Amazing Artists and Makers

This is my collection of creative people – usually makers or artists or designers of some sort, but sometimes I’ll throw in someone who is creative in another way.

I’m obsessed with the minds of creative people – from their habits to motivation and inspiration, and I love to share these finds with you.

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Non-Traditional Art Materials

Copying master paintings is a traditional way for students to learn about making art. You are forced to look really closely at the piece you are copying in order to get all of the colors, shading, shapes, etc. correct. Established…

Art Prints Giveaway!

You guys! You guys! You guys! Today is good stuff. I am bringing you a holiday-fun giveaway from Penny of Halfpence Designs. You may remember a couple of her pieces I featured in my post on Wall Art for Kids,…

Artist Spotlight: Joseph Cornell

I love Joseph Cornell because he wasn’t a formally trained artist. He collected little things, beginning with items his father would bring him. He had a natural eye for design and composition and somehow gravitated toward working with shadow boxes…

Teenagers Make Art: Ella Digregorio

I have an in with the teens. Why am I so cool? My stepkids. They’re in high school, so I have access to this elusive underground culture. Actually I didn’t really know I had access, but my step daughter told…

Kid Halloween Art

Happy Halloween, everyone! Today’s post is just some excellent kid Halloween art I found. I love seeing all the renditions of ghouls and monsters that spring forth from kids’ minds this time of year.   by: Misterymoor   by: Edenpictures…

I Love John R. Neill

I first discovered John R. Neill in college when I bought a postcard with one of his Jack Pumpkinhead and Sawhorse illustrations on the front. I found these characters simultaneously creepy and wonderful, and it retained an honorable place as…

Binth

The other day, my sister and I were wandering aimlessly around Forest Park (IL), and spied something cute in a window, so we followed the cuteness and found ourselves in the most wonderful place I had seen in a while.…

Mosaic Art With Kids

I am in love with mosaics. From the time I majored in Ceramics in college, I have been inspired by all of those tiny little bits of material that can be arranged to create a finished piece, full of movement…

Do Legos Inspire Future Architects?

If you think about it, Legos are an incredible learning toy. Okay, that’s a lame intro, but I have a budding Lego-lover, so I have cause to think about them quite a bit lately. And play with them quite a…

Lisbeth Zwerger

Do you know about Lisbeth Zwerger? She’s the kind of illustrator who makes me regret not studying illustration at school instead of, um, ceramics.   Her style is old fashioned, quirky and nostalgic. Her illustrations are the sort that kids…

Let Me Introduce You to Anchal

I got an email last week that damn near made me tear up, and it took me a while to figure out why I had such a strong reaction to it. It was from Emily Turner, from Anchal Project, that…

Kids Learn Installation Art- Andy Goldsworthy

I am so excited to be writing about Andy Goldsworthy for my second artist who makes installation art. (read about a Patrick Dougherty art project here.) Like Dougherty, Andy Goldsworthy uses the great outdoors as his medium and gallery. He…