World Art Day: Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). In honor of the great Italian artist and polymath who stands on April 15 since 2017 for the international day of art (Engl. Art Day ). At least when it comes to the international artist network Artists For A Better World International (AFABW), whose member Becky Mate launched this day of action in 1998. Originally still as a flexible date on the second Friday in August, the change to Leonardo’s birthday took place as a fixed date in 2017. This article from the collection of the curious World Days tells what this day of action is all about.
Goals and intention: What do you celebrate on World Art Day?
In contrast to many other curious holidays and action days with a reference to art, the Art Day is primarily about doing something yourself. The initiators are less concerned with quality or craftsmanship, but rather with praise for creativity and the positive power that can emanate from such work. Accordingly, one should also use this occasion and, for example, paint a picture, write a song, write a text. Main thing is creative themselves and makes others happy with it (see also exemplary contribution to the Weltjugendstiltag (Engl. World Art Nouveau Day) on June 10).
Who started the International Art Day?
As already indicated at the beginning, there is at least very specific information about its origins in the case of Art Day. Today’s occasion goes back to the American artist Becky Mate and the year 1998. Although this day of art is now supported by the worldwide artist network Artists For A Better World International (AFABW), Mate must definitely be seen as the intellectual originator of this day of action in honor of art.
Although there are certain this content overlap with the 2012 by the International Association of Art (IAA) initiated World Art Day on April 15 or the International special day of art are (Engl. International Art Appreciation Day) on August 9, the type to be understood as an independent event.
Why does World Art Day fall on April 15th?
While Art Day originally always fell on the second Friday in August as a flexible date, Mate decided to change the date in 2017. Specifically, she chose April 15, which, as Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, was also the godfather of World Art Day or Art History Day, which is also celebrated on this date (see also the other contributions from Calendar of curious birthdays ).
According to Mate, the decision for this change was justified for two reasons: On the one hand, of course, as a symbolic bow to the Italian Grand Master Leonardo, on the other hand, a gesture of solidarity towards the initiators of World Art Day (see also the list of related links below). In contrast to the originally flexible date, this also provides a reason for the selected date.
And who can not do anything of you so that, for / provided by the 15 April the US Grump-day (Engl. Griper’s Day), the day of the eraser (Engl. National National Rubber Eraser Day), the National deed sucks day (dt. mutatis mutandis Everything-is-shit-day ) and the Titanic Memorial a number calendrical alternatives.
In this sense: Happy Birthday Leonardo. Be creative and have a great Art Day. No matter where in the world you are celebrating this day of action. 🙂
International World Art Day theme
Today you should become artistically active yourself. It’s not about quality or craftsmanship, but about the joy and fun of creative work. Use today’s occasion and paint a picture, write a fairy tale, compose a song, choreograph a dance, design a costume or make pottery. Okay, this can turn into quite a mess in the apartment if you’re handling slippery clay or wet clay. No wonder if Papa gets wrong with his tone as soon as he sees it. Maybe you better start with FIMO modeling clay. They can be shaped clean and dry and hardened in an oven at 110 degrees Celsius.
World Art Day Quotes
“It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create.” ― J. M. W. Turner
“The Achilles heel of an artist lies in the hope that his art is good.” ― Kapil Gupta
“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” ― Anais Nin
“Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands.” ― Millard Sheets
“When I paint, I never think of selling. People fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights.” ― Edvard Munch
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso
“You have a million excuses. Write anyway.”― Carrie Kei Heim
“Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.” ― Anselm Kiefer
“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.” ― Neil Gaiman
“More important than a work of art itself is what it will sow. Art can die, a painting can disappear. What counts is the seed.” ― Joan Miro
“Creativity is taking the best skills and techniques from experts around you and improving upon them.”
“My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing.” ― Peter Falk
“For me drawing is an attempt to understand what I feel about the world I live in.” ― Brian Froud
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.” ― Joan Miro
“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
“Practice what you know and it will help you to make clear what you do not know.” ― Rembrandt
“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” ― Kimon Nicolaides
“The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was beauty. The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worthwhile.” ― Roger Scruton