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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: Shape Exploration

Creative Play: Shape Exploration

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!)...
Creative Play: Line Exploration Prompt

Creative Play: Line Exploration Prompt

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...
The Secret to Happiness? Being in a state of FLOW

The Secret to Happiness? Being in a state of FLOW

Psychologist Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues in his 2004 TED Talk (viewed by almost six million people at this point) that the moments when we feel happiest and most fulfilled personally...
Everyone can Benefit from Art Therapy

Everyone can Benefit from Art Therapy

 One could safely argue that we are living in truly unprecedented times. While our collective anxiety seems to rise by the day, we have always found art making to be an...
MIT Scientists Make the Case for Lifelong Kindergarten

MIT Scientists Make the Case for Lifelong Kindergarten

The Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab spreads the spirit of kindergarten to learners of all ages and backgrounds. Researchers there argue that to thrive in today’s fast-changing...
How To: Oil Pastels and Watercolor

How To: Oil Pastels and Watercolor

One of my favorite mixed media combinations is oil pastel and watercolor. I love the effect of mixing the two - or rather the way that the oil and water never mix...
How To: Intro to Watercolor

How To: Intro to Watercolor

There are many ways to approach watercolor and we want to share a few introductory techniques that you can experiment with as you begin your creative practice.  Wet on Wet  This...
How to: Create shades and gradients with watercolors

How to: Create shades and gradients with watercolors

This exercise will help you get comfortable with using one shade of color to create different values in a seamless manner, otherwise known as the ombre.  Start with your dry...
How To: Intro to Oil Pastels

How To: Intro to Oil Pastels

We love oil pastels for lots of reasons - their versatility, user-friendliness, they play really well with other art forms - just to name a few. We love oil pastels...
Artist’s Spotlight: Georgia O’Keeffe

Artist’s Spotlight: Georgia O’Keeffe

 “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”  Georgia O’Keeffe drew inspiration from the...
Fun Feels Good (and it's good for us)!

Fun Feels Good (and it's good for us)!

In a recent New York Times article, researcher and author Catherine Price presents her findings on what precisely makes us feel most engaged and alive.  It turns out that, “Many people...
Artist's Spotlight: Frank Bowling

Artist's Spotlight: Frank Bowling

We recently revisited the work of Guyana-born British artist Frank Bowling, and haven’t been able to stop gazing longingly at his lusciously painted artworks. Born in 1934, Bowling moved to...