Art Appreciation : Explore Folk, Intuitive, and Outsider Art
Explore Folk, Intuitive, and Outsider Art
Visionary and self-taught artists are not always motivated by the same goals and ideas that formally-trained artists are. As you'll see from the following folk artist profiles, examples, and resources, these artists 'seem motivated by their unique personal visions,' and execute their work as they see fit.
Learn more about the organic world of folk art by taking in the perspectives, experiences, and free projects of Creativity Portal's Canadian artist contributors Deanne Fitzpatrick and Violette and by visiting some popular online folk art museums, galleries, and other learning places of interest detailed below.
Folk Art Features & Resources
Violette's Folk Art Fun Projects
Folk Art Society of America
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art
Kentucky Folk Art Center
San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum
Who-Ha Da-Da Contemporary Outsider Artists' Coalition
American Folk Art for Kids
With 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk Foreword by William C. Ketchum, Jr., author, American Folk Art
Book Review by Chris Dunmire
"Drawing on the natural folk art tendencies of children, who love to collect buttons, bottle caps, shells, and Popsicle sticks to create beautiful, imperfect art, this activity guide teaches kids about the history of this organic art and offers inspiration for them to create their own masterpieces." ipgbook.com
Richard Panchyk's American Folk Art for Kids is a wonderful primer into the world of folk art. Don't be mislead by the book's title creative adults will enjoy this book too.
The book's 118 pages contains a wealth of visual, educational, and interactive fun divided into 7 chapters, 21 activities, a glossary, and museum guide with Web resources. From the simple question, "What is folk art?" to exploring its many styles, the chapters in the book journey into the history and types of folk art, and discuss important folk artists along the way:
"We are born with the ability to make art." Mr. Imagination
I found the most exciting part of this book to be the interactive activities that accompany each chapter. This hands-on approach to teaching folk art at home or in the classroom will be remembered by students as they exercise their intuitive creativity in painting, calligraphy, stenciling, cross-stitching, woodworking, and decoupage.
Regarding American Folk Art for Kids, ipgbook.com notes:
This book is a must-read for anyone new to the world of folk art, and for those who enjoy dabbling in their own artistic and craft-related pursuits. Within the first few pages of the book it is clear that everyone is born with the ability to create art, and that a special title is given to those who prefer to follow their own artistic vision over traditional fine art training. These creative and innovative people are endeared to the world as Folk Artists.
Modern Day Folk Artists and Examples
Deanne Fitzpatrick, Rug Hooking Artist: Fabric Sewn and Stitched
Alexandromeda Futuristic Arts: Found Objects