You Know You’re An Artsy Teen When…

1. You never throw anything away because you’re convinced that “it’ll come in useful”
Admit it. There’s a box under your bed full of useless objects that you’ve been hanging onto for ten years and that you’ve NEVER used. And to be honest, you probably never will!

2. Pinterest is your kind of social media
Facebook and twitter are OK, but the day you discovered Pinterest changed your life forever. And whats more, you don’t just spend hours browsing Pinterest. Well OK, yes you do, but unlike most people, you actually make the DIYs you pin!

3. You can wield a gun better than James Bond – a glue gun that is 😉
Its no secret that a glue gun is every DIY-er’s best friend. And no wonder – there’s basically nothing that a bit of hot glue can’t fix!

4. You refer to your messy bedroom as your “artistic space”
So yeah, technically speaking you haven’t cleaned your room in six weeks and maybe you can’t see your desk underneath the pile of junk on top of it. But honestly that’s just because you’re an artist. The creative mind doesn’t like structure. Also your lazy, but that’s besides the point.

5. You’re the ‘art’ kid at school
Ever since you made that awesome poster in primary school or won that drawing competition, everyone knows you as the ‘art’ kid. You rule the art classroom and all the other students calls you the ‘Art Master’ (OK, no they don’t – but you get the idea 😉 ) .

6. You doodle on everything
Literally, its slightly worrying. Your notes, your homework journal, your hand… everything around you is just covered in ink.

7. Since you were a kid, you’ve been getting craft kits for Christmas
All artsy teens have that one cabinet in their room full of all the craft kits they’ve collected over the years. Candle making, crocheting, vase painting, DIY jewlery… seriously, we own every craft kit imaginable.

8. You get random bursts of motivation that can last anywhere from 2 minutes to 4 hours

We all have those mornings when we wake up and suddenly we’re inspired to write a novel or redecorate our entire room. Unfortunately this motivation usually doesn’t last long enough for anything really important to get accomplished.

9. You’re a problem solver
Artsy teens love a challenge. In fact, coming up with ideas to solve a problem is our idea of fun!

10. You’re unique and individual
Where’s the fun in ‘following the crowd’? You have your own sense of style, your own ideas, your own opinions and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

#ArtKnowItAll

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I hope you’re all having a good week! I have some exciting news. Last Tuesday, my art class went up to Dublin to visit the National Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland (that’s not the exciting news, but I’m getting to it). They’re both lovely museums that I would recommend visiting if you’re ever in Dublin (admission is free, which is a plus for us broke students 😉 ). The National Gallery holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art while the National Museum displays a broad range of decorative art, archaeological artifacts and historical items.

Anyways, whilst admiring all the beautiful exhibitions it did come to my attention that I actually know very little about both modern and historical art. Now for a lot of people this isn’t really a big deal, but the fact that I’m planning to go to Art College in less than two years makes me think it’s probably time to start doing some research!

So, I thought  of a fun way to learn more about art and share what I’ve learned with all of you Artsy Teens…

I’ve decided to start a series called #ArtKnowItAll. On the first Monday of each month I’ll post about a different art movement, telling you about it’s historical background, it’s most famous works, important artists of the time and how they influenced society. I’ll also include a painting/drawing/sketch of my own inspired by the said movement.

Of course it’s impossible to truly “Know it All” where art’s concerned. This series  isn’t meant to be a really in depth study of all the art movements in history, but hopefully it will be a fun and interesting way to learn a little more about art!

But I need your guys’ help… Comment down below which art movement you’d like me to start off the series with! Classical Realism, Expressionism, Cubism, Pop art? Anything goes!

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How to make 2016 the best year ever!

 Make an Inspiration Board

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A great way to kick off 2016 is by putting together an inspiration board. This literally takes a few minutes and trust me, it’s worth it. All you need is a pin board (they’re pretty inexpensive and really useful) and a bunch of photos, sketches, postcards, your 2016 bucket list and pictures to pin up!

This inspiration board is a great way to stay motivated throughout the year and adds a pop of colour to your room, which is an added bonus 😉

Change up your Playlist

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It’s easy to forget just how much music can effect our mood. During the winter months I find my playlist filling up with piano ballads and before you know it Adele has me feeling all nostalgic, reminiscing about something that never even happened to me!

Start off the new year by getting together a new playlist full of fun, positive tunes and you’ll feel ready to take on the world! To help you guys out, I put together a New Year Playlist on Spotify that you can check out:

Get a Calendar

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Organization is definitely not my forte, so this year I’ve decided to invest in a calendar to keep track of my busy schedule and non-existent social life. Of course you can use a calendar app or Google calendar, but remember paper calendars also double as room decor!

 

Find a New Hobby

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Now I’m not really into the whole “New Year, New Me” thing (cause let’s face it, January 1st never improved anyone’s personality) but I do think it’s a great time to try and find some New Hobbies! Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, join a basketball team or take up photography, this is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and do it!

This year I’ve taken up knitting (I think I’ve discovered a hidden talent by the way) and dancing (well, ok…maybe my mum forced me into one this because I don’t do any sports), but whatever the case, find something you want to try and go for it!

Make time to see your Friends

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Sometimes I’m just too lazy to pick up the phone and organise something to do with my friends and other times I just get too caught up in schoolwork, blogging and extracurricular activities. But, whenever I do go out with my friends I always have a really good time!

This year, I’m definitely going to try and make an effort to meet up with my friends more often. At the risk of sounding much more sentimental than I am in reality, I have to say … the internet’s great and all, but nothing beats having a laugh with your friends!

Put together a Bucket List

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As I said in one of my previous posts, I’ve never been good at sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. So this year I did something a little different – I put together a list of goals and projects that I hope to accomplish in 2016.

I actually did this with a bunch of friends and family on New Years Eve and it was tons of fun. Not only did we write down our own personal goals, but we also wrote down challenges for each other to work towards throughout the year.

And don’t just stick to basic goals like “get fit” or “ace my exams”, think outside of the box! What do you really want to do this year? Dye your hair purple? Build a robot? Travel to the other side of the world?

I’m not saying that your goals should be totally far fetched, but you’d be surprised what you can do if you put your mind to it. A lot of things are much more achievable than you imagine, all you have to do is put in the work!

 

And on that note, go make 2016 your best year so far!

I got a Graphics Tablet!

Hey Artsy Teens,

I hope you all got lovely things for Christmas. I got tons of amazing gifts from my friends and family including… a graphics tablet!

I’m sure a lot of you know what this is already , but in case you don’t – it’s basically a drawing tablet that connects to a computer and allows you to draw digitally using a special stylus.

Actually using the tablet is much more difficult than it looks. Drawing on the tablet and looking at the computer screen at the same time takes a lot of getting used to, not to mention learning how to use different drawing applications etc. So far I’ve only done a few quick sketches on an application called Krita, but I thought I’d share a few of them with you guys!

What do you think?

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