Dog Days of Summer: 5 Paintings Featuring Pups!

What are the dog days of summer? Generally speaking, they’re the hottest days of the season. But here at the Art Docent Program, we’re taking that phrase to a whole new level today, and choosing to celebrate a few paintings … Continued

Art, Neuroscience, and Evidence-Based Design

We all know that your environment can impact your mood, development, and more. But did you know that some spaces are specifically designed to positively impact the people within them? That’s the idea behind evidence-based design, which we’re going to … Continued

Photographs Provide Continual Artistic Inspiration, Especially at the New York Public Library

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it may mean even more to an artist. Photographs have long held inspiration for artists of all kinds, as the New York Public Library knows full well. Their renowned Picture Collection has … Continued

Art Reads: Susan Goldman Rubin Writes Fine Art Books for Kids

If you haven’t heard of Susan Goldman Rubin, it’s about time you did. Or perhaps you’ve picked up one of her books and not even realized it: with over 27 books in print, author Susan Goldman Rubin is making fine … Continued

Sacramento, Get Ready for Wide Open Walls 2018!

Get ready, Sacramento: as of next month, Wide Open Walls is back! The wildly-popular Wide Open Walls Mural Festival will be held at locations throughout Sacramento starting on August 9th and running through 19th, 2018. That’s ten whole days of … Continued

Exploring Color in Matisse’s Artwork

With his vivid hues and bold brushstrokes, Henri Matisse’s artwork seems especially enjoyable in the summer. Not that any artist’s work can be nailed down to one season, but it’s something about bright colors in particular that can bring to … Continued

7 Artistic National Treasures to Celebrate This 4th of July

In the spirit of the holiday this week, we’re celebrating some of our national treasures. . .that is, national artistic treasures! We’ve gone through our curriculum and have narrowed down seven iconic artworks created by American artists featured in our program … Continued

This Larger-Than-Life Balloon Art by Huge is a Fun Optical Illusion

It’s graduation season, which means celebrations are in order. However, any well-picked graduation balloons pale in comparison to the gigantic pieces created by street artist Huge. At first blush, Huge’s spray paintings don’t even look like paint. They’re so lifelike … Continued

Art Reads: “Girl In Hyacinth Blue”

There’s very little that piques our interest like a good mystery. . .especially art historical mysteries. Missing works of famous artists referenced in documents throughout history continue to beguile us centuries later. We yearn to know what happened to these … Continued

Local Art Float Features Student Art for the Entire Community

Public art is at its best when it involves the entire community. And the southern California city of Riverside’s recent Art Float exhibition is a great example of an entire community embracing public art, down to its youngest residents. Our … Continued