Be the Artist

Be the Artist: The Vibrant World of the Fauvists

A pair of artists first created their "wild beasts" in the early 1900s. Try this fauvism inspired DIY to make…

July 19, 2021

Be the Artist: Making Nostalgic Memories with Ephemera

Ephemera is something created to be temporary. Use some of the these old paper items to create some memories from…

June 21, 2021

Be the Artist: Storytelling With Storyboards

Storyboards are important for driving the look of a script or story. Try creating one to help bring a book…

September 6, 2020

Be the Artist: Art of the Album Cover

Since the early years of vinyl, a good album cover design could define a band, music genre, or era. Now…

August 30, 2020

Be the Artist: The Art of the Road Sign

Road signs may be practical, but there is a design element behind them. Take these to fictional worlds with an…

August 16, 2020

Be the Artist: The Movie Poster Designs of Saul Bass

Saul Bass used minimalism and simple designs to help tell a story. Use his style to tell a story from…

August 2, 2020

Be the Artist: Election Year Political Buttons

Political buttons have been a part of every election year since the mid-1800s and before. Take this design concept to…

July 20, 2020

Be the Artist: War Time Propaganda Posters

Propaganda art has been part of many battles from all over the world throughout history. Design a couple for a…

July 6, 2020

Be the Artist: Storytelling with Rorschach Inspired Inkblots

Hermann Rorschach loved art and people's perception of it long before he got into medicine. What stories do your own…

June 22, 2020

Be the Artist: Messages and Meanings in Quilts

Quilts are parts of family, activism, memories, and celebration. This quilt-style collage project lets how to tell these visual stories.

June 7, 2020

Time for Be the Artist 2020: Art With a Purpose

All art has a purpose. This summer's Be the Artist looks at works of art created for specific reasons.

May 31, 2020

Be the Artist: Art Today! Sketch Cards and Art Sharing

As another summer Be the Artist series closes, we finish are time traveling with some favorite art trends of today!

August 27, 2019

Be the Artist: Patrick Nagel and the Look of the 80s

The art deco pop culture style of artist Patrick Nagel was everywhere in the 1980s. Here's a project taking his…

August 12, 2019

Be the Artist: Peter Max and His Cosmic Art

Time travel back to the end of the 1960s with a project inspired by the comsic art style works of…

July 29, 2019

Be the Artist: Beautiful Tesserae Mosaics of the Ages

Mosaic art has been found for centuries from many cultures throughout the world. Try a fun, geeky twist using 8-bit…

June 30, 2019

Be the Artist: Parietal Art From the Stone Age

The 2019 time-traveling Be the Artist series begins with some of the earliest form of visual storytelling, cave art.

June 16, 2019

Be the Artist 2019 Ready to Travel Through Time…and Art

The summer Be the Artist series begins next week with some looks at some art styles in method through the…

June 6, 2019

Be the Artist: Walt Disney and the Imagineers

Before the Disney Parks spread worldwide, before the massive mergers with Pixar, Marvel, 'Star Wars', and everything else, before the…

August 26, 2018

Be the Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright referred to his beautiful window design as "light screens." Make some small votives inspired by his windows.

August 12, 2018

Be the Artist: The Box Bags of Enid Collins

Enid Collins created bright and simple box bags from a small town in Texas, and they soon became iconic examples…

July 28, 2018