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What is Folk Art?

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Folk Art can be described as art that is of the people, for the people and by the people. These artists are interested in making art that tells stories about daily life or the culture of their community.

July 15, 2020

Today we are looking at some Folk Art paintings that were recently donated to Glenbow’s collection. But what is Folk Art?

An introduction to Folk Art for kids

These artworks were made by people who are self-taught artists. They didn’t go to school to learn about art, and they usually make art for fun or as a hobby, rather than as a job. Folk Art tends to be simple in style and is often very colourful. Folk artists usually aren’t worried about making things look realistic or accurate, so they don’t follow traditional art rules about perspective or proportion. These artists are more interested in making art that tells stories about daily life or the culture of their community.

Folk Art can be described as art that is of the people, for the people and by the people.

This video will take you on a virtual tour of some of these paintings. Look at the details that the artists included and try to imagine what life is like for the people in the paintings. Try looking around in your own environment. What would you paint to represent you and your daily life?

#GlenbowFromHome is Glenbow’s way of continuing to provide a regular infusion of art and culture into your daily lives even while we are closed and doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We know art can provide inspiration, beauty and, most importantly, a sense of connection to the people and world around us. Since we can’t connect in person at the moment, we’re bringing Glenbow right to you in your home — through virtual tours, online collections, educational videos, activity ideas, webinars and more.

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We’re creating opportunities for you to experience art outside of Glenbow’s walls. We know that having access to art and culture is an important part of our daily lives, so you can access Glenbow online anytime — through these virtual tours, online collections, educational videos, activity ideas, webinars and more.

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