Why is there a skull on a table with food, books, and globes? Vanitas paintings were reminders to wealthy patrons of the inevitability of death. But why?! Read on to see why this genre was popular in both 17th century Dutch society and contemporary art.
Trick or Treat! In the #fwmoa studio we're serving up tricks with our clay trompe l'oeil sculptures. Learn how to make your own clay, choose an everyday object, and then sculpt it to fool your friends and family!
An artist has many tools at their disposal, and each ensures they are able to convey their message to the viewer properly. Here, we explore the use of the palette knife to layer paints and create textures.
We're mad for plaid! As summer turns to fall, we're pulling out our plaid. Inspired by Washington Color School artists Paul Reed and Gene Davis, see how we channeled overlapping colors in this #saturdaystudio.
As summer comes to a close, we're staying inspired by the nature around us in the #Studio! Learn how to make a joyful (glittery!) work of art inspired by artist Frank Stella and his love of birds.
As students head back to school, teachers are preparing their classrooms for a new year, and so are we! The #fwmoa education team is here to share some books they've added to their library this year, so take a look!
How does a museum determine if a sculpture must stay in the galleries or if it can go outside? Today, we explore the differences in construction of indoor and outdoor sculpture, and celebrate some new work coming to #fwmoa!
Happy birthday, Luis Jiménez! To celebrate, today in the Studio we're creating animal prints like his "Sidewinder" using a rubbing technique known as frottage.
Visiting #fwmoa for the first time and not sure where your eyes should start looking? We're here to help! See how understanding the parts of the composition-foreground, middle ground, and background-can make it easier.
We were puzzling our art pieces for the Studio this Saturday when we realized we could MAKE a puzzle! Taking inspiration from Mark di Suvero, we construct our own puzzle sculptures to share with family and friends.