As social distancing measures begin to be introduced in major cities across the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many are looking to stock up on essentials. Canned food, soap, even stocks of toilet paper are being depleted as people look to ride out the pandemic. But what about another human essential? Art?
Major public art galleries and museums can be hotbeds for illness, and you’d need to be pretty brave to take a tour around the National Gallery on a busy weekend. For this reason, many of us will need to try to get our art fix online.
So if you’re sitting in self-imposed quarantine, and culturally starved, here are three great ways to view some quality art from the comfort of your own home.
Here at SmartArt we want you to get creative and start using your computers, tablets and mobile phones to produce some wonderful art - its a perfect way to get inspired and spend your time whilst at home immersing your self into cutlure and coming up with some great pieces orf artwork. Where here at SmartArt we would love you to showcase it and share it with the world - all are welcome from kids to grownups. Just download a drawing app your computer check out our reivews page to see some of the best ones out there and register online once your piece is ready for upload.
You can upload and sell for free or sell at a price you seem fit. We just want to encourage everyone to get drawing and find happiness in such a great creative way to spend your time - we will also be setting up a prize soon to win an iPad for the best drawing we see soon. So please lets inspire the world in these difficult times and why not produce artwork relevelant to current conditions we are in and lets bring hope to the world. So get drawing details about the prize iPad will be up soon! So watch out and happy drawing people! :)
Google Arts & Culture tours: international museums
One fantastic initiative to check out is Google’s Art & Cultural tours online platform. They include digital documentation of more than 1,200 international institutions, including virtual tours and high definition images of works from these collections. And if you have a VR viewer at home, you can even see these famous galleries in vivid 3D!
Institutions featured include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, as well as smaller spaces such as Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. And you can view it all from your smartphone, using Google’s innovative app!
If you haven’t yet explored the cornucopia of digital art that exists on platforms such as Deviant Art, then now’s your chance to immerse yourself in this social media site/online art collection. Here, artists can upload their work, and receive real-time feedback from their peers. Topics range from anime and manga all the way to artisan crafts such as jewellery and toys.
It takes just a few minutes to create an account and set your viewing preferences, and a whole world of user generated art creation awaits. This will provide a rich seam of content, as well as inspiration for your next project. Perhaps that work from home time will see you at your most creative after all?
Digitally archived exhibitions
Many great exhibitions have recently been forced to close early and some museums have decided to capture the shows digitally so they can still be experienced online. The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid was showing Rembrandt and Portraiture in Amsterdam, 1590-1670, which was scheduled to end on 24 May. Now that the museum has been forced to close because of coronavirus, it has launched an online tour of the show. The Castello di Rivoli in Turin had to close just after launching three new exhibitions, and it has now released digital tours and related videos for the shows. Keep a look out for any new exhibitions that you’ve wanted to check out, because they may have it archived online.
And if you want that real-world gallery experience from your living room, why not check out last week’s blog on Canvia’s new digital picture frame.
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Happy Drawing People and lets beat the Corona virus! :)
By Richard Oxley and the SmartArt Team