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The Golden Ratio in Art

The Golden Ratio in Art

Struggling to find balance in the composition of your artworks? Luckily for you, nature and the old masters show us a handy rule of thumb that can help you create visually stunning work.

Enter the golden ratio. Learn more about the formula in use for centuries, yet still unknown to many artists.

What is the Golden Ratio?

The golden ratio is a unique irrational number that can be found throughout nature and art. The golden ratio, also known as the golden mean or the Fibonacci ratio, is roughly 1 to 1.618.

Now, before I scare you off at the prospect of mathematics, let me explain why this number can be handy to your artworks.

This ratio is found in everything from shells to plants to human bone structure. Due to its prevalence in nature, designers and artists often use the golden ratio, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Use it to provide harmony, cohesion and stability in your art and design.

How Can You Use the Golden Ratio in Art?

The golden ratio is an excellent tool to help any budding artist create compelling pieces. It can take the guesswork out of subject placement, and proportions within your work.

Many people also use its geometry as the subject matter within their art.

So how is this done?

There are many ways to do this. One example is to use the ratio to design a compelling composition around which your artwork will evolve. The use of the golden rectangle or spiral can help you determine the layout and focal point of your artwork.

The Golden Ratio in Art, illustration showing how the Golden Ratio was used to establish the composition in a photograph

The golden rectangle, which is shown above alongside the golden spiral, is based on the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, …). These numbers make up the length of the sides of each square. As the squares get larger, you can place them beside the collection of smaller squares to create a rectangle. The ratio of the sides of this rectangle is equal to the golden ratio.

Use this rectangle to design your composition and also to highlight points of interest. For example, if you have visually appealing areas, like a landmark in a landscape or someone’s eye in a portrait, using the golden ratio in art can help you strategically place these landmarks to improve the overall composition and draw the viewers eye.

You can also use the ratio when designing the layout of your piece. Web and graphic designers will often use the golden ratio to divide up a web page or construct a logo. Thus, the proportions of the different elements are all related, based on the golden ratio.

The Golden Ratio in Art, illustrated in the design of the Twitter logo

How Will You Use the Golden Ratio in Art?

As you can see, there are many different ways to include the golden ratio in art. From composition and design to breaking down the proportions of the human body, the way you use it can be as simple or as complex as you want. Consequently, it is the perfect way to add an extra layer of balance and harmony to your composition.

Southern Oregon Artists Resource thanks Nathan Hughes of ArtIgnition.com for contributing this post! For an in-depth article with tips, tricks and tools,  please visit their post by Chelsea here: https://artignition.com/golden-ratio-in-art/

51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

For National Arts in Education Week

Let’s be bold about the “non-academic” benefits of the arts.

Schools are feeling pressure to direct their dwindling resources toward academic subjects. Hence, it’s little surprise arts educators try to make the case that learning the arts enhances academic outcomes. While this may be true, it is a flawed approach that doesn’t do justice to the arts. The point of Arts Education isn’t just to boost academic achievement! So let’s not fall into the trap of framing it that way.

Learning arts cultivates cognitive abilities, nurtures positive character traits, and fosters critical thinking. It also expands awareness, increases empathy, and develops an array of social skills. And that’s just the beginning.

Here are an incredible, evidence-based 51 benefits of Arts Education for kids:

51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

Learn more about these benefits (and the studies and papers from which they were sourced) over at We The Parents: https://wetheparents.org/arts-education

National Arts In Education Week

 

National Arts in Education Week 2018
Dear Artists, Arts Professionals and Art Enthusiasts,

Join us in celebrating National Arts In Education Week 2018 from September 9-15.

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.National Arts in Education Week 2018

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, Congress and the Administration, proposed drastic cuts to the authorized funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.

In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.

This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Click to send a customizable letter to the editor of your local paper now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

After taking your actions, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 9-15, 2018 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.

  • Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
  • Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
  • Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.

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Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 logoOn Thursday, June 21, and Friday June 22 artists throughout the Rogue Valley paint en plein air as part of the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 event. The event is sponsored and produced by the Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon and Central Art Supply.

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Public Events

Artist painting En Plein Air for the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 eventSouthern Oregon Plein Air 2018 concludes on Saturday, June 23rd, at Art Presence Art Center. Art Presence is located at 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. At 9:30 am artists participate in a Quick Paint competition—super fun to watch! Quick Paint continues until 11:30 am.

Paintings created for the “Petit Pleintures, En Plein Air” show will be on display on the front lawn of Art Presence all day long. Petit Pleintures is a show of small plein air works. All paintings will be 16″ AT MOST in any dimension and created in the last year and a half. Oils are painted on minimum 1 1/2″ gallery wrapped canvas with painted edges, and watercolors are properly matted and framed under glass or plexiglass. Don’t miss it! Petite Pleintures pieces are available for purchase June 23 from 10 am–5 pm ONLY!!

All paintings submitted for jurying will be on display inside the gallery for the “En Plein Air” show. The En Plein Air exhibition of the work of southern Oregon’s finest plein air painters continues through July 29, 2018.

Nationally known plein air artist and SO Plein Air 2018 juror Aimee Erickson demonstrates her plein air skills from 12:30–2:30 pm. This demonstration is open to the public.

Awards Ceremony and Reception for the Artists

After Aimee’s demo, stay for the Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception from 3–5 pm. While mingling with talented artists, you should have many opportunities to discuss painting with the participants and perhaps even with the juror! This is your chance to see all the winning paintings. View the show and make arrangements to purchase your favorite.

SOSA May 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

SOSA May 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

The Southern Oregon Society of Artists meets at 7:00 on Monday, May 21.

Correction: Please note that the date for the May 2018 monthly meeting is Monday, May 21.

House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

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House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

Tuesday night, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee advanced legislation to fund the nation’s federal cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

We are happy to report that under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), the Subcommittee allocated increases of $2 million to both the NEA and the NEH, bringing their budgets up to $155 million each for FY 2019. Thanks to your impactful grassroots advocacy work, this is the same appropriation level that we requested on Arts Advocacy Day this past March.

Up next, the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill next week before it moves on to the full House and then to the Senate. We’ll need to watch the progression diligently because weakening amendments or perhaps opportunities for even bigger increases can happen along the way as we move into the mid-term Congressional elections this November.

The voice of arts advocates was clearly heard. Help us keep pressure on Congress by contributing  to our Campaign to Increase Funding for the Arts in America.

Teddy Abrams Speaks About Music at Rogue Gallery Tonight!

Art and Music have always gone well together…. and that is why
the Rogue Gallery and Art Center

and Britt Festival are excited to blend music and art this year!

Teddy Abrams Speaks About Music at Rogue Gallery Tonight!

May 18, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Third Friday Downtown Medford Artwalk

Teddy Abrams will be at the Rogue Gallery to talk about his passion – music.

 

Teddy Abrams is a versatile musician and widely-acclaimed Director and Conductor of the Britt Orchestra. He plays the piano, clarinet and composes. A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams fosters interdisciplinary collaboration with organizations including the Louisville Ballet, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

In addition, on the May 18 Third Friday Art Walk the Rogue Gallery will celebrate two new exhibits. The Main Gallery exhibit “Art in Bloom: Darla Baack, Vera Melynk & Kathy Morawiec” features Mosaics, Glass & Paintings. The Community Gallery exhibit “Seductive Pathways: Photographs by Vivian McAleavey” displays mysterious and beautiful photography. Come meet these talented artists.

Refreshments and wine will be served. Wine provided by Weisinger Family Winery. May 18th at 6:30 pm, Teddy will bring his keyboard and talk about music at the Rogue Gallery. Don’t miss this special event!

The Rogue Gallery wishes to thank the sponsor of this event:

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Truck Load of Frames & Canvas Sale Encore Today and Tomorrow!

Truck Load of Frames & Canvas Sale Encore - Art Explorations Mini Workshop Leather Painting with Angelus Paints Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

 

The. Truck.  Is. COMING. 

It’s back for an encore! This weekend, find the perfect frame or canvas for your next masterpiece and check out

Central Art’s Truck Load of Frames & Canvas Sale

THIS Fri. & Sat. May 18th & 19th

& save BIG!

 

The truck will be pulling in this weekend, stocked to the brim with fresh frames in all different styles and sizes, so be sure and catch this second chance at great values before it rolls away!

Visit Central Art!

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Participants painting in Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon

 

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018

 

 GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Fun with Flowers - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Fun with Flowers - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonSketching from Life: Fun with Flowers
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 12th
1 – 4 pm

Learn or develop your skills in drawing from life.
We will sketch fresh flowers
We can use pencils, pens, or charcoal.
Work on creating good values, realistic lighting
Improve composition
All skill levels welcome

$30. All materials provided.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Paint Like Alex Katz - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Paint Like Alex Katz - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonPaint like Alex Katz
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 19th
1 – 4 pm

Contemporary painter Alex Katz is a master at simplifying compositions. His artwork has been exhibited over 700 times and he is one of the most famous living painters. In this class we will:

Have fun learning tricks to simplify a painting to make it stronger
Learn to plan our colors ahead of time
Beginning students can copy one of his works, and more intermediate, advanced, or adventurous students can bring in a photo and we will paint it in Katz’s style.
Leave with an acrylic painting

$30. All materials provided.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Animal Drawing - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonAnimal Drawing
with Bobbi Baldwin
Saturday, June 2nd
10:30 – 4

Paint your beloved pet or favorite animal, open to all mediums (except oil). Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals. Whatever your favorite fur or feather animals are!
We will work on learning the anatomical structure of bodies and faces as well as how to best portray them.
We will also work on composition, color theory, techniques, and painting.
Beginners through advanced artists—all are welcome.

$85. Materials list to be sent to you. (Most materials available for use at the Museum if needed).

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Art Journals with Karen O'Brien - Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonArt Journals
with Karen O’Brien
Saturday, June 16th
10:30 – 3:30

In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread.
All you need to bring to class is:

Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
OR
Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages

*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.

$45.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Advanced Figure Drawing - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonAdvanced Figure Drawing
with Bobbi Baldwin
Friday, June 22nd &
Saturday, June 23rd
10:30 – 4

Bobbi returns by popular demand!

An in-depth study of how color theory applies to the human form. This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to draw the human form. It will also apply color theory to the way you draw the figure – including how shadow and light can make your work far better. You will leave with a stronger knowledge of how to apply light and shadow, keep them separated, and how to draw anyone in any position.

$150. Materials list will be sent to you.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonHow to Paint Waves
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, June 30th
1 – 4 pm

Learn how to paint convincing waves
Where it the light in the wave?
What colors make a convincing wave?
Learn about transparent vs opaque colors
Learn about the difference between Mineral Inorganic colors and Modern Organic colors – finally find out what all those crazy paint names are about!
Great color theory class that will apply to other subjects too!

$30. All materials included.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Vision Boards - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonVision Board
with Candy Rosenberg
Saturday, July 14th
10:30 – 4:30

Have you ever wanted to make a vision board?
A vision board is a powerful tool that helps you narrow down your desires through the power of manifestation. This tool helps you to invest the time and energy to visualize your future and consistently remind yourself of your life goals. This workshop is led by Candy Rosenberg of Soulworks. You will be not only be creating a vision board, you will be guided by a life coach to learn what you want in life and how to get it. We will provide everything you need, just bring your smile. This course is normally $125, so be sure to take advantage of this special workshop offering.

$55. All materials included.

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97528

Natural Painting Workshop in Italy!

NATURAL PAINTING & FRESCO WORKSHOP IN ITALY!

Natural Earth Paint founder and artist, Leah Fanning, will be teaching a Natural Painting & Fresco Workshop in a magical little village in Northern Italy in September!

Based in the foothills of the Dolomites, 30 minuntes from Venice, the workshop will be led by Leah and Alma Ortolan, Italian fresco artist in the ancient / natural techniques.

Lodging & studio will be in the historic and elegantly restored Palazzo Galleti and amazing home-cooked Italian meals will abound!

Find all the workshop details here….
http://www.artinnitaly.com/make-your-natural-paint.html

Spread the word, only 9 OPENINGS for this workshop!

Sunday, September 16th-23rd
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

LOCATION:
Palazzo Galletti B&B Boutique Hotel
Via Roma, 70 -31029 Vittorio Veneto, TV – Italy

For more info, you can contact Leah Fanning at:
www.fanningart.com
[email protected]
541-890-6533

Hope to see you there!