How do you choose what to paint or draw when there are so many choices in front of you? Whether your subject is a landscape, still life, or portrait, arranging your composition can be challenging when your options feel limitless. A viewfinder can help you select your best option. A viewfinder is a simple tool you can make yourself with strips of cardboard or popsicle … [Read more...]
An Abstract “Musical Composition”!
Abstract art is a great way to teach composition and the Elements of Art... without the intimidation that can occur when striving for realism. Take some musical symbols and create a random layout... and have fun with it!! Materials:12x18 black construction paperOil pastels (we used the Pentel 16 color set)Directions:1. Sketch your design using a white oil pastel. Include at … [Read more...]
Foreground, Middle Ground, Background
"The Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Pierre-Auguste RenoirCan you identify the foreground, middle ground and background in this painting?Here's an Art concept that applies to many 2D projects from still lifes to landscapes. You can teach and/or review it no matter what medium you're working in. This is the spatial concept of foreground, middle ground and background.The … [Read more...]