November 25, 2014

Five Fun Facts About Paint

Did you know that the Greek Philosopher Plato is credited with the discovery that mixing two different paint colors together will create a third, new color? Or that the first interior painting was a cave drawing done roughly 40,000 years ago in France?

To remind everyone about our upcoming Golden Lecture and Demo we’ve rounded up five fun facts about paint:


Marco Evaristti's 'Ice Cube Project' 2004
Evaristti’s ‘Ice Cube Project’ 2004

In 2004, the Chilean artist Marco Evaristti used three fire hoses and 3,000 liters of pigment to paint the tip of an iceberg in Greenland bright red. Read about it here on NBC News.


As they say, necessity is the mother of all invention! Francis Davis Millet is credited with the invention of spray paint while working under tight deadlines to complete construction for The Chicago World’s Fair.


At one time, the most expensive pigment was ultra-marine. It was made from a lapis lazuli, which you might find in an ancient illuminated manuscript, which were created using paints made from a mixture of crushed precious stones and a binding agent.


Oil paints don’t dry. Instead they harden due to oxidation, usually in about two weeks, and are ready to be varnished in roughly six months. However, sometimes it takes years for an oil painting to fully harden!


The earliest known oil paintings were Buddhist murals found in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan caves. They date back to the 7th century CE. Read about it here on CNN.


Bonus Fact! (Not about paint, but still pretty cool)

Remember the colorwheel? It’s older than the United States. Sir Isaac Newton (ahem, genius) created it in 1706. According to the History of Color, he “took bar of colors created by the passage of light through a prism and transformed it into a segmented circle, where the size of each segment differed according to his calculations of its wavelength and of its corresponding width in the spectrum.”


Ok, if you thought this was fun, then you’re gonna love the free Golden Lecture and Demo taking place during AAC’s December First Thursday on Dec 4 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The session will cover a broad range of Golden Acrylics products, as well as information on Williamsburg Oils and QoR Watercolors. Learn about pigment properties and paint formulations, gels, pastes, grounds, color mixing, drying time, health and safety concerns, and more!

Come, join us at this free lecture and demo to learn more about paint and the different ways it can be used! The best part – you’ll get a palette-full of knowledge and a bag of fun samples so you can try these techniques at home!

An Adventure of Being

Extended to February 11, 2024

Smith & Meyer Galleries
Featured Artists: Vincent Cy Chen, Nicki Cherry, Jeremy Olson, and Stephanie J. Williams

An Adventure of Being explores blurred boundaries, physical breakdown, and states of in-between-ness. The painting, sculpture, and installations included in the exhibition incorporate materials and forms that bring to mind living beings.

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Whether you are giving the gift of creativity this year to a friend or family member, or you plan to set a new year’s resolution to get back into creating, sign up today to secure your spot in one of MoCA’s wonderful programs! From drawing and painting to ceramics and mixed media, you are sure to find an inspiring art class.

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August 5, 2023 - July 28, 2024

Front Lawn
MoCA Arlington and Arlington Public Art are thrilled to co-sponsor the installation of Zaq Landsberg’s celebrated Reclining Liberty on the Museum’s front lawn.

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