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Art Appreciation : Explore Unusual Art Forms

Explore Unusual Art Forms

"What is art?" is the question often debated among fine art purists and expressive artists who go beyond the traditional tools, methods, and materials for creating art.

For centuries, traditional art and craft has stayed within the known boundaries of painting, drawing, sculpture, and design for utilitarian use. However, this collection of unusual and interesting art forms will allow you to experience the expressive work of those who've thought outside of the limitations of the canvas and traditional modes, creating their own masterpieces with alternative materials.

Unusual, Out of the Ordinary Art Forms

ObamaAmboy, Illinois, City Park Chainsaw Tree Sculptures
See how one small Midwest town transformed a natural disaster into an artful attraction in celebration of their own history. After a storm damaged and destroyed dozens of long-standing oak trees, broken trees were carved by chainsaw artists Bob and Marie Boyer into memorials, animals, presidents, and local attractions.

Simon Schubert Folded Paper Art Gallery
An online exhibit of folded paper artworks displaying the results of "folded" lines on paper creating intriguing compositions of shadow and light. See over 40 of Schubert's fascinating pieces in this installation.

Sandimation: Sand Animation Artist Ilana Yahav
"Ilana Yahav is a world renown sand animation artist. Using only her fingers, Ilana draws with sand on a glass table." Watch a variety of Ilana's video clips showcasing her amazing sand fantasy art creativity.

Edgar Mueller: 3D Street Art
"Edgar Müller opened a studio in the street. He presents people with the great works of old masters, drawing his perfect copies at the observers' feet. Müller invites his audience to share his fascination with the old masters art, helping them to gain an in depth understanding of the old master's view of the world."

Archie Granot Papercuts
What is a Ketubah? The Ketubah is a Jewish wedding document. Master papercut artist Archie Granot has created unique interpretations of the classical piece.

S. Jaspert: Rock Painting Art Paris
"Rock Painting is one of the most ancient of all arts but is not old-fashioned. Painter S. Jaspert uses this media since 1999, working exclusively on ancient paves from the streets of Paris, he transforms the cobblestones into copies of famous paintings, brand marks, symbols. One of his latest rocks is a Chanel bag! This collection of over 200 paves might inspire future rock painting artists."

Jen Stark's Paper Art
Click the "Sculpture" link to see her beautifully creative hand-cut creations.

Metal Sculpturist Bathsheba Grossman (Bathsheba Sculpture)
"An artist exploring math and science in sculpture." Learn about this artist's fascinating creative process in the "Sculpture Techniques" section.

Book-Cut Sculpture by Su Blackwell
Amazing book cut works of art by Su Blackwell have been featured in Harpers Bazaar, You Magazine, ELLE, and Vogue. Her artist statement declares, "It is the delicacy, the slight feeling of claustrophobia, as if these characters, the landscape have been trapped inside the book all this time and are now suddenly released."

Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz: Exhibitions of Snowglobe Art
An immense gallery of unusual, unique, and understated works of art contained within snow globes by Martin and Munoz.

Harry Kalenberg's Popcorn Art
Featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not! Harry Kalenberg's approach to painting and creating miniature sculptures from popped popcorn will amaze you.

Just Coffee Art by Angel & Andy
"Andy and Angel have been painting with coffee for several years, and have completed hundreds of original artworks. Nearly every person who views the work is amazed that the artwork is painted entirely in coffee — no additives, 100% pure coffee."

Rock Painting and Decorative Stone Projects
From being inspired by Lin Welford's animals and cottages and non-traditional stone sculptures, to trying your hand at decorative art painting, you'll experience the amazing art and decorations people create out of rocks.

Just for Creative Fun: Art Rat Rodent Artist
What if a mousy critter with four paws could really paint artistic pictures? Imagine the creative possibilities while enjoying this truth-bending story