Know All Facts About the Great Art Clokey

Art Clokey was a popular personality in the field of stop motion clay animation.

He was born at Detroit, Michigan on October 12, 1921. His real name was Arthur Clokey.

Clokey gained his popularity from the famous film Gumbasia which he produced in association with his wife Ruth. This movie had a special clay character called “Gumby” who got the centre stage not only in the short film but in the hearts of the viewers too.

Gumbasia was a short film of 3 minute 34 second duration. It was the first venture of the couple in clay animation field. Since then Gumby and his horse Pokey had a popular presence in various TV programs. At present, the popularity of Gumby has grown to such an extent that many cartoon channels have introduced the character in their TV shows. Appearance of Art Clokey’s special character on in the TV serials began with the “Howdy Doody Show” and later The “Adventures of Gumby”.

Childhood of this great animator was full of troubles which began with the divorce of his parents due to personal altercations.

The divorce brought him the most difficult situation in which he had to make a choice among his parents. Though it was tough to accept the reality but destiny had its ways. Clokey though young, accepted the hard reality and chose to live with his father; meanwhile his mother got married to some other person in California.

It was just a beginning of troubles for the young Arthur; many more were waiting on his way.

After forgetting all the bad memories of the troublesome days of the time that led to the splitting of his parents, Arthur began a new life with his father.

But the dreams of a bright future shattered soon with the untimely death of his father. In this situation the lonely child had no option but to move to her mother’s new home in California.

Though it seemed fine at beginning and provided him a new dwelling place, but here even the troubles followed him. Now it was his step father who turned him out of the house to an orphanage.

Even after living a life full of sadness and bad experiences, the child had hopes in his eyes which blossomed with his formal adoption by Joseph W. Clokey. Joseph W. Clokey was a classical music composer who used to teach music at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

It was Mr. Clockey who gave Arthur the quality for which he is known by admitting him to an art school.

This environment at the school made him an expert in stop motion clay animation and finally led to discovery of the famous character Gumby.

This great personality left for the heavenly abode on January 8, 2010 at his home in California. He was 88 years of age. Though he is no more, but his character Gumby will keep him alive in the hearts of the viewers forever. People will still enjoy his sense of imagination whenever the character Gumby will present itself on the centre stage.

Pattern Making As an Art Decorative Technique

A pattern is an organised arrangement of the elements of design such as dots, lines, shapes, textures, colours etc. on a surface using any appropriate technique for decoration. Pattern making is an experimental process since the resultant designs cannot be predicted by the artist.

Patterns can be used as designs for paper bags, clothes, greeting cards, fringes, garlands or tassels, and pop-up. There are several techniques in pattern making. Examples of pattern making techniques are Sponging, Veining, Blowing, Spraying, Spattering, Stippling, String Pulling, Wax-resist/crayon batik, Marbling, Scribbling, Rubbing-in, Rubbing-out etc.

Sponging

This technique of pattern making involves the use of sponge as the principal tool for the creation of the patterns. The sponge can be laid or spread on the material (such as paper or cloth). The paint or ink is then dabbed with foam at the open areas of the sponge. The paint or ink can also be sprayed onto material after laying the sponge. The nett patterns or diamond shaped patterns of the sponge would appear on the material. Another technique is immersing the sponge in the paint or ink and rolling it on the material or paper to create the patterns.

Spattering

This form of pattern making involves the application of paint in a liquid form by splashing the paint on the surface of the material to create interesting patterns. Sometimes, the tips of brushes are loaded with colour or ink and the thumb is used in splashing the colour onto the material such as paper. The splashing of the coloured pigment or paint can be done with a piece of foam or brush loaded with paint.

Spraying

This is the application of paint or colour spilt through the tiny holes of a spray diffuser or atomiser. The spray can or container is filled with different coloured pigments or ink and is sprayed one at a time onto the material in several ways to create interesting designs. Surfaces of

Papers for writing calligraphy and other forms of wall hangings are decorated with spray patterns in varieties of colours.

Stippling

This is the use of a drawing tool or implement in creating series of dots in an organised pattern on a material. Marking tools such as pencils, crayons, markers and pens can be used in creating interesting patterns of dots on paper and cards. This form of pattern making can be used to decorate the background of cards to be used for greeting cards, certificates and other forms of wall hangings. Pointed metallic tools such as gouges, chisels and texturing nails can be used in creating decorative textures in the form of dots on backgrounds of wood, clay and leather.

String Pulling

This is the technique of creating patterns on a material by the use of strings. These strings are immersed in a colour pigment or ink. The coloured string is then pulled for the colours to spill on the material to create decorative patterns on the paper.

Scribbling

This method of creating patterns involves the creation of random abstract lines with a marking tool, generally without ever lifting the drawing device off of the paper. The scribbles which are often created with different coloured marking tools result in eye-catching and attractive patterns on papers. These can be used in producing designs on paper bags, garlands, greeting cards etc.

Paper marbling

This is a method of aqueous (water) surface design used in producing patterns. The patterns are the result of colour usually, oil paint poured to float on either the surface of plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. It can also be used as designs on papers to be used in producing paper bags.

Wax Resist/ Crayon Batik

This form of pattern making involves the use of wax in resisting parts of a paper or fabric and either applying colour or ink on the entire surface of the material. After the paint or ink is dried on the surface of the material, the wax is scratched off or removed to create interesting patterns. Another technique is applying the waxed design on the surface of the material and immersing it in a paint, dye or ink solution. The wax is freed off the material after the paint or dye is dried to create the patterns. Coloured crayons can be used for creating attractive patterns on materials before paint, dye or ink is applied.

Six Tips on How to Put on a Memorable Art Exhibit

There are a few goals you want to achieve with an art exhibit or an art show. One is to show your art to the public, to share your ideas and to possibility make a positive change in the world with your art.

Another goal would be to sell your artworks to collectors.

And the third would be to gain new collectors and fans.

The trick is to make them glad that they came to your exhibit. I’m surprised at how many artists and even gallerists and curators don’t know how to do this.

You know the feeling; you are excited to go to the solo show of an artist that you’ve been a fan of for years. You are finally going to purchase a piece of their art, and you are so glad to get to meet them in person. You arrive to the gallery, only to be disappointed by the lack of friendliness and interest that the artist has in you. You leave, empty handed.

If you don’t make the attendees feel welcome and glad that they came, then not only did you lose a sale that night, but you’ve lost a sale from that person forever. It’s the little things that make the difference.

Here is a list of six things you can do to make sure that every person that comes to your exhibit will leave feeling a little closer to you and your art:

1. Greet every person at the door and tell them “I’m glad you’re here!” Shake their hand. (If you can’t greet every person, make sure that your people are helping you.)

2. Ask everyone what their name is and where they are from. Engage and act as though you are interested in them.

3. Direct every new arrival to the first piece they should have a look at or where they should begin.

4. The art world is a small one. It will be good manners to connect your guests with other guests “Oh, Tom, I want you to meet Phil. He’s been an admirer of your art for some time.”

5. Offer to give a tour of your new paintings – walk the guest or small groups of people from one painting to another, answering their questions as you go.

6. When someone’s leaving, thank them for coming, and mean it.

Just these small actions will make the difference between your event being memorable or not.

What if you’re shy or not a people person? Many artists have trouble being outgoing. That’s okay – just as you learned to paint, you can learn to be friendly and act interested in people. It doesn’t take a lot to say hello to everyone that walks into your exhibit. And it’s just as easy to thank them when they are leaving.

Make the effort, and the rewards will come back to you tenfold.