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Bob Hochgertel

The Basics of Impressionism

July 7th, 2015

The artistic style of impressionism that began in the 1860’s was a break from art’s past ways. Some historians say that Impressionism was a representation of an artist’s way of applying scientific principles and color theory to the study of the natural light of an outdoor painting. The idea of Impressionism was started by a…(read more)

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Understanding the History of Medieval Art

June 29th, 2015

Just as human life moved through different eras and people were exposed to new experiences, art evolved along with it. The medieval period of art history began at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire in 300 CE and continued until the beginning of the Renaissance in 1400 CE. There were three major…(read more)


The Art of Imagination: Surrealism

June 25th, 2015

The surrealist movement began in Pairs in the mid 1920’s when a group of artists decided to search their subconscious minds to unlock the power of their imagination to create art. Surrealism was a global movement that began after the Dada movement in art and culture. Images such as dreamland fantasy figures, melting clocks, and…(read more)


Stained Glass: A Form of Individualized Artistry

June 18th, 2015

It’s hard not to stare in awe when you see an intricate piece of stained glass. Generally found in church windows, stained glass refers to the colored glass that is formed into works of breath taking art. Stained glass as we know it was first produced in the 1500s as a means of reproducing Biblical…(read more)

Abstract Expressionism and An Excavation of Color

June 16th, 2015

At first glance the concept of Abstract Expressionism might seem confusing, however, this type of work is specifically meant to be nonobjective. Abstract Expressionists do not have much in common in terms of their artwork except for the shared notion of breaking away from traditional technique and subject matter to use their art as a…(read more)


Laughter Wellness Playshop

June 8th, 2015

Laughter Yoga is a new worldwide technique where anyone can laugh without reason. Through a combination of yogic breathing techniques, stretching, and self-generated laughter exercises, you are able to let loose and laugh like a child again. The concept of laughter yoga centers on the idea that the body benefits from any type of laughter;…(read more)

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May 8th, 2015

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that evolved in Japan over seven centuries ago. It is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together and is more than simply putting flowers in a container. Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of multiple blooms, ikebana often…(read more)

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The Art of Beer

May 1st, 2015

While wine connoisseurs have been on the earth for thousands of years, being a beer aficionado is a relatively young phenomenon, especially in the U.S. This is because every beer in the country once tasted exactly the same. Beer was considered the drink of the common man, it was not something you judged by its…(read more)


Get a Head Start on Introducing Your Child to Art

May 1st, 2015

Schools either introduce children to art at an early age or completely disregard it. Not many elementary schools take the time within the curriculum to teach art history or appreciation. By the time your child is able to take an art history class in high school, they should already have some insight into the world…(read more)


What Art Can Tell You About Your Child

April 27th, 2015

The style of art your child gravitates towards can tell you a lot about his or her personality.  Psychology professors at University College London studied the connection between the type of art a person is drawn to and what that says about personality. It was discovered that those who like realistic landscapes are closed off…(read more)