On May 20, 140 years ago during the Gold Rush years, Levi Strauss designed and made blue trousers from strong sailcloth with pockets strengthened by copper rivets. He called them
"jeans" and designed them for miners who were complaining that their cotton trousers were tearing too easy.
Miners liked the jeans so much that Strauss immediately founded the first company to manufacture the jeans. This is how blue jeans were born as we know them.
To celebrate the 140th birthday of the blue jeans, add jeans to any works of art (paintings, drawings, statues, etc.) one way or another. You can also use other clothing (skirts, jackets, hats, etc.) made from denim. Let's show that jeans were popular through all the history of mankind.
This month Google asked American kids to include the Google logo in any drawings. Google holds this contest every year and calls it "Doodle 4 Google". The winning image will be shown as Google logo on the Google front page on May 23.
Show what famous paintings (and art) would look like if the famous artists created these pieces when they were still kids. Feel free to "recreate" the art pieces from scratch or edit them to "downgrade" them to kids' level.
December 4 is the birthday of the "Father of Abstract Art", Wassily Kandinsky. Born in Russia and trained as a lawyer, Kandinsky found his true passion in art after he immigrated to Germnany at the age of 30. His early works reminded Monet's impressionism, but as Kandinsky grew as an artist, his style took more and more simplified forms that was named "abstract art" by the media. Kandinsky's abstract art used a visual language of simplified forms, colors and lines. Simplification in abstract art
often knows no limits. One of the most famous abstract paintings is "Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich (who was influenced by Kandinsky), which he unofficially called "black square on white background". Another one of Malevich's masterpieces takes simplification one step further - it is called "White on White" and shows a white square on a white background. Sotheby's values each of Malevich's "squares" at over $30 mln.
Take any famous painting and turn it into abstract art by simplifying its forms, elements and colors.
The artistic world celebrated the 114th birthday of the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte on November 21. His surrealist paintings are more than just visually impressive; they are frequently thought-provoking. His "The Treachery of Images" series of paintings shows realistically drawn objects titled "Ceci n'est pas…" (French for "This is not…"). His famed image of a pipe is captioned "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"). As Magritte himself stated: "The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it. And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe,' I'd have been lying!"
Magritte got a job designing wallpaper at a wallpaper factory, and as a sideline designed posters and advertisements. His first one-man exhibition, in 1927 in Brussels, was a flop, the art critics hating all 61 pieces shown. Magritte gained real fame in 1960 (shortly before his death in 1967) when his paintings influenced pop art and culture.
To celebrate the 114th birthday of Rene Magritte, photoshop any of his paintings. Some examples are: show how he would have created his works in the modern days, what people or objects he would choose, etc.
(If you use any of his nude sources, please cover the models in bikini to make them safe for work).
A younger and happier version of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa was presented in Geneva with the suggestion that the painting was executed by the Renaissance master approximately a decade earlier than the iconic picture that hangs in the Louvre.
Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, the artwork has been the focus of a 35 years of research, which has been summarized in a 320-page book published by The Mona Lisa Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. Listing historical and archival records, scientific and experimental data, the book aims to support the theory that the painting is the original portrait of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, while the Louvre masterpiece is a later version, completed in Rome around 1516 at the encouragement of Lorenzo de' Medici's brother Giuliano. The authenticity of Isleworth Mona Lisa is disputed by many art experts, however. "Rather than an unfinished work by Leonardo, "Isleworth Mona" looks like a cheap fake version of Mona Lisa with makeup and plastic surgery", one blogger said.
In this contest you are asked to do plastic surgery on famous works of
art - paintings, drawings and sculptures - and give characters plastic
surgeries and makeup. E.g. collagen shots, botox injections, hair transplants, nose jobs, face
lifts, and brea$t jobs. Please keep your entries Safe For Work.