loved Thomas Kinkade since the 90’s and finally was able to purchase one of his works of art last year. I love it. I love the lighthouses he paints, beautiful!
Seurat for me too. Remember Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ? The scene at the Chicago Art Museum and A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte? My sister and I joked that we would recreate that scene when we were there- funny thing was you couldn’t help but be entranced by that painting. You just stare and stare.
I just watched a documentary on Jean-Michel Basquiat that was so interesting.
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I love art, but I don’t follow who does it really. I just see something and I love it. Wish I could buy it.
I love depictions of real life. Like a painting or sketch of a mother giving a child an apple, or tying their laces.
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My favorite artist was my grandfather. I have many of the paintings he made, including the clown that is so lifelike its eyes follow you around. I still don’t know why you won’t let me hang that up! ;-)
Marc Chagall. For so many reasons :)
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and my all time love
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Favorite artist? Who can choose only one? There are so many wonderful local artists as well as well known it would be impossible. Things I personally own, sculptures, Movie Concept Art, Film Cells, even hand crafted fine jewelry.
I love non traditional art, something that grabs the soul and does not let go.