Saturday, 27 April 2013

Be a Starman

Tomorrow, from 10.30 to 16.30, we will be running a workshop at Victoria and Albert Museum during the Bowie Weekender. You will have the chance to wear one of these incredible space helmets, craft your own accessorises in the style of Ziggy Stardust, and be immortalised in a memorable picture. Come one come all!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

April 22nd

April 22nd, the birthday of Vladimir Lenin and the date of  Robin Knox-Johnston completing the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world.

Monday, 8 April 2013

8th April

As the 8th of April is the date for two important art history facts, I've decided to combine them into one image.
Firstly, in 1820, the Venus De Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) was discovered by a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas on the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea.
And secondly, in 1973, the master of Cubism, Pablo Picasso, died at the ripe old age of 91.

Despite the pale stone we recognise the Venus De Milo was originally painted to look more life like (the Greeks did this to most of their statues). She still looks a bit shocked at being Picasso'd though.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Staatliches Bauhaus School

On 1st April 1919, Walter Gropius founded the famous Staatliches Bauhaus School, in Germany. The concept behind the school was to combined applied arts and fine arts in the aim of making craftsmen rather than artists, as Walter Gropius proclaimed his goal was"to create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist." *
Part of the The Bauhaus 'manifesto' was the use of very simplified forms and the fact that mass-production and the individual artist expression were reconciled to create something functional and rational. 
The school was a success back in time and is still very influential nowadays in disciplines such as 'architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design and typography'. * 

For more information about the school's history, have a look here!