I started this blog as a way to keep up with my interest in non-traditional art and art in general. I have a background in arts administration and education with a focus on outsider and self-taught artists.
I also enjoy teaching children and young adults to make art using affordable and found materials while using their intuition. I believe that art should be fun, non-intimidating, and accessible to all individuals regardless of their abilities.
Topics on this blog include the following:
- Art projects for children
- Studio art programs that support artists with disabilities (or different abilities)
- Artists who work with non-traditional materials (toothpicks, bottle caps, recyclables)
- Eccentric places, such as houses made out of bottles or mosaic sculpture gardens
- Work by outsider and self-taught artists, but not limited to these categories
In case you are not familiar, I have included a few key terms that you may come across on this blog.
Outsider art: Outsider art refers to artists who are working outside of the mainstream art world with little or no formal training. One important distinction is that many of the artists create their work without concern for whether or not they have a public audience. In some cases, it can be a spiritual calling or obsessive desire. Many of these artists are beginning to gain well-deserved recognition in the mainstream art world. However, as this continues, the term “outsider art” is becoming controversial or perhaps obsolete. Some prefer to use the terms: self-taught art, visionary art, or non-traditional art instead. Examples of well-known outsider artists include Henry Darger, Lee Godie, and Martín Ramírez.
Visionary Art Environment: In case you are not familiar, I have included a few key terms that you may come across on this blog. Visionary Art Environments range from houses made with unusual materials to eccentric sculpture gardens. Many of the artists use discarded objects and found materials to create their environments. Well-known examples of art environments include Simon Rodia’s Watts Tower, Tom Every’s Forevertron, and Nek Chand’s Rock Garden of Chandigarh.