Getting your pad all decorated at university is a challenging experience on a budget – anyone who has ever been there would know! Students love to spend time with art, from pondering at sculptures in national galleries to creating very own masterpieces of their own.
As digital technology takes hold of our lives in so many ways, there really is no excuse anymore for not dabbling in culture. The Google Art Project, for one, gives you the opportunity to save fares on tickets to Florence, and catch a glimpse of the artworks displayed at their Uffizi museum from your very own hall-room.
All you need to bring with you to this exhibition is the desire to learn and an interest in educational content…for a change, you know when you are at university, that’s what’s expected from you! The Google venture includes fancy information on abstraction, Andy Warhol and his pop art and the meaning behind Claude Monet’s brushstrokes.
To develop a refined taste in art, it’s important to first be knowledgeable about the subject – you will love marble and bronze sculptures more if you know the backstory – the inspiration behind the craft in minute detail! To shop for the perfect painting for your dorm room, find an aesthetic you can relate to. The art you purchase speaks volumes about your character and your interests so choose wisely here because you don’t want to give people off the impression that you love saxophones, when you don’t but have a nice saxophone print up on your wall, now!
One of the popular destinations for art shopping is on eBay or Amazon, because such art-focused websites have earned people’s trust in being in-the-know about what is the coolest piece of art to own right this instant. A gallery scene is more likely visible in New York, than Minnesota, so what sites like these are doing is that they are feeding into the mass movement of democratization of the availability of art. Here’s our selection of the best sites to purchase art from, for your room:
Artstar Contemporary art lovers will find this place more to their liking. Most pieces can be deemed affordable for the student budget (on average they cost about £70) and there’s something to suit everybody, be it whimsical children’s collections or fancy surf art. The motive behind the project is to give art lovers everywhere a chance to purchase art they love, as opposed to displaying them in galleries and restricting access to millions of people around the world interested in being part of the art collective.
Art.co.uk Housing mostly prints, their collecting is huge and cheap. You can find something here for as less as £10 so do have a look if vintage Vogue Prints, beautiful shots of 1920s Paris, and rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe peak your interest. There is an option to frame your purchase as well, in a range of customised editions of frames so go ahead and get creative with your art-print purchase.
Artspace Artspace is a digital haven, partly thanks to its collaboration with Tate Museum in London and the Met museum in NYC and it’s tag for promoting non-profit ventures, with a contemporary soul. Prints, paintings, you name it they’ve got it!
Saatchi Art Saatchi Art is based off the infamous Saatchi Gallery in London. They stock amazing original artwork and prints, and if you love to explore the unknown and support emerging and young talent in the art world, you can learn more about them right here too. Artists these days, just like you, are experimenting more with art – merging photography with fashion, music with classicalism and building up a revolution in…you guessed it: street art (the Banksy collective is really powering on!), so now would be a very good time to get with the very-in-art-crowd.