Fine Arts Studio
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. *