National Art Day – October 25, 2019

Fri Oct 25

Art as a creative human expression encapsulates myriad things. It portrays the beauty of life or a bitter reality. It records history, revolutions, rebellions, and sometimes is a means to escape them. In short, there is no history or culture without art. That’s why days like National Art Day, celebrated on October 25, are important. Also known as International Artist’s Day, this day celebrates all forms of art — paintings, sculpture, photography, architecture, music, and more. Through this celebration we show our respect for the passion and creativity in all artists.

National Art Day - History

​1962

The famous soup cans

Andy Warhol made the famous Campbell's Soup Cans that were considered to be a breakthrough in Pop Art. The set consists of 32 silk-screened canvases, one for each of the 32 soup varieties that Campbell's sold at that time.

​1948

Jack the Dripper

​Jackson Pollock was called "Jack the Dripper" for his famous drip paintings. "No. 5, 1948" is the most expensive and renowned abstract work by this American artist.

​1870

​The Met opened

America's most famous and diverse art museum was incorporated. It opened to the public and was located at Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York.

​​1400

​Oil paint was discovered

Credit goes to the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck but in truth, oils were used before his time. Oil paint could be mixed more easily and applied in big strokes. This revolutionized the art scene.

​38,000-33,000 BC

​Venus of Hohle Fels

This small ivory carving of a female figure was discovered in southwestern Germany and is believed to be one of the oldest pieces of art discovered so far.

National Art Day Activities

  1. Buy a piece of art

    Dress up a wall and encourage a local artist on this special day.

  2. Wine and paint

    Take a painting lesson and make some friends sipping wine. You can likely frame the result!

  3. Visit an art museum

    You don't have to be an art lover or critic to spend a few hours in an art museum. Pay a visit and let art speak to you.

​5 Colorful Facts About Famous Art And Artists

  1. Dali — but not cheesy

    ​Salvador Dali once explained that the idea for melting clocks in his famous painting "The Persistence of Memory" came from Camembert cheese he saw melting in the sun.

  2. She was famous after being stolen

    ​The Mona Lisa only gained notoriety after she was stolen in 1911. For about 350 years only a few critics and scholars celebrated and acknowledged this painting!

  3. ​Painting for sport

    Did you know art competitions used to be a part of the Olympics? The categories were painting, sculpture, architechture, music, and literature.

  4. ​A gem of a painting

    ​Gemstone paintings originated in Rajasthan, India. Painters use precious and semi-precious gemstones, like ruby, sapphire, jade, lapis lazuli, etc., in fine powdered form to create beautiful works of art.

  5. ​The youngest artist

    ​Picasso could draw before he learned to walk! And the first word he spoke was "pencil."

Why We Love National Art Day

  1. It recognizes all artists

    Artists are a passionate and talented lot that deserve our respect for their work and contributions to our culture.

  2. It inspires us

    Great works of art are truly uplifting and on this day we can open our senses to such inspirations.

  3. It encourages creativity

    All artists, regardless on skill level, earnings, or status benefit from a celebration like this one.

National Art Day dates
YearDateDay
2019October 25Friday
2020October 25Sunday
2021October 25Monday
2022October 25Tuesday
2023October 25Wednesday