Artists back on school benches

Sculptors, designers, musicians … since 2013, they finally benefit from continuing education. An unrecognized right that allows them to expand their palette and develop their creativity. This summer, in Strasbourg, the High School of Arts of the Rhine, inaugurated a set of workshops for visual artists.

Few people know: since 2013, artists-authors have the right to continuing education … which all other employees have enjoyed since 1971! The idea? Allow any active person to deepen his skills free of charge, on the premise that learning, a guarantee of fulfillment, does not necessarily end in studies. Why so long deprived artists-authors? Perhaps because of a too romantic vision of these, though as cut off from the world of work and its practical aspects. “The artists are the first to laugh when we talk to them about” continuing education “, imagining having to follow an” InDesign internship “or” conflict management “, says David Cascaro.

Last July, in Strasbourg, this director of the High School of Arts of the Rhine (HEAR which includes the Higher School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, the Mulhouse School of Art and the Academy of Music of Strasbourg) inaugurated summer sessions for them. Either a set of workshops lasting three to five days, ranging from design to sound creation and molding techniques.

Ceramics, molding or practice of presence

Boulle, Estienne, Beaux-Arts of Paris: many schools (but also independent artists convention) offer courses likely to be financed by the Afdas, the organization which, since its creation in 1971, manages the financing of the continuing education in the areas of culture, communication, and recreation. Thanks to a contribution of 0.35% deducted from artists’ pay slips and 0.1% from broadcasters, Afdas finances up to 7 200 euros of training per person per year: in 2014, she has offered internships to nearly 2,000 artist-writers.

Sculpture, photography, music: whatever their field, visual artists can follow any training. Including those called “transversal”, useful for any professional: languages, management, internet or even gestures and postures. Only condition: to be affiliated to the Agessa (the social security of artists-authors) or to the House of Artists, or to justify having collected 9 000 euros of copyright over the last three years. And make a request at least fifteen days before the desired training.

For the artist-author, this is an opportunity to enrich his palette. This summer at the HEAR, Jeanne Bischoff followed a sharp training in ceramics and molding, areas where she was still a novice. “I work on the motif and the old engravings but the object interests me more and more. We need to confront new techniques to enrich our practice, ” says the artist, who regrets not having had this chance ” earlier in life. “Since 2013, Zahra Poonawala has, in turn, used almost all annual rights to form. Specialist in sound arts, interactive installations, performances, and videos, she has especially benefited to adapt to new editing software. Exchanges of knowledge, readings of texts: at the HEAR summer school, the artist has this time received training on the “practice of presence”. “The meeting with a philosopher made me reconnect with this discipline which seemed to be obscure. She made me want to attend other conferences, “she says.

“We could compare our performances, which is a wealth” Antonin Goyard

Because it is also a question of thinking about his art. Also at HEAR, Antonin Goyard attended a workshop on performance and bodywork. The opportunity “to reflect” on his practice of mural and monumental painting. “For the first time, I was taking a course that posed real questions about art,” says the self-taught, who registered to put himself in danger. I wanted to get other people back on my work and put myself on the side of the learner. What is hard is to get off his pedestal: while we are master of his studio, we find ourselves behind the desk, “he confesses. But these formations are precious places of exchange and boiling: “We were able to confront our performances, which is a wealth. Nobody sees things the same way. There is a laboratory side, test area. ”

Only downside: often poorly informed, artists-writers still hesitate to take the plunge. “They are not so used to being entitled to that there were quite a few participants,” said Jeanne Bischoff. To the point that some workshops have been canceled due to lack of registrations. “Yet these courses are funded 100% by the Afdas or the department! I could access it very simply, ” she rejoices. Hoping that others will also seize the opportunity.

How do you choose a painting that fits your home?

It may be a bit of a challenge to choose the right painting for the wall in the living room or other room of the home.

There are many factors that matter and decide whether the painting ultimately fits the place where it is intended.

Here is the article, you can read a little about what to take into account if you want to be sure of your choice so that the painting fits perfectly into your interior.

When you have an empty wall in the living room or somewhere else in the home where there is little art on the wall.

And you have taken into account the factors that are important in the context of where the work is going to hang: How big is the room, how much space is there on the wall, how is the viewpoint of the painting and how are the lighting conditions.

Then there are a number of factors that you should have in mind when looking for a painting you might want to buy.

The most important thing is of course, first of all, that you think the paintings you buy are amazing. That you like to look at them and think they fit well into your home. Even if they are bought as an investment. Because you will look at them on the wall countless times every day. And there’s no need to decorate your home with things that do not give a positive mood in everyday life and boost your mood.

So the guidelines I mention here are intended to help you be well-dressed when looking for paintings on exhibitions, fairs, online, galleries, and other places.

Should your painting be unique or copied?

The first consideration you should make is whether you want unique original art, or if it’s nice with a copy painting.

Immediately there is a much really beautiful painting, both as unique works of art and as copy paintings. The copy paintings have – a little undeserved – got a blurred reputation. Due to the fact that, in the beginning about 20 years ago, some bad quality paintings from China were imported. But today it is possible to get copious paintings in a sensible quality, with blind frames of pinewood fir tree and a good canvas. And you can also find copy art painted by Danish artists under the pseudonym.

The difference between unique paintings and copy paintings is primarily about 3 factors:

Firstly, a unique painting is outstanding.

That means it’s “one of a kind”. You are the only one who has it and you can use it to create your very own special decor in your home, which no-one else can copy.

If you have a copy painting on the wall and your neighbor (or family or friends) thinks it’s amazing then he/she can go out and buy an identical painting and hang it on the wall of the living room. It may be a little bit bad if you have spent a lot of time and effort on your own decor.

Secondly, a unique painting has a history behind the creation, the artist has spent a lot of time doing the work. There are lots of nice little details in the work, and often a big depth in the subject.

An artist who creates a painting always has an idea behind the work. There can be many different sources – visual impressions – seen in nature – play with colors – combination with colors – play with materials – message politically or socially – or maybe something completely different.

Unique artworks often draw with their depth and many fine details. This means that you can spend a lot of time studying the work, and constantly discover new exciting details and perspectives. And you, therefore, want to look at it over and over again.

Thirdly, the artist is known for a unique painting. You can follow his career, and eventually, buy more works by the same artist. So there is a correlation between the paintings in your home.

Decorated with paintings in your home

It may be a big challenge to create unique decor with a perfect balance between furniture, textiles, and paintings.

There are various factors that determine how it should be set up. Below, where to hang, how to measure the distance correctly and where you will find new paintings.

If you follow the tips I give, you get a unique decor, and family and friends are impressed. See how to customize

Should the painting last for many years or be replaced quickly?

It is an important decision whether the paintings you buy should have a long shelf life, or they will be replaced in a couple of years.

If you like to buy paintings according to the colors you use in pillows, sheets, blankets and other fabrics for your home. Then you will typically change your painting at 2-5 years apart. And the quality paintings are made in, therefore, is not essential.

If you buy paintings, for motives you think is amazing and you expect to have the paintings many years to come. Thus, the quality of the materials is crucial to the long-term durability of the paintings.

When you want to make sure your new works are of the right quality. Then ask the artist about what he/she has used of materials for painting, blind frame, canvas, media, and top sheet. Please write down the answers and examine (Google) how the quality is.

It is always a good idea that the painting is finished with a top coat that protects the surface with UV and dirt. And it also makes cleaning much easier. Remember to ask if the used top sheet can be removed again so that it is possible to restore the surface.

Of course, if the quality of the materials is high or low, it also has an impact on what it costs an artist to do a painting. Quality materials can easily cost 5-10 times more than the cheapest alternatives.

Check the quality before you buy

Does the quality of a painting matter?

Yes, if you want to keep the painting and enjoy the motif for many years to come, it’s crucial that the work has a quality that holds.

When you buy paintings for your home, it may be difficult to immediately assess how the quality is. This is especially true if you buy online without having seen the painting “live” first.

Here’s a checklist of the things to look for if you want to be sure to buy paintings that last many years. See the checklist

How should the colors be in your painting?

As for the colors that should be in your new painting, there are 3 starting points:

Firstly, you can choose to look for works of art containing your favorite colors. If you can not find the color combinations you want, there is always the possibility that you will find an artist who makes the designs you want. and then you can ask the artist if it is possible to paint a painting with your favorite colors.

Secondly, you can choose to view the painting as part of the decor and either match or complement the colors of textiles (pillows, sheets, blankets, etc.) and furniture.

And the third option is that you make it entirely up to the artist to decide the colors themselves.

What motives do you like?

Choosing a painting motif can be difficult as there are many different conditions that play in. Here are some of the concerns behind:

Should it be something personal that tells a story about yourself and your family? Should there be any signs, symbols or cultural references, and say something about who you are as a person and a human being? Or, could it be a motive that’s just nice and exciting to look at?

Pure style distinguishes between figurative and non-figurative motives.

Figurative motifs describe real-life scenes as accurately and accurately as possible. The artist tries to hit the scenery and colors exactly.

Non-figurative motifs show scenarios that, to a greater or lesser extent, have an abstract character. Right from a completely random use of colors, to motifs that use lines and sketches that form shapes and references.

If you have no idea what you want purely motivational, look at art around. The more time you spend studying paintings, the better you will see what you think looks good.

And of course, it should be a live experience if you want maximum enjoyment. So go to museums, galleries, exhibitions, art shows and more where you can talk to artists and galleries, thus learning more about the art and the artists.

You can also look around the web, but of course, it’s not the same as seeing the works in reality.

What size painting is perfect?

When you buy paintings, you have made lots of thoughts about where to hang in your home. So it’s always a good idea to consider the size of the work of art. Typically it matters to the dimensions:

How big is the room and what shape does it have?

How much space is there on the wall? Is there any possibility of changing the location of furniture so that there is more or less space?

Generally, it is a good choice to buy large paintings for large rooms and small paintings for small spaces.

Read more about how to decide the size and hang up paintings in your home:

Decorate your home with small paintings

When you use paintings for decoration in your home, you have the opportunity to use images in many different sizes. Large paintings are often chosen because they are easier to place correctly on the wall and they become a natural focal point.

But you should consider whether it is not a good idea to decorate with small paintings. Because they have a number of advantages over large paintings.

Read here why small paintings are worth considering and see how to use them in your device. Including wherein the home they fit in perfectly, how to arrange them and how to hang them up Decorated with small paintings

What is your budget?

Once you have all the basics in place around your new painting with regard to quality, colors, opposites, and sizes. Then the next step is to set a budget for what the price must be.

It is clear that a lot of realism is needed here.

For example, it does not fit well if you want a unique painting made by a recognized 100 x 100 cm artist and with canvas as well as a blind frame in a good quality. And you will only give 500 dkk for it. Only a good artificial leather with a stable 40 mm blind frame can easily cost over 500 dkk.

Then you find it hard to find a painting that suits your budget.

What is such a fair price for a 100 × 100 cm painting?

It’s a good question that’s hard to answer. But I will try to give you an idea of different price levels:

kinarred with blind frame in poplar or the like, copy painting – from approx. 500 dkk
kinalarred with blind frame in pop-tree or the like, unknown artist – from about 1,000 dkk
kinarred with blind frame in pop-tree or similar, known artist – from about 2,000 dkk
artificial leather with a blind frame in the pinewood fir tree, copy painting – from about 1,500 dkk
artificial leather with a blind frame in the stave-lime fir tree, unknown artist – from about 2,500 dkk
artificial leather with a blind frame in the stave-lime fir tree, known artist – from about 5,000 dkk

Please be aware that these are only starting points. There are extremely large fluctuations in what a painting costs. And it does not always matter with the quality of the materials used. But is more about how sought after an artist’s works are in the market.

Where do you find your new painting her?

There are today many places you can buy art and paintings – both online and in the real world.


Online you can find lots of art, including paintings. But it may seem a bit unimaginable as there are countless websites – from artists to furniture stores and supermarkets.

I recommend looking at artists, galleries and art portals. Because here you can contact and talk to the artist who made the work. And get the information you need before making your decision.

In the real world

I mean art to be seen in reality. It gives the best experience of how a painting looks and works in different viewing angles and with good lighting.

There are many places where you can see and buy unique paintings and copy paintings.

Most artists have a gallery, studio or an exhibition where you have the opportunity to see current works. You can visit art exhibitions, exhibitions or galleries. And so, most furniture retailers, construction markets and hypermarkets also have a smaller painting range.

See the painting on your wall before you decide?

Do you have the opportunity to see your new “live” painting on your wall before you make the final decision to buy it?

Today there are some sales of paintings online. And even if you buy directly from an artist or gallery, they can be located far away from one’s place of residence. Which makes it hard to slip by and see the work. Before the purchase decision is taken.

How a painting actually looks like colors, tones and shadows can be difficult to evaluate from photos. Because the place where it should hang in the home has a different illumination than it has been used during the photo shootings.

It is therefore always a good idea to borrow the painting home if possible. As an alternative to ensuring a return. So you can return the painting if it does not meet expectations and fit in as expected.

Some artists also offer that you can send photos of the walls where the paintings are to be placed. They then put the paintings into your photos so you can get an impression of what it looks like.

Summary of how to choose a painting

When looking for art for your walls, you should be aware of:

Should it be a unique or copy art?
Should it take many years or change quickly?
How should the colors be?
How should the subject be?
What size should it have?
What is your budget?

If you make any thoughts about the above conditions before you start looking for the perfect painting. Then you are well dressed to evaluate the works you are looking at.

It can, of course, be difficult just to find the perfect painting you need. With the quality, the motif, the colors and the size you’d most like.

Then there is always the opportunity to contact an artist there painting motifs in a style you are happy with. And then make the artist make your very own artwork, where you influence the subject, color, and size.

Most image artists – myself included – are aware that the paintings that are created have a good quality purely artistic. So it may be that the artist in question does not meet your wishes 100%. But you always get a reason why the wishes cannot be met.

Where I usually encounter problems in relation to orders is primarily about colors, color tones, color combinations and what colors should be dominant. And so, subjects that get up or down can look very different to the original. Due to a change in the perspective.

So you must be aware of when ordering.

Future under construction – Doxiades in Skopje: Exhibition at the Benaki Museum

The exhibition of the Benaki Museum, “Future Under Construction – Doxiades in Skopje” presents for the first time the impressive work of Doxiades in Skopje, which includes detailed records of earthquake damage, design strategies and a new urban plan for the city.

Fifty-five years after the 1963 earthquake that demolished 80% of the city of Skopje, Constantine A. Doxiades ‘s contribution to the redesign of the city is still largely unknown. Similarly, the history of the buildings that eventually formed the new urban landscape of Skopje after the design of the city center at the office of the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange remains the same. Today, extraordinary samples of metabolic and brutish currents suffer decades of abandonment and depreciation.

At the same time, he presents to the Greek audience the work of Kenzo Tange for the center of Skopje, as well as a series of buildings of significant Yugoslav architects still standing today in the city center.

The exhibition and the relevant events are co-organized by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture, the Museum of the City of Skopje and the Benaki Museum in collaboration with the support of the Athens 2018 World Capital Prize, the great donor of which is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and they are also carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The material of the exhibition comes mainly from the Archive of Konstantinos A. Doxiadis of the Konstantinos Foundation and Emmas Doxiadis and the private collection of Jovan Ivanovski, Ana Ivanovska Deskova, and Vladimir Deskov.

The exhibition will take place at the Benaki / Piraeus 138 Museum on the day of the inaugural workshop (15.00 – 19.30) with international invited scientists and free entrance for the public. On Tuesday 18th December at 18.00 a roundtable will be held and a presentation of the exhibition list (booking required). The discussion will be conducted in Greek with invited by the local scientific community. There will be two free guided tours from the custody team (17.00-18.00 / booking required).


Curators: Kalliopi Amygdalou, Ana Ivanovska Deskova, Jovan Ivanovski, Vladimir Deskov, Kostas Tsiabaos

Assistant Editor: Christos Kritikos

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From: 17/12/2018 Until 17/02/2019

Thursday & Sunday, 10:00 -18: 00 | Friday & Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00


Benaki Museum, Piraeus 138, Athens