The­mat­ic gifts

What to give an artist?

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.
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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Workshop Treasures

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.

For inspiration

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.
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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.