Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Complex Meanings behind Hand Gestures in Buddhist Art

This blog post by Kelsey Ables uncovers the meanings behind the variety of hand gestures often found in Asian Art.
According to the article "To understand Buddhist art is to understand a rich language of vibrant colors, intricate jewelry, and symbolic gestures. One facet of its sweeping lexicon, mudras, or hand gestures, offer a framework to begin to unpack the nuanced visual culture of one of the world’s most widely practiced religions.

Read more on Artsy.net to find out more about common hand gestures and their meaning

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Public Domain Review

 The Public Domain Review website aims to share materials, specifically those that have fallen into the public domain.  The site features Collections and Essays and can be searched by medium, time, or tags. They have images, books, film, and audio.

As their website explains, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.
In particular, as our name suggests, the focus is on works which have now fallen into the public domain, that vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restriction.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Important dates to remember for Palomar's Art Department students

 The Spring Semester is well underway and we have a few dates to mark on your calendar!

  • Wed., April 24:  art scholarships due

• Thurs., April 25:  faculty judge student work

• May 1-21:  Student Exhibition

• May 1-4:  Art Sale

      • Fri., May 3:  Open House (5:00-8:00)




Monday, November 5, 2018

Ashely Kim ceramic artist visits Palomar College Art Dept

Ashley Kim will be visiting the ceramics dept Monday 11/5
learn more about the artist at her website:

Demos and Lectures will be 9:30-11

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Art Institute of Chicago offers free High-Resolution images

The Art Institute of Chicago has opened up much of its digital archive to the public. Now, website users have unrestricted access to over 44,000 images  under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
View the collection here

 What this means, according to the Art Institute, is that these images can be downloaded for free on the artwork’s pages. In addition, the Institute has also enhanced image viewing capabilities on object pages, allowing viewers to see the works in greater detail.

You can explore the cRyerson and Burnham Archives, search by architect or artist, or by city.

There is also a Visual Artist Oral History Archive under development. Suggested topics for the interviews include:
academic study, family background, cultural influences, gallery affiliations, exhibitions, awards, artistic influences and the role of Chicago in their work and career.  Explore the oral history archive here

Thursday, April 26, 2018

HENI Talks-like TED talks but all about Art

HENI Talks is a non-commercial initiative produced by HENI an international arts services business headquartered in London. We work with leading artists and estates across publishing, print-making, photography, digital publishing, film and art research.
We have developed HENI Talks as part of a broader commitment to supporting art education and widening public access to art.

HENI Talks is dedicated to sharing insights about art history from leading artists, curators and academics on film.
They have a growing catalogue of short films aims to open art up to the wider public, and create a platform through which everyone can learn about art history.

The talks appear to be between 8-15 minutes long and are on a variety of topics ranging from Masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and paintings from Titan to more contemporary work by Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst.  There are currently about 20 talks available with more on the way.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The new and improved Dictionary of Art Historians

 The Dictionary of Art Historians, www.arthistorians.info, after a year long redesign the site announced a new interface, data structure, and user options.  The tool has been around since 1996 and was developed privately by Lee Sorensen, the art and visual studies librarian at Duke University.  The new Dictionary of Art Historians offers searchable data on over 2400 art historians, museum directors, and art-writers of western art from all time periods. 

        New features to be added in the next year include:

  • Additional filtering capabilities on the “Explore” page;
  • Ability to export filtered entries in open data formats;
  • Additional resources for citation management;
  • New data fields;
  • New and updated entries. 
According to their About me page

The Dictionary of Art Historians is a free, privately funded biographical dictionary of historians of western art written and maintained by scholars for the benefit of the public. It became associated with the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies of Duke University in January of 2010. From 2016 on, it has been sponsored by the Wired! Lab for digital art history & visual culture. Initially conceived as a methodologic tool for English-language readers, it seeks to compile the documented facts of an historian's life in order to serve as a background for understanding a specific text and the historiography of art.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Take the X-Rite Color Challenge!

The X-Rite Color Challenge  will help you know how well you see and interpret color.

1 in 255 women and 1 in 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency.

This online challenge is based on  the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test however it is not the complete test. It is recommended to have an understanding of your interpretation of color if you will be employed in a creative field or enjoy artistic activities.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Unsplash - photos for reuse

Do you need some images for a project? Unsplash is a community of photographers who share their work and allow it to be reused.

According to their website the Unsplash license states

"All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
More precisely, Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash."

Of course it is appreciated if you give credit to the photographer.  The website has features allowing you to browse categories or search by collection.   It would be a good resource for a graphic design project. Categories include business, nature, technology, food, and more. When you select a photo it will also show you similar or related photos. It also displays different ways to search or expand your search.

Here is an example of a search for cake 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

College Art Association Podcasts

CAA provides a series of podcasts discussing professional-development topics for artists.  Topics include Administration, budgeting, fundraising, mentorship, travel, job seeking, grant writing, and marketing. A list with their description is available on the CAA website here  The podcasts were developed for use by artists, art historians, curators, and nonprofit art professionals and are very informative.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Art Story

The Art Story is a website and an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Michael Zurakhinsky who hopes it will demystify Modern Art and further art appreciation.

The website has information on:

322 Artists
79 Movements
68 Ideas
6 Timelines

Artists can be looked up a variety of ways including name, movement and country. The artist pages are full of bibliographic information, important artworks, and influences and artistic connections making this site a great resource for artist research.

The timelines of modern art graphically and logically illustrate the progression of modern art.

The ideas section of the site defines vocabulary words and concepts prevalent in the study of modern art

Be sure to check out this resource when you are looking for information about modern art and artists!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art

Harvard University’s Cyberlaw Clinic and metaLAB have created a free guide for making protest art while navigating intellectual property law.

Protest art which can consists of posters, songs, poems, installations etc... has been around for a very long time but social media has changed the way it is spread and shared.  Protest art can spread rapidly and be shared via the internet. On one hand this is great but on the other hand it can leave artists vulnerable, uncompensated for their work, the work can be stolen and advertised as someone else's or misrepresented.  This is why lawyers and creative minded folks have put together this guide which is available online here and free to access and use.

Hyperallergenic also writes about this very important guide in an article filled with lovely illustrations by Jessica Yurkofsky.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Watercolor Painting 1 & 2

Looking for a Spring Semester class? Freelance artist and 17 year Palomar teacher Ken Joudrey is offering Watercolor Painting 1 and 2 next semester

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ArtCenter visits Palomar College on Oct. 17th

Next Tuesday Oct. 17th the ArtCenter of Pasadena will be visiting the Art Department of Palomar College to talk about their exciting degree programs.  ArtCenter offers 13 different Bachelor's Degrees including degrees in advertising, animation, and fine art.  Representatives will be at the Art Dept to answer questions about their programs and the admissions process.  Checkout more about the ArtCenter on their website: http://www.artcenter.edu/index.html

Thursday, September 28, 2017

9 Italian Art Terms You Should Know!

The article 9 Italian Art Terms You Should Know written by Sarah Gottesman is a great study tool for those interested in Art History. The 9 terms on the right are defined and explained with examples of artworks that feature them.









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