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February 7, 2017

Art has been known to be therapeutic in many different ways. Some find comfort in viewing art that has been created by others or creating their own. You do not have to be a professional artist to find comfort in both appreciating or creating art.

Improving Emotional Health: Studies have shown that looking at visual art stimulates the emotional processing areas of the brain. Viewing art triggers your brain to contemplate and make connections, even if you are not consciously aware. Individuals feel rewarded and receive pleasure from viewing art. Whether the response to the art is melancholy, pensive, or cheerful, it is healthy to process emotions and art can be instrumental in this process.

Making Connections: Art inspires connections to occur within the brain. It also is a great way for people to connect with those around them through a common source of discussion. Viewing art in museums or galleries has been a pastime for many years. People gather to experience the visual stimulus in sol...

December 5, 2016

Artists can inspire a movement or inspire a generation. Here are some of the most influential artist throughout history who have made an impact on those around them.

Leonardo Da Vinci:

Known for more than just art, Leonardo Da Vinci was an inventor known for exploring fields such as science, medicine, and air travel. As a painter, his iconic pieces include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, or the Vitruvian Man. Each of these works explore humanity, religion, and science that made Da Vinci such an influential member of the art community.

Michelangelo Buonarroti:

Most famous for his Sistine chapel painting, this artist was also well known for his sculptures as well.

Vincent Van Gogh:

Van Gogh received little acclaim during his life and his paintings were appreciated posthumously. One of the most unique aspects of his work were the personal touch seen such has his self-portraits.

Pablo Picasso:

Picasso was known for his passion and redefining the way spectators view and appreciate art. His work i...

October 19, 2016

2017 is right around the corner and the new ideas for structural and aesthetic design are emerging. See what is predicted for the new year so you can stay ahead of the curve!

Revisiting Traditional Materials for Commercial Buildings:

There is a drive to return to building materials such as timber or compacted earth. While that may seem backwards, there are new developments on how to manipulate the material for maximum security, such as laminated wood that is sturdier and more fire resistant. With new innovation, a host of materials that may not have been thought about in many years can resurface back into the market, offering new perspectives for both functionality and appearance.

Health and Environment Conscious Housing:

Overall health is becoming a major concern as new studies emerge showing how our environment can affect our well-being. Since we spend a large amount of our time in our homes and place of work, being in a building that maximizes air flow, is made from organic or non-toxic...

October 14, 2016

In a world where space is shrinking, teaching future generations the importance of utilizing space and how to create designs that are captivating, as well as useful, is essential. Canstruction combines creativity and problem-solving skills that are essential to growth and exploration in young children.

While some of these children may grow up into future engineers or architects, it is building a generation of thinkers that is essential. Especially when these thinkers are taught to work together to come up with creative solutions to problems. Some of the most significant skills that are developed through the arts are visual learning, inventiveness, and decision making. Building a structure out of marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti may not seem like it would take a lot of skill, but it provides the opportunity for resourcefulness and imagination. Questions run through the mind that must be answered: What do I want my structure to look like? How many materials will I need? My structure fe...

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