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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.

Creative Play: Exploring Shapes and Colors inspired by Sonia Delaunay

Creative Play: Exploring Shapes and Colors inspired by Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay (1889-1979), was a Ukrainian-born French artist who spent most of her career in Paris. Delaunay was known for her vivid use of color and her bold, abstract patterns,...
Creative Play: Color Grids inspired by Stanley Whitney

Creative Play: Color Grids inspired by Stanley Whitney

Stanley Whitney (b. 1946) is an American painter most known for his vibrant abstract grid paintings. Drawing inspiration from sources ranging from artist Piet Mondrian to quilt-making, Stanley creates richly...
Artist Spotlight: Alice Neel

Artist Spotlight: Alice Neel

Born in 1900, Alice Neel is best known for her portraits of people in her social circle, during a time when there was a diminishing interest in figurative painting (Abstract...
A closer look at the How-To Guides

A closer look at the How-To Guides

Something that distinguishes our kits from others is our how-to guides and creative play prompts. Below is a quick video introducing you to our how-to guides so you can get...
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE COLOR FIELD PAINTERS

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE COLOR FIELD PAINTERS

Color Field Painting is an art movement that emerged from Abstract Expressionism in the mid-20th century. In opposition to the dramatic, gestural works of the first generation of Abstract Expressionist...
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE FIGURATIVE ARTISTS...

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE FIGURATIVE ARTISTS...

For centuries artists have been portraying and interpreting the human form in a multitude of ways. Since the Renaissance, figure drawing has served as the foundation of training, a crucial...
Podcast Rec: Getty Museum's Recording Artists

Podcast Rec: Getty Museum's Recording Artists

As you know, a big part of A L P is learning about iconic artists who have shaped art movements over the past century or so. We love finding new resources to...
Warm Color Explorations

Warm Color Explorations

Recommended creative playtime: 10-20 minutes; 30+ minutes (you can spend as little or much time on this as you have to spare) Skill Level: All (it’s always all skill levels!)...
Cool Color Explorations

Cool Color Explorations

Recommended creative playtime: 10-20 minutes; 30+ minutes (you can spend as little or much time on this as you have to spare) Skill Level: All (it’s always all skill levels!)...
Watercolor Explorations

Watercolor Explorations

The ways to experiment with watercolor are endless. Here are just a few ways to play with watercolor, creating unique textures and effects along the way.  Water blooms Lay down...
How To: Intro VIdeo to Embroidery

How To: Intro VIdeo to Embroidery

  Art Life Practice Embroidery How-to Video from Berry Stein on Vimeo.
Creative Play: Checkerboard Dreams

Creative Play: Checkerboard Dreams

Simply draw a series of gridded lines to make several squares (like a checkerboard), and fill the squares with oil pastels, collage papers, marker, watercolor - whatever you have to...