There’s no doubt that drawing is good for people of all ages. For children especially, sketching offers a way to learn things that you just can’t grasp from swiping or tapping on a screen. There are many benefits for kids as they begin to draw. One advantage is building fine motor skills; learning how to hold a pencil helps a child develop specialized movements with their hands, fingers, and wrists.
While in recent years world-class institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art have made an effort to make their public...
Nowadays, nearly everyone has a great camera on their phone.
Peering inside the pages of a rare, old book is any bibliophile’s dream come true. While such a treat was once reserved for seasoned collectors and expert conservators, recent digitization projects have made these antique titles accessible to all kinds of audiences—including the youngest generation of readers. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, the Library of Congress has added a treasure trove of 70 rare children’s books to its ever-growing online archive.
When you’ve got creative block, sometimes the best remedy is to go outside and draw what you see.
The beauty of blooms have inspired artists for centuries.
Have you ever struggled to articulate yourself during an argument? It can be hard to get your point across during heated moments, which often leads to even more frustration and unresolved issues. But arguments aren’t always bad—they can actually be healthy if they’re dealt with in the right way. If you want to learn how, check out Critical Reasoning For Beginners: a series of free, online lectures led by Oxford University’s philosophy professor Marianne Talbot.
Portrait painting is a tricky subject.
Drawing can be challenging. You can practice for decades and never feel like you’ve fully mastered it.
Still life is an iconic subject in art history. For as long as people have been creating visual work, there has been a desire to record the things that we own. Through drawing and painting, these pieces give us viewers some insight into the lives of others. As artists they’ve got another benefit—by drawing from direct observation, it allows us to hone our skills to make us better at our craft.
With the proliferation of social media and smart phones, it’s hard to imagine a time before photography.
Learning to draw is one of life’s great pleasures. While many of us start (and indefinitely pause)