If your loved one is an artist (professional, amateur, beginner, and so on), a birthday and New Year gift often comes down to art supplies. And for many lovers of painting, graphics and other related arts, the best gift is, indeed, new brushes, pencils, books on the history of art. The materials of the article will help you choose a good present if you yourself are an amateur in this.
What to give a lover?
For an amateur, almost everything that can be offered to you in creative stores is necessary and valuable. He still does not clearly distinguish beten high-quality products and just good ones, he cannot always tell what the difference is beten two seemingly identical types of watercolor paper. And you, with your gift, are able to help him improve his artistic skills.
So, a beginner, non-professional artist (artist) can be presented with many useful things.
- Educational book. A great gift if the book is a bestseller or is a classic textbook. Your loved one will definitely appreciate it! Just make sure he doesn’t have that book yet.
- Art history book. There are artists who enjoy the process, but the art itself is of little interest to them. But there are many more who go into the world of painting with their heads. Therefore, a book on the history of art will be a chic gift.
- A set of quality brushes. Time shows that there are not many of them either. A person who loves to draw likes to even just touch the brushes, look at them, try them out. Therefore, you are unlikely to go wrong with a gift: brushes for a beginner watercolorist are always happiness.
- Certificate for training courses. This is a serious investment in the artistic skills of the person you want to gift. You give him an education, which in itself is a great value. By the way, for beginners there is a wonderful gift — a certificate in the style of “Paint your own picture in 3 hours.” Three hours in a creative environment, and the first picture is ready! And such a gift is worth quite adequately.
- Easel. What is an artist without an easel? You do not need to take the most “fancy”, the main thing is that it be made of quality materials.
Encourage the desire of loved ones to draw, and it doesn’t matter to whom you give a gift — whether it is a man, a woman, it is intended for a girlfriend or for a grandmother.
Creativity is a life-giving product for a person, art therapy, the ability to escape from the hustle and bustle.
Art history books
The first and most important rule is to make sure that there is no such publication in the artist’s collection yet. If you are giving a gift to a young artist, you are creating a professional library for him.
Top 7 books on art history that will make the artist happy.
- P. Volkov “Lectures on Art”. Without reading these books, one cannot feel involved in the world of art criticism. It’s like Russian literature without Pushkin.
- D. Berger “Portraits”. These are small notes about the great people of world art. Any person will enjoy reading Berger — he is gifted with a style that is simple, concise, but accurate, meaningful, clean.
- K. Paul “Digital Art”. A book for those who appreciate art not only classical. What is neo-art and installations, the author explains more than accessible. After reading this book, you will no longer feel like a neophyte.
- D. Barnes “Open your eyes”. The writer takes notes on art criticism, it is really difficult to break away from the text. If your artist friend breathlessly spoke about Cezanne, Magritte and L. Freud, urgently look for this book.
- D. Reskin “The Theory of Beauty”. This is also a collection, but a collection of essays. Moreover, their author is the most influential art critic of his time. By the way, Wilde and Proust drew knowledge from him. If your artist friend loves to delve into art, check out this edition.
- M. German “Impressionism”. In order not to confuse Monet and Manet, in order to learn the secrets of writing world masterpieces and understand what nourished the Impressionists and why they changed the world a little, read this book.
- S. Thornton “Seven Days in Art”. Immersing yourself in contemporary art, understanding what a biennale is and how an auction works is very useful for all aspiring artists. The book does a great job of that.
And this is just an approximate list of books that can be presented to the artist.
Photos of artists’ workshops attract the eyes of people who do not even know how to draw. All this creative atmosphere, the subtlety of the craft, the sensuality of the creation process, really catchy. And if your close artist has such a workshop or is close to creating it (even in the most modest form), make your contribution to this process.
For the artist’s workshop, you can donate a lot of useful things.
- Paints. There are a great many of them — watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil and so on. There are classic sets that are unlikely to be unclaimed in the workshop. Sold in specialized stores.
- Pencils. Coal, non-ferrous, graphite and so on. Drawing with colored pencils is especially popular today, so a professional set will please the artist.
- fountain pens, professional markers and felt-tip pens. An artist can be a calligrapher, engage in lettering (the art of beautiful signing), and such artistic means will definitely come in handy.
- Paper, canvas. A watercolorist always needs good watercolor paper, and those who paint on canvas will definitely need a supply of it.
- Sketchbooks, sketchbooks. In a large selection today, they are relatively inexpensive, it is unlikely that the artist will refuse such a replenishment.
For drawing, you can also give an adult a good table lamp, and if a person is engaged in calligraphy, this is literally a working tool.
If you are afraid to make a mistake with the choice of tools, remember that a real artist is not a craftsman, he is a person of a special mindset. For work, he does not need a schedule, but inspiration. It turns out that this can also be a gift. A ticket to a current exhibition (and maybe a subscription to an art gallery, for example) will be an excellent gift for both a man and a woman.
Not only books, but also films are also impressions, no doubt about it. You can present the artist with a large flash drive with a selection of the best films about artists.
Here is just an indicative list of great films.
- “Big eyes”. The story of Margaret Keane, who for a long time remained infamous, because her work delighted the world under a different author’s signature.
- “Frida”. One of the best works of Salma Hayek, a film that you want to review again and again. Not just a creative and personal biography, but revived pictures of the great Mexican.
- “Savage”. The story of Paul Gauguin about inspiration, his search, the torments of creativity and women.
- “Van Gogh. With love, Vincent.” The unique picture has already made Van Gogh fans cry with delight. Not just a film, but a story in which the main word (and technical too) is given to painting itself.
- Andrey Rublev. Tarkovsky’s masterpiece about the great painter and the difficult times in which Rublev lived and worked.
And the list can go on and on. The person to whom such a cinematheque on a flash drive is intended will definitely appreciate your efforts and attention.
Should I give paintings by numbers?
Often a novice artist is given paintings by numbers — sets for creativity, little related to true painting, aimed at the implementation of a certain algorithm. It is impossible to say unequivocally whether such a gift is valuable or not. For a person who can draw, there is little value in it. But if you have a beginner in front of you, ready to try everything, such a set can be useful for experience. Such a picture will be drawn by those who did not hold brushes in their hands — the main thing is patience and accuracy.
But such sets will not teach you how to draw. It does not explain the very principle of building a composition, working with color, and so on.
Painting by numbers is pseudo-drawing, but, it should be noted, it copes ll with the role of art therapy.
And if your family has a little artist, the best gift for him would be a personal exhibition. If the child is studying in the studio, and his work is already serious for his age, you can organize an exhibition at school or in the garden — as a rule, educational institutions enthusiastically respond to such an idea. But a home exhibition is also good, especially if it’s a surprise. For example, on the birthday of a child, guests will appreciate the home vernissage, and the little artist himself will be happy with such attention.
Even more ideas of what to give the artist are presented in the next video.