"We are used to understanding the purpose of art in Romantic terms, as the fruit of individual artistic genius, that we forget that for most of history art had a plainer and more direct purpose: it was a tool of education.
The point of art was to render tough or knotty lessons easier to absorb; to nudge our recalcitrant minds towards accepting ideas that we might nod along to but then ignore if they were not stated in especially varnished and graceful terms."
The School of Life by Alain de Botton, 2019
KARTON AS AN ART STUDIO
Lessons in the art studio Karton are based on individual approach. We are interested in creating a friendly atmosphere that contributes to the development of personal skills in art.
We are starting Karton Marathon to develop a habit of drawing every day. The first week of the marathon will be from 8th till 14th of June. Theme of the week is going to be 'exploration of the materials'. Each day will be dedicated to a specific technique which we will publish beforehand. It is important to make at least one work each day. We are very welcome to both people with or without any experience in drawing. It is always very interesting and helpful to see different approaches and therefore to learn from each other. After the group will be formed, a facebook group will be created where we are going to post everything related to the marathon. This is going to be an open platform where you can ask and give opinion if needed. Team of Karton is also going to take a part in the challenge, so getting a feedback from us also will be possible. If you wish to share your creations in other social media, don't forget to use a hashtag #kartonmarathon.
Materials: 1. a graphite pencil 2. a pen 3. color pencils 4. collage materials 5. markers 6. paint - watercolors, gouache, acrylic 7. mixed media
Karton art studio is a space where we are open for everyone. We approach everyone individually as each of us has different personal goals. It is very important for us to take into account everyone's interests and develop a program of the lessons based on that. To attend our lessons, the most important thing is to have INTEREST un DESIRE to do so, previous knowledge is not necessary.
For the past years we have been working with everyone - starting from children of 5 years old, to teenagers, youngsters and adults. We have written 5 youth initiatives and got a financial support from the Riga department of education, culture and sport to organize different events for youngsters that were free for them to attend. We have been preparing youngsters for entrance exams to Janis Rozentals Riga Art Highschool and to the Art Academy of Latvia.
KARTON AS A YOUNG ARTISTS COMMUNITY
As we are art students ourselves, we are organizing events that would anyway be present in our everyday lives - creative evenings, movie nights, exhibition visits, plein-airs all year round. Once in a while we organize our own exhibition or make a project together ( YF SHOP ; YUMTA).
We are open to new people, technologies, medias and collaborations; going on plein-airs; to teach and to learn; that is why once a month we are organizing creative evenings where we invite everyone to come to meet us, get to know each other, talk and discuss ideas. News are displayed on our social media accounts in Facebook and Instagram.
Karton team members are youngsters and adults that are interested in art. We are constantly learning and developing ourselves and next to that we are offering to share our experiences and knowledge gained in different art schools.