Thursday, June 13, 2013

Folk Art

 Seascapes, photo albums and decorated summer wear 
are all folk ways to keep your summer memories alive.

Folk art, like families, comes in all shapes and size. These relatively simple to make, colorful, large or small handmade items and objects can be carved, drawn, molded, painted, glued, and/or sewn remembrances of your favorite summer experiences.

Historically, folk art – art made by folk - is considered to be more rustic rather fine art which is primarily “decorative” in purpose. Folk art generally has a functional quality to it as well. It is art with a purpose. Think of Pennsylvania weather vanes, Carousel horses, Dutch hexagons, autumn scarecrows, quilts and hand painted plates and you’ll get the idea.

Traditional materials include cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more. However the list of usable mediums can be updated to include many of today’s newer materials, such as synthetic fabrics, polished glass and vibrant acrylic paints. In fact these can even transform older folk art forms into creative, modern day contemporary expressions.

Click here for some innovative summer folklore activities to capture  prized summer vacations and get-togethers. 

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