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I took Latin in high school (nerd alert) and Art History in college; the first thing I thought when I read the latest Draw Along theme was a Greek columns illustration.
But what came first, the chicken or the egg? Did Romans or Greeks use columns first? I knew one of them sort of copied the other but for the life of me I couldn't remember who was the OG and who was the imposter.
Thank you internet! You reminded me that Greeks use columns in their architecture long before the Romans, and also that I have some library books due today.
One thing I NEVER forgot though, was one of the first things we were tested on in Art History all those years ago. When you have the types of Greek columns drilled into your heads as much as we did, you might still mutter Doric, Ionic, Corinthian under your breath as you walk around. People look at you like you're a little crazy.
They might be right.
(You might also remember bits and pieces of mnemonic devices you've come up with to remember little things no one else seems to need to know these days like Stonehenge is in Salisbury, England and Gothic Architecture is known for flying buttresses. I only know that last one because duh, butt jokes.)
London has to be one of my happy places. I have lived in the city for 10 years and I absolutely cherish every second. It’s full of life and has never a dull day or a moment. I have tried to capture the essence of London in this hand painted map. Sightseeing, museums, shopping, art, cafes, restaurants etc are just so amazing!
I was born in HanKou, Wuhan. HanKou is economic district in Wuhan. The historical buildings in HanKou is almost on every street and blocks. There are really exotic and beautiful, you can breathe the old history in them.
Chatsworth House and Gardens has many visitors from all over the country, but it also has a beautiful estate where there are many areas to walk. One of my favourite walks is along the river to Beeley village, you walk across two beautiful old bridges and then a climb up to the hilltop. From the Emperor Waterfall and the Hunting Tower you can enjoy fantastic views right across the Estate.
Right now all museums are closed due to national lockdown, but you can still admire their architecture from the outside and all the museums included in the map offer a virtual tour online!
If you want to experience a day of ASP student, here is a map to follow through. This a typical daily walk from back in my days Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. In the cold winter days, it was really hard to leave the house for the itchy cold. My day starts with a run to the classes, and of course deadlines. After the classes I used to go to get coffee and work in one of my favourite cafes in old town, Drukarnia. I was walking through the Basilica, where it is always windy in front. Always. Somedays, my road was changing to stop by some friends' houses, but usually ends up with a cup of coffee. And of course, if you do not share a drink with friends in a Scottish Pub, the day does not count and you need to start all over again...
One of my favorite walks in any season is through the historic village of Kinderhook in upstate New York. The village was home to the 8th president of the US, Martin Van Buren, and today has a great mixture of history, agriculture and art. The center of the village is very pedestrian friendly with sidewalks and a bike/walk trail that takes you on a quiet stroll past orchards & farms.