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Picasso and Peace

Mention Pablo Ruiz Picasso at a party and chances are the conversation will center on his seriously distorted visages, like The Weeping Woman and The Red Armchair. But that’s just one chapter in the book on this Spanish master whose illustrious career spanned 70 years. What’s mentioned less often is his role in politics, as a Delegate at the Paris Peace Conference and in the Peace Movement, in general. While his work sometimes chronicled the…

Artful Ways to Stage Your Home (And What We Learned from HGTV’s Property Brothers)

We’ve spent countless hours binge watching one of our favorite home decor duos — the Property Brothers. Here are some things we learned from Drew and Jonathan Scott about getting your house ready for the open market. And when you’re watching “Property Brothers: Buying + Selling”, keep an eye out for the Art.com wall art in some of the featured homes. THREE EASY PIECES If nothing else, when getting your house ready for sale,…

Connecting Art + Kids In Oakland

Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Arts does more than help support the next generation of artists. They help kids express themselves through hands-on art experience, creating an avenue that leads lower-income children toward literacy, learning, and breaking through the achievement gap. We were saddened to find out that they’d lost funding for one of their most crucial programs: the Library Education and Art Program. LEAP partners with Oakland libraries, bringing arts education to local children at…

Why Science Tells Us To Create

Did you know that making art can make you smarter, happier, and more focused? It’s true: not only does playing with clay or doodling pictures of your dog result in some incredible artwork, the act of making can improve your life in several ways. From boosting the brain to mending your mood, you’ll be surprised what art can add to your human experience. Art is what drive us at Art.com, after all, and we’re passionate…

Six summer art activities for your kids before school begins

Summer break is wrapping up and soon it’ll be back to the books. And guess what: art helps kids succeed in school. According to PBS, when kids regularly participate in the arts, they’re much more likely to win academic awards and participate in math and science fairs. So before jumping back into school, here are some ideas to get their minds warmed up by thinking creatively with art. Participate in museum summer art activities…

Art.com Insider Kira Wampler: Monet’s Gardens

My new role at Art.com has me on the road meeting with our team, and it was hard to pass up the opportunity to connect with our fabulous crew in Venray, Netherlands. Combining that with spring break meant a family trip to London, Paris, and Amsterdam. As we planned the trip, we thought a lot about what kind of experience we wanted our family to have. We’re not big on “see everything in a day…

Modern Bohemian: Color + Texture + Patterns

Today’s bohemian style is less about nonconformity and all about pairing complementary hues, patterns and textures. Indigo is our go-to shade for creating a look that’s eclectic and chic. Layer in varying shades of blue in playful patterns to get a laid back vibe. Use richly textured accent pieces, like hand-loomed pillows and throws, to add warmth and a touch of sophistication. A large area rug in a complementary color creates an ultra-inviting feel. It’s…

Palm Springs Architecture Eye Candy

Just a few hours east of Los Angeles, picturesque desert scenes and mid-century architecture create the landscape of a destination known for style. Palm Springs has remained a hot spot for designers, artists and celebrities for over a century. Art.com Senior Designer, Guillaume D. recently went to Palm Springs to visit the iconic architecture, now known as desert-modernism, made famous by prolific American architect Albert Frey. Camera in hand, Guillaume set out to see the…

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