Reviews and Blog Posts: art

Great documentaries about the arts

cover for exit through the gift shop

I’ve been looking for some extra inspiration in the studio lately, so I’m revisiting favorite documentaries on the arts.

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy created this film using footage from a French shop owner obsessed with graffiti and meeting Banksy. Beautiful images, and a surprising twist.

Andy Goldsworthy rocks my socks!

collage of andy goldsworthy work

Every once in a while I happen upon something that just blows my brain right out of my head, my first encounter with the art of Andy Goldsworthy was just such a moment.

Andy Goldsworthy is a British environmental artist. He uses nature as his canvas, his tools, his inspiration and his medium. Watching a Goldsworthy creation happen can be awe inspiring or cringe worthy depending on how nature is feeling about Andy that day. His books show the final beauty but you have to watch the DVD, Rivers and Tides Working With Time, to understand the real dedication that this man has for his craft.

A few tricks for a big treat: Reverse Painting on Glass

Day of the Dead skeleton

With a rich and varied history, reverse painting on glass is making a comeback. You can do it, too -- Fresh City Life takes this technique and applies it to Halloween imagery.

I was surprised to find out that painting on glass dates to the middle ages. Check out a very brief history of painting on glass here. It was traditionally used to capture religious iconography. 

We're utilizing this fascinating approach to painting and connecting it to Dia de los Muertos imagery and retro Halloween icons.

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

Your life might improve after a color theory class if:

you have any of these clothes in your closet.

Color is visual. I'll let these photos make the argument for learning a little color theory.

Click on each photo to complete the sentence Your life might improve after a color theory class if:


Color in the Real World
Thursday, August 25, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

As a matter of fact -- Art Happens

One of the Haiku prints produced by students at ArtSkool: Typositors.

ArtSkool: Typositors @ Matter Graphic Design

Our new monthly event, ArtSkool, went on a field trip yesterday. We all met at Matter Graphic Design to learn about creating type, copy and art using antique printing presses. The results were pretty amazing. Matter's Rick Griffith opened the event with a brief introduction to the history and uses of printing type and then things got really interesting.

Art Is Primordial and For Everyone

 ArtSkool debuts with a workshop that highlights one of the first art mediums: Mud!

pri·mor·di·al,  adjective

1. Existing at or from the beginning of time, primeval -- the primordial oceans

2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental -- the primordial needs of the masses

While it's unlikely that the first sea creature to give land a try looked back at its tracks and noted the artistic pattern they made in the mud -- clay was and remains one of our primordial materials for making art.

Staff Art Show

Staff Art Show

Staff Art Show on display until February 27, 2011.

Next time you're at the Central Library, plan on spending some extra time to make your way up to Level 7. The beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery is housing this exhibit of fine art created by staff for the 8th consecutive year.

In addition to highlighting the creativity, diversity and individuality of the Denver Public Library staff, the gallery offers spectacular views of downtown Denver. Not to be missed!

Create Art for a New Branch Library

Cloud Seeding

Help seed the clouds for an incredible art installation at the new Green Valley Branch Library.

The Denver Public Library is asking for your help in creating an interactive, dynamic artwork that will display your search terms on an array of large LCD screens in the new Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, and call up associative media clips culled from the Library's collection of books, DVDs, music, digital images and text archives.

Center for Visual Art Community Art Exhibition

Center for Visual Art

The Education Outreach Department of the Center for Visual Art (CVA) presents a Community Art Exhibit including art created by children and families at the Byers Branch Library.

When: Opening Reception, Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

The exhibit will open on Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m., with an opening reception until 12 noon. A wall will be dedicated to the children and families who participated in the free art programs at the Byers Branch throughout the year, and left their work at the library to be put on display.

The art will be on display for the public throughout December.

This event is free and all are welcome.

For gallery hours and more information, visit the Center for Visual Art website at

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