Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto

South African Art History – Gerard Sekoto 9 December 1913 – 20 March 1993 The Life and Art of Gerard Sekoto Gerard Sekoto was a South African artist and a musician. He is recognised as the pioneer of urban black art and social realism. His work has been exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Venice, Washington, and […]

Art and its Importance in Occupational Development

Occupational Development

Art has many important functions in the lives of us all. Particularly with children art can be used as therapy – both emotional and occupational. Children develop different fine motor skills which are age and progress specific, and art can help you as the parent or teacher to gauge where a child’s development is in […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 10 The Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Michaelangelo 1508-1512 Vatican The Sistine Chapel. Now when I was 18 I visited the Sistine Chapel and it was an amazing experience and when I went outside there were two Australian girls and they walked up to me and with a strong accent asked ‘what makes this painting so special?’. Now, everything inside the Catholic […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 9 Las Meninas

Las Meninas

Velázquez 1656 Madrid Velázquez’s Las Meninas. Well this painting is quite  an insane painting and it really really changed painting and this is why it’s so important. Usually oil painting would be a royal king or queen or kaiser or other royal someone standing on their own isolated wearing very wealthy robes, furr, all the […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 8 The Birth of Venus

The Birth of venus

Boticelli 1485 Uffizi Florence Venus by Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli is probably one of the most famous Renaissance artists, it’s important to know the great Renaissance artists and just the order that they came in because we’ve got early Renaissance, middle Renaissance, high Renaissance, and it’s important to know where you are in the Renaissance because […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 7 Girl with the Pearl Earring

girl with the pearl earring

Johannes Vermeer 1665 Netherlands The Girl with the Pearl Earring, a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer. Why is this amazing painting so famous? Once again it summarises a very important Zeitgeist in history. This is a painting capturing the Dutch Golden Age. She is also known in a loving way as the Mona Lisa of […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 6 The Kiss

The Kiss

Gustav Klimt 1907–1908 Vienna Allow me to introduce you to The Kiss, such a beautiful and intimate painting, done by none other than Gustav Klimt. It is about 1.8 metres squared. Now this painting, believe it or not, was seen as sacrilege, scandalous, pornographic, sexual and way too intimate be displayed in the public. So, […]