Art Goes Online: Free Classes, Tours & More
In this time of the unknown, small and independent businesses across the world are currently facing the same challenging situation. Sadly, it’s large enough to discourage and unsteady a plethora of industries. Traditionally dependent on physical spaces, the arts sector is one of the most radically hit trades, which some express concern will lack resources to recover in the future. Arts councils across the globe are working hard to financially boost galleries and artists alike, but there is still a cry-out for support.
Fortunately, as we’re becoming increasingly invested in the cyber world, the art industry is no different. From the safety and comfort of your own home, you can now experience art and tap into much-needed surges of imagination and expression. As art goes online, we take a look at how you can bring this world of virtual creativity to your home, and why it’s important to do so.
Art Goes Online: Take a Virtual Tour
Okay, we know nothing beats seeing an artwork in the flesh. Googling ‘Mona Lisa’ doesn’t come close to coming up face-to-face with her enigmatic smile. You can however, have a private viewing of some of the most renowned galleries and museums in the world. Start local with the handful of virtual tours at the National Gallery Victoria: the Indigenous art collection, Marking Time, as well as KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness and the hugely popular Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines are just a few of the tours available through the NGV website. Get a 360° scope of the Sydney Opera House, as well as the inside scoop on the venue’s exhibitions. Spot artworks by celebrated Australian artists such as Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley and William Dobel in a high-definition walkthrough of Newcastle Art Gallery.
Take an Art Tour with a Collector
We might not have the state-of-the-art 360° angling used with the virtual tours cropping up from museums and galleries around the world, but we do have good taste in art. If you’re looking for a bit of home inspiration, want to see what styles and artists have the collectors’ attention, or are just pure nosey, our collector series is primed with some of Bluethumb’s most established artists as well as ones who are up-and-coming. Even some of our bestsellers are avid collectors! Get started with the first of the series and step inside the arty haven of PR and Comms Manager Freddy Grant’s home.
Time on your hands? Rinsed Netflix? As art goes online, there’s never been a better time to explore your own artistic flair. The Internet is the infinite resource on how-tos. Let’s say you’ve been wanting to try your hand at learning to sketch. You can now join in with the Drop-By Drawing classes currently available (and free!) through the NGV; what’s more, the good folks at The Art Gallery of NSW have shared a tutorial on drawing a face from the portrait master Ben Quilty. For those who are after youngster-friendly projects, see our blog on child-approved creative school holiday activities. These pastimes were chosen by some of Bluethumb’s bestsellers and can keep kids happy all year round!
Art Goes Online: Keep Calm and Create
As we move through difficult times, with news that documents uncertainty and feeds anxiety, it’s vital to find and adopt our own healthy habits of release and grounding. Understanding the power of creating art could significantly contribute to a more balanced state of mind. For an overview on what art therapy is, its techniques and outcomes, click here to further your understanding of Art Therapy straight from a specialist in the sector.
Supporting Australian Artists
Being an online business, Bluethumb is one of the lucky ones that can continue to trade normally. Despite the shut downs and border closures, freight and home deliveries are considered essential services and will remain open. The process of getting art to your door will stay as easy as it always has been.
Supporting independent artists and art centres within Australia is the core of Bluethumb’s mission. With an online platform seven years in the making, our online marketplace offers a way to assist artists through the hard times and the good.