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Escape in art

‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.’

This quote has been attributed to several people, including Pablo Picasso and John Lennon. But what did the author actually mean?

How many times I have heard that ‘oh, I am not creative at all’ or ‘I hated art classes at school and am still covered with cold sweat if I am asked to draw a stickman’. Sound familiar?

My response is ‘Can you write your own name?’ and if the answer is yes, then you can draw. The drawing as an act itself is not a problem here, the issue come with what others think about it. The ‘grow up’ part of the quote means ‘society thinks that your artwork is not appropriate’, is not in accordance with the ‘norms & conventions’. That’s why we stop.

Do you doodle when you are on the phone with somebody? Do you make notes and then start colouring the letters in or make a squiggle on the corner of the page without even thinking about it? Majority of us do. Why? Because this is how your brain relaxes. Nobody will see your doodles besides you. It can (and probably will) go straight to the bin. But how did it make you feel? A bit relaxed? Perhaps yes, perhaps not, but the bottom line is, you managed to express yourself.

So take 5 minutes when no one is watching and draw. What’s the worst that can happen?

But if you have more than 5 minutes, say 2 hours, why not come to our next art class. See all classes here.

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Unleash Your Inner Artist / 18.02.2019

This February we had another successful art class with great attendance. We had a similar composition as last month and were focusing on how to measure different elements of the composition (and understanding the relation to one another) and how to shade and create an illusion of three-dimensional objects.

Unleash Your Inner Artist is a monthly art class for adults with no or little previous experience in the arts. Each month we go through a different topic of drawing. The aim of the class is to offer easy to follow steps which participants can take on board and follow at home. Each class is different as we welcome new participants as well as our regular students.

Unleash Your Inner Artist takes place every third Monday of the month at the Lost & Found in Birmingham. The next class will take place on Monday, 18th March 2019 at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. As places are limited, please book in advance via Eventbrite.The event ticket is £21.55 (including all materials, hot drinks and Eventbrite fees).

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Unleash Your Inner Artist / 21.01.2019

The first art class of this year took place on the 21st of January. The assignment was to draw a composition of various shapes and colour contrasts. The participants learned how to measure different elements of the composition and how do they relate to each other. The second learning point was about shading and distinguishing which colour is darker and which lighter. And finally, how to show the objects are three-dimensional and have different shapes (cube, sphere, cylinder).

Unleash Your Inner Artist is a monthly art class for adults with no or little previous experience in the arts. Each month we go through a different topic of drawing. The aim of the class is to offer easy to follow steps which participants can take on board and follow at home. Each class is different as we welcome new participants as well as our regular students.

Unleash Your Inner Artist takes place every third Monday of the month at the Lost & Found in Birmingham. The next class will take place on Monday, 18th February 2019 at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. As places are limited, please book in advance via Eventbrite.  The event ticket is £21.55 (including all materials, hot drinks and Eventbrite fees).

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Unleash Your Inner Artist / 17.12.2018

Unleash Your Inner Artist is a monthly art class for adults with no or little previous experience in the arts. Each month we go through a different topic of drawing. The aim of the class is to offer easy to follow steps which participants can take on board and follow at home. Each class is different as we welcome new participants as well as our regular students.

Previously we had various still-life exercises like drawing a lamp, wine bottle and glass and skull. In November, we focused on proportions how to copy an image from a photo. In December, we went back to the traditional still-life drawing. We use pencil and markers, however, we also have introduced vinyl cuts and creating collages.

Unleash Your Inner Artist takes place every third Monday of the month at the Lost & Found in Birmingham. The next class will take place on Monday, 21st January 2019 at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. As places are limited, please book in advance via Eventbrite.  The event ticket is £21.55 (including all materials, hot drinks and Eventbrite fees).

The event takes place at the private board room at the Lost & Found, therefore children are also welcome to the event.

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Why do we need art at home?

For some people, having an artwork in their home seems to be obvious, but not for everyone. Here are a couple of thoughts on why artwork at home is a good idea.

A picture is worth a thousand words’ – what is the artwork at your home saying about you or to you? Art can evoke a lovely memory or have a special meaning and representation. The artwork is a great tool to initiate a discussion and evoke creativity. It is a way of expression. Your choice of artwork at home shows your taste and how much effort are you willing to put into showcasing great work. However, not all art looks great. But this doesn’t matter as long as it carries a meaning to you.

Featured image is a sample of  DJ’s artwork in the living room. See full DJ’s portfolio here.

An original piece of art brings a bit of personality to your home – we are constantly surrounding ourselves with more and more automated and digital equipment. Having an artwork which is created by a person adds warmth to your home. All artists find this being a great honour that their work has been displayed. Especially in such an intimate place as someone’s home.

Whatever is the reason for having an artwork at home, make sure that there is a meaning to it. The artwork is more than just a pretty picture which compliments the cushions on the sofa. Art is not a substitute to the wallpaper or colourful wall. All art is a decoration, however not all decoration is art.

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Unleashing Inner Artists

In August 2018 we have introduced a new initiative – Unleash Your Inner Artist. These are art classes for adults with no or very little art experience. Our aim is to show that creating art is more about the process and the enjoyment of it rather than purely focusing on the end result. The classes take place once a month on every third Monday of the month. Participants can come to just one class or visit regularly. Unleash Your Inner Artist is developed in a way that there is something new to do each class. We focus mainly on developing various drawing skills, which participants learn and can implement whilst drawing independently. All materials are provided on the spot and the participants can take their artwork with them at the end of the class.

Unleash Your Inner Artist in September 2018

Unleash Your Inner Artist art classes are run by Jaanika Okk, founder of Okk Arts. Jaanika has diverse experience in teaching in Estonia when she is originally from and in the UK. Jaanika has studied Arts in Tallinn (Estonia), Canterbury, and London.  She holds degrees in fine arts, specialising in printmaking at Estonian Academy of Arts, and earning a Master of Arts in Arts and Project Management from Birmingham City University.

Unleash Your Inner Artist is held at the Lost & Found in Birmingham city centre. This is a restaurant with a private function area, where the classes take place. The classes are aimed towards adults, however, we also welcome parents with younger kids as the classes are tailored to cater to various skill levels.

Here are overviews of all classes taken place so far.

Unleash Your Inner Artist October class

Cost

Classes cost £21.55 which include all materials, hot drinks and booking fees. You can book either via Eventbrite link (search  ‘Unleash Your Inner Artist’) or on spot via cash or card. However, if you are intending to pay then, please let Jaanika know in advance that you are attending either by e-mailing: jaanika@okk-arts.com or calling 0121 572 6935

Gift cards

If you are looking for a present to someone who already has everything, then Unleash Your Inner Artist Gift Card is a perfect solution. Each card is handmade and different so you can have an actual piece of artwork as a Gift Card.

Gift for one art class costs £22 which includes also postage. If you are interested, then please e-mail jaanika@okk-arts.com or call 0121 572 6935

Testimonials

Find out what some of the participants thought about the event


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Unleash Your Inner Artist / 19.11.2018

Unleash Your Inner Artist is a monthly art class for adults with no or little previous experience in the arts. Each month we go through a different topic of drawing. The aim of the class is to offer easy to follow steps which participants can take on board and follow at home. Each class is different as we welcome new participants as well as our regular students.

Previously we had various still life exercises like drawing a lamp, wine bottle and glass and skull. In November, we focused on proportions how to copy an image from a photo. Technique wise, we mainly focus on pencil and markers, however, we also have introduced vinyl cuts and creating collages.

Unleash Your Inner Artist takes place every third Monday of the month at the Lost & Found in Birmingham. The next class will take place on Monday, 17th December at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. As places are limited, please book in advance via Eventbrite.  The event ticket is £21.55 (including all materials, hot drinks and Eventbrite fees).

The event takes place at the private board room at the Lost & Found, therefore children are also welcome to the event.

 

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Artwork at home – location and message

Finding a perfect artwork for your home is all about taste and relation. You either like it or not, it either suits with the environment or not. Worst of all is if you just don’t care because then there is no point of having the artwork at all. The artwork has to communicate with the viewer and one way or another, it has to generate an emotion.

What it is that creates emotions? Well, that is entirely subjective. There are a couple of tips that will help. Bear in mind that I am not talking only about wall-mountable two-dimensional artworks, but also about freestanding sculptures and ceramic art. Think about the location and message – which room do you want to place artwork in and what kind of emotions would you like it to project?

Is it a bedroom, where you would like to have something calming with smooth colours. Perhaps some inspirational quotes to read in the morning whilst getting ready for the day. In the living room, the central room of the house, you would like to showcase a statement piece. Perhaps commissioned painting of the family or something less depictive and general abstract work? Something which compliments who you are and what is your taste. For kids rooms, have something they can relate to. Characters from their favourite movies for example.

Whichever artwork you choose for your home, make sure that it represents something for you. Otherwise, it will not be any different than just a wallpaper.

The article was originally published at November edition of HEM Life: https://issuu.com/philby176/docs/hem-life-november-2018