Fine Arts Studio
The ability to represent the world through observation and drawing is still a valued asset in artists today. In this three-module Intensive program Fine Artist Studio, you'll learn how to draw and paint using critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition and capture the human figure with its many intricate variations.
The program consists of three courses: Drawing I, Figure Drawing, and Painting I. You'll build a foundation in traditional techniques for drawing and painting, getting detailed feedback on how to develop professional artist techniques.
Upon successful completion of the Fine Artist Studio program, you’ll know how to:
- Build a foundation in drawing skills by creating a wide range of still life drawings.
- Develop best practices for drawing by setting up lighting and choosing and handling materials appropriately.
- Identify and represent in drawing the basic elements of form (line, plane, mass) and the fundamental geometrical shapes of subjects.
- Use both gesture and contour drawings to capture the mass and structural lines in drawing subjects.
- Use measuring points and thumb measures to keep the different areas of a drawing in perspective.
- Identify the effects of lighting location, angle, and direction, in creating shadow and value contrast in drawing subjects.
- Separate a drawing into light and dark areas and represent the overall lighting using a cast shadow and shadow edge.
- Identify and represent in drawing six different levels of value: highlights, mid-tones, shadow edge, casting shadow, core shadow, and reflected light.
- Use charcoal, graphite, mixed materials, and ink wash to represent value in drawing.
- Identify and apply basic color interactions and mixing techniques for use in drawing.
- Identify and apply stylistic approaches to drawing including photo-realism, photomontage, and abstract expressionism.
- Build a foundation in life drawing skills by creating and submitting for feedback more than twenty figure drawings.
- See and apply in your drawing the standard measurements,shapes, and proportions of the human figure and skeleton.
- Develop a basic ability to capture posture and motion through gesture drawing.
- See and apply in your figure drawing the characteristic shapes and proportions of human anatomy and muscle mass.
- Develop a basic ability to capture the shape of human subjects through contour and blind contour drawing.
- See and apply in your figure drawing the characteristic shapes and proportions of the human face in frontal, profile, and three-quarter views.
- See and apply in your figure drawing the concepts of volume, perspective, and shading.
- See and apply in your figure drawing different approaches to composition, including texture, balance, rhythm, variety, unity, and emphasis.
- Learn a step by step method for oil or acrylic painting that will provide a foundation for all your future work.
- Create preparatory pencil sketches demonstrating perspective, shading, and contour.
- Select quality paints, brushes, and painting surfaces, and handle them safely.
- Load a palette, mix paint colors, and hold a brush effectively and prepare a canvas and create an underpainting as a painting guide.
- Identify value levels in a subject and accurately translate them on monochromatic and color paintings.
- Use light sources to create various effects and tones on a subject.
- Effectively brighten, darken, and adjust the saturation of a paint color.
- Use color wheel relationships to create intensity, warmth and coolness, push and pull, and other paint effects.
- Apply traditional painting techniques to create realistic and abstract effects.
- Drawing I
- How We See (Getting from Here to There)
- Depth and Perspective
- Concepts in Value
- More Concepts in Value
- Drawing with Color
- Drawing in Art
- Figure Drawing
- Measurements and Proportions
- The Human Skeleton
- Muscles and Anatomy
- The Portrait
- Volume, Perspective, and Shading
- Composition and Expression
- Painting I
- Preliminary Drawing
- Materials, Workspace, and Canvas
- Light and Value
- Combining Color in Paint
- Painting Techniques
- Making a Painting
This program can be taken on PC or Mac. A high-speed Internet connection is recommended. Students will need a basic familiarity with computers and must be comfortable navigating the internet. Here is a summary of requirements:
- Computer with Internet connection (56 Kbps modem or faster).
- Access to a digital camera or scanner.
- Pencils, charcoal, paper, oil or acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, and other art supplies are described in depth and available at a discount at the beginning of the class.
- Figure drawing subject(s) or yourself and a mirror.
* SOFTWARE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE PROGRAM. *