#ArtWeekAtHome – Day 1: Visual Arts

May 1, 2020

For each day of #ArtWeekAtHome, we are focusing on one popular genre of arts/culture. Kicking us off is a look at the world of VISUAL ARTS. From painters to sculptors, Michelangelo to Monet, the visual arts are really a feast for the eyes. Join us today for the Daily Challenge, and be sure to check out other fun “at-home events” hosted by the ArtWeek community that celebrate the visual arts!


Today’s challenge is “Recreate A Famous Painting.” The rules are simple – imitate an historic artwork using items lying around your home, take a photo, and share it with us tagging #ArtWeekAtHome. We’re certainly not the first to come up with this idea – there are dozens examples online from the Getty and around the world. We even posed this dare a few weeks ago and some of our followers already got a head start (check out the works by El Comalito Collective Cultural Arts Center and ArtWeek super-fan Tania Bird). NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! Choose your favorite painting, recreate it at home today, and be sure to tag us @ArtWeekMA and #ArtWeekAtHome #ArtWeekDay1




Instead of recreating a famous painting, would you rather work on your own? ArtWeek hosts and partners have you covered! Join Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s Happy Hour today (Friday, May 1) at 4pm on Zoom – Grab a glass of your favorite spirit or a cup of coffee, and get ready to paint along with Odin. Simply follow along as she guides you step by step through a painting, all while you relax and engage in the creation of a work of art made by you.

Ever painted with someone via Instagram Live? Watch an hour-long live session on Instagram Live of Laurel (follow – laurelgreenfieldart) working on a painting from start to finish while she shares painting techniques and tips!

Don’t have painting supplies? You’re in luck – The Eric Carle Museum has launched a new blog so that you can create art at home with everyday objects. Check it out.

Have you ever heard of “glitch art”? On Saturday, May 2, join artist Allison Tanenhaus who won the Somerville Visual Art Fellowship in 2019 with her Community Benefit project. Tanenhaus says “It’s a combo virtual artist talk + glitch workshop that covers the medium, some of my favorite work, examples of projects one can create, as well as tons of tips and tutorials so anyone can try their hand at making glitchy art using only their phone or tablet.” Learn more HERE.

Want to be IN a piece of art? Look no further than the Mead Art Museum! They’re offering #MeadFromHome – submit a photograph of your choice and they’ll incorporate it into one of the Mead’s works of art. For details and guidelines, please visit bit.ly/MeadFromHome.

Be a part of “The No Evil Project: Breathe No Evil” – The No Evil Project, a nonprofit that uses art and humour to challenge stereotypes and help people find commonality despite their differences. Rather than their traditional photo shoot, you can participate in this new project from home! Face masks slow the spread of COVID-19 but for many they’re unusual to see or wear, and for some can worsen stereotypes. Show a wide variety of people coming together to help by posting a selfie wearing a face mask, picking three labels that describe yourself, and writing a good deed, from working on the front lines to just staying home.


If you’re more of an arts-appreciator vs an arts-creator, there are many visuals arts discussions and virtual galleries to keep you satisfied.  

The Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University is featuring two virtual art exhibits, Manipulation, prints by Amanda Kralovic and an Illustration exhibit with works by Amanda Putnam, Dillon McGuire, and Dan Delisle. Each artist approaches their subject in a unique and dramatic way.  Each exhibit features diversified work with an interesting use of materials and inspiration.  Manipulation includes a large series of works based on water movement and exploration of a variety of printing methods.  These virtual exhibits give the viewer a chance to be at one with each artist and explore their personal creative path.

On Wednesday, May 6, take a live virtual tour of “A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America” with Curator Gordon Wilkins. Using the virtual tour of the Addison produced before the museum’s closure, Gordon Wilkins, Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art, will lead participants via Zoom through the exhibition and discuss the complex histories and persistent impacts of the 19th-century European American relationship with the natural world. This program is free, but advance registration is required, and space is limited. Sign up HERE. If you miss it, don’t worry – they plan to make a recording and make it available for later viewing!

Old North Church has launched an online gallery space for their newest exhibit, “The Vernacular & The Spectacular” that explores the unique and iconic architecture of Boston. Through the stunning work of renowned architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker and travel photographer Matthew Dickey, visitors will contemplate the role both types of architecture play in a city like Boston. The vernacular and the spectacular combine to create a cityscape all our own.

ArtWeek’s Special Program, “Light Up the Night” is in full-force during #ArtWeekAtHome. Since 2015, this special program has invited outdoor structures, buildings and landmarks to “light up” to illustrate the full spectrum of arts and culture. Joining us in celebration of #ArtWeekAtHome is the Prudential Tower for our kick-off night on Friday, May 1 (for the 5th year in a row!). Keep an eye out for other structures across the state or light up your own house in celebration! If you do, be sure to show us on social media 😊

courtesy of "Glitch Art" with Allison Tanenhaus
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Courtesy of "No Evil Project"

For even more fun, today and throughout #ArtWeekAtHome, check out our Facebook Events page. You’re sure to find something that suits your interests!

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