Archive for December, 2008

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris: Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier is a unique name for a popular French architect, urbanist, painter and designer. His full name is Charles Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, a man famous for being one of the early pioneers of modern architecture which is also known as the Bauhaus or the International Style. Le Corbusier would exert great influence in the development of the Bauhaus movement in architecture that led to a birth of modern high design that is evident in many of the buildings and architectural structures of today. …

The Dancing House

The Dancing House is the popular name given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building located in downtown Prague in the Czech Republic. This unique building follows a very non-traditional design in that it does not have the typical shape of an ordinary building. While looking at the Dancing House, one would likened it to a building seemingly melting down on its foundations as it seems to fall out of form towards the base. The Dancing House was designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunic in collaborati…

The Amazing World of Dust Art

Dust art is a unique type of visual art. Its main medium is nothing more than a sheet of dust on a flat plane like a car window. In other words, a dashboard may serve as the canvas for a dust artist. Since the main component of art is creativity, dust art is taking art dilettantes by storm. And there is no one well-known in this kind of art than a Texan named Scott Wade. Scott Wade: The Dust ArtistThough dust art is not limited when it comes to being creative, artists may also do self-portraits …

Understanding Encaustic Painting

Encaustic painting is an art technique that involves the use of heated beeswax mixed with colored pigments that are then applied to a surface. The common surfaced used usually are wood although canvas as well as other materials may also be utilized. This method is also called hot wax painting since it involves applying wax in its liquid or paste form into a surface before it hardens. HistoryEncaustic or hot wax painting is actually an ancient method of art. Early records of this painting techniq…

Modern Encaustic Painting

Encaustic painting has enjoyed a revival of sorts with the availability of modern techniques now being considered as standard in the craft. This kind of panting technique was once shunned with the availability of new mediums that allow artists to paint without having to deal with handling hot wax. It may have been discouraging for many artists having to deal with making a fire trying to make hot wax consistent enough when being applied. Modern TechniquesBut with new modern techniques in place, a…

The Geisel Library

The Geisel Library is a unique structure that occupies an area at the University of California, San Diego campus. It is the main library in the campus and houses the Arts Library, the Mandeville Special Collections Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Social Sciences and Humanities Library. The library was named in honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel, more popularly known as Dr Seuss, and his wife Audrey who were residents of the area. DesignThe library building and its distinctive st…