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Your destination for all things related to art, culture, and creativity. From artist spotlights and to how-to guides to articles on the science of art and wellness, our goal is always to inspire by way of educating.

Make Art and Activate Your Effort-driven Reward Circuit!

Make Art and Activate Your Effort-driven Reward Circuit!

Fun fact - did you know that using your thumb requires more brain activity than moving a larger area of our body, such as our back or our legs?  Engaging...
Modern Motherhood: From Warhol to Beyoncé

Modern Motherhood: From Warhol to Beyoncé

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re highlighting five uniquely powerful portrayals of mothers in contemporary art. Awol Erizku, Beyoncé, 2017This photograph of the Mother of All Mothers, Beyonce, was taken in 2017...
3 Science-backed Reasons Why Adults Love Coloring Books

3 Science-backed Reasons Why Adults Love Coloring Books

3 Science-backed Reasons Why Adults Love Coloring Books  It’s no secret that adult coloring books have become a very popular phenomenon in the past several years. This phenomenon has helped...
5 Reasons to Cultivate a Creative Practice

5 Reasons to Cultivate a Creative Practice

At Art Life Practice, we are on a mission to help you cultivate a creative practice to promote positive wellbeing. Here are five reasons why we all need more casual...
The Look of Love Captured in Art History

The Look of Love Captured in Art History

For centuries artists have been portraying moments inspired by romantic love in a multitude of ways. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are four of our favorite artworks that capture...
How to Host a Vision Zine Party in 7 Easy Steps!

How to Host a Vision Zine Party in 7 Easy Steps!

One of the (many) cool things about art is that it can be a solitary experience or a social one, without sacrificing an ounce of significance either way. And the...
How to Start a Daily Creative Habit

How to Start a Daily Creative Habit

According to James Clear’s Atomic Habits, we create good habits by making them “obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying.” How can you make casual creative play your newest healthy habit? Here...
10 Thoughtful Gifts for the Gifting Maven in You

10 Thoughtful Gifts for the Gifting Maven in You

We put together this Art Life Practice guide to gifts that spark creativity, calm the mind, and open the heart. Collage Kit: For the Pinterest Addict Gift this best-selling all-in-one...
Colored Pencils vs Oil Pastels: All You need to know

Colored Pencils vs Oil Pastels: All You need to know

Oil Pastels vs Colored Pencils: What is the difference between the two?  Oil pastels and woodless colored pencils are two of my favorite creative media, and I wanted to share...
Free Printable Colored Pencil Swatch Template

Free Printable Colored Pencil Swatch Template

We've created a free printable blank color swatch chart for you to fill out when you receive your Colored Pencil Roll. This color swatch template is easy-to-use and an excellent way to begin your creative...
Free Printable Watercolor Color Swatch Chart

Free Printable Watercolor Color Swatch Chart

We've created a free printable blank color swatch chart for you to fill out when you receive your Watercolor Kit! This color swatch template is easy-to-use and an excellent way to begin your...
Three Artists Using Colored Pencils in Their Work

Three Artists Using Colored Pencils in Their Work

Colored pencils are a popular medium for artists and non-artists alike, as they are accessible, easy-to-use, and offer a variety of techniques and mark making. Here are three examples of iconic 20th...