When people say the word Art, for most of us the first thing that comes to mind is a painting. From a young age we are taught about famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, L.S. Lowry and the many others, which gives us a clear idea about what art is.
But art can come in many forms, not just paintings. The essence of art is creating something beautiful through use of your own imagination and natural talents. This means that art can be sculptures, tapestries, singing, acting, dancing, cooking, growing flowers – the list is endless.
The two most satisfying things about art are the sense of fulfilment you get from making something new, which is all of your own design, and also getting recognition from those around us who can enjoy the work we have created.
ubu customer Andrew, based in the North West, is an art aficionado! His passion and commitment to art have led to many exciting opportunities. Read on to find out more!
Art covers such a vast array of things that it can be difficult to know where to start in finding something we enjoy the most.
So the best way to find an artistic interest is to look at other people’s work. Take in as many different types of art as you can. This could mean going to a local art gallery, looking at photography in magazines, watching a cooking programme or joining a dance club. You will find that in seeing other people’s great work you will recognise which one sparks your passion the most.
Once you are passionate about a certain type of art then you will have no problem creating works of your own. The great thing about art is that there is no right or wrong way of doing things, there is only your way; your work will represent your own unique style and therefore everything you create will be a one off!
You will also find that the more you do, the better you get and the more your style will develop. That is why art becomes a lifelong journey for so many people; they get to explore all the different avenues of their potential as the get stronger and more confident in what they can create.
So if art is something you have wanted to get involved in for some time, or is something you have a keen interest in, why not get involved and begin creating your own art? Find your artistic passion, release your creative potential and most of all have fun!
The Tate Modern Art Gallery:
“I am definitely a creative person. Art projects are always of huge interest to me, and I particularly enjoy taking wildlife photography, from which I make drawings and paintings.
For the last two years I have been supported by ubu to attend an art class in Manchester. Not only does this play to my great passion, but also means I get to spend time with many like-minded friends, which leads to further inspiration.
The work I have created at the class has gone on to be displayed at several exhibitions, including a show at ‘The Lowry’ gallery in Salford. This is something I am very proud of and led me to creating one of the largest bodies of work I have ever come up with for a local festival.
The Hulme Annual Community Arts Festival is the hub of local art, dance, theatre and self-sustaining gardening projects in the area. It’s a place for local people to come together in celebration of what they can do. This year’s theme was “Bees”; Manchester’s symbol of industry, creativity, endeavour and honesty.
So I set to it and gave myself a month to see what I could come up with. I made loads of origami bees and connected them to create bunting to hang up as decoration around the arts festival. I also drew and made several bee designs that were printed and transferred to fabric. The designs were made into hexagons and then I helped to stitch all the 'bee' hexagons together to make a large patchwork to display to the public.
I am so happy to say that all of my work was deemed good enough to be shown at the festival. An old red heritage bus was adorned with the hexagon bee designs and the bus was used to give people rides around the area to see all the exhibits. There was also a rickshaw bike taxi to help people get around the festival. This was decorated with some of the bunting I had made.
Most importantly my artwork was seen by lots of members of the public. This is a fantastic achievement and has given me even more passion to continue making more art and getting involved in local creative projects.”
A huge thank you to Andrew for sharing this incredible story. So how do we get involved in art? Where do we start to find what we are best at? Click through to the next level to find out!