~ One of our Art School community members shared their work and asked some questions about process and abstraction! ~ Here I shared some responsive questions that can help when you're in process of creating something with a specific idea or concept that you would still like to maintain a level of abstraction and loose-ness with in mark-making! ~ Also shared about January creativity vibes in this short lil live studio sesh!
In this LIVE Studio Sesh we discussed: ~ Photo transfer methods ~ Alternative mixed-media process ideas ~ End of year & beginning of year creative process
In this LIVE Studio Sesh we discussed: ~ The energy spend of different parts of the visual art making process ~ Discerning which parts of the process you enjoy & have meaning to your over all visual art concept ~ Determining which parts of the creative & visual arts process you'd like to employ support, outsource, or pre-made solutions ( for example: we don't HAVE to make our own paint from scratch! )
In this LIVE studio sesh I shared: ~ How to study other artists and learn from their process and mark making ~ How to evaluate your own process + understand it more deeply ~ How to dive more deeply into your unique authenticity as an artist
In this LIVE studio session we discussed: ~ Working on un-stretched canvas & untaped paper ~ Considerations for creating our art that lead to framing or shipping considerations ~ Transferring images onto paper & canvas from alternative resources (use the pouncing transfer technique from Module 4 Technique Project #8 "Abstract Portrait Painting" Steps 3-5) ~ Drawing in perspective & practicing relative measuring to draw from life (practice Module 7 Technique Project #13 "Drawing Ellipses in Perspective" + Module 8 Technique Project #15 "Drawing in Perspective Part II"
In this LIVE studio sesh we talked about: ~ Getting back into our studio practice after a break ~ Creating opening & closing rituals in the studio ~ Writing notes that help us plug back into our art making ~ What projects are easy re-entry points after time away from art making
In this session, we: ~ Reviewed Module 4 Art Talk #4 Critique Doesn't Have to Be Critical ~ Two art schoolers shared recent artwork and we went through an active critic process answering the 4 main questions of critic as outlined in Art Talk #4 Thank you to the Art Schoolers who shared!
In this live studio sesh we talked about: ~ Value: ways of exploring value across mediums and techniques! ~ Art Technique Lesson #6 Chiaroscuro and how to set yourself up for success ~ and Art Talk #10: The Subtle Nature of Color and Line (what's a high key vs. low key painting when it comes to value?)
In this LIVE Studio sesh we talked about experiencing fresh inspiration through seasonal change!
~ What colors, shapes, images are inspiring you this season?
~ We talked more about the art school lesson Critique Doesn't Have to be Critical and how to find that line in looking at our artwork, talking about it, and using that dialogue to help us make more art.
Art School Tip: Regularly review the Elements + Principles of Design lessons in Modules 1+2 and see how you're experiencing and developing your own sense of design in your visual arts process!
Windsor + Newton Newsletter: A great resource for those who want to be exposed to more contemporary painters and painting techniques!
Lots on design in this one! And knowing how to embrace + accept your unique process, rhythm, and cadence as a maker moving in your unique aesthetic process.
In this one we talked about infusing our love of place & memory into our artwork!
How to use our visual arts process to create work that feels authentic to us as artists and our own experiences of place or home.
In this studio session we talked about: ~ working our process to find resolve in our artwork ~ the elements of design that "feel right" to us as individual artists ~ challenges of different types of media, like watercolor & watercolor paper ~ how to keep moving when a project maybe is taking longer to resolve than expected
In this live studio session we jumped into projects + materials that are ideal for traveling and making art!
It's different for each artist and also the trip you're on, so we talked about how to build a travel art kit that's right for you!
In this live studio session we discussed:
~ Current trends in social media & AI and how those affect us as creatives in our day to day (connection and also sometimes pressure to produce a certain amount) ~ How to take a technique we learn in class or from another artist and walk through the stages of integrating that technique into our own process :: studying technique -> play -> experiment -> integrate!
In this live sesh we discussed more deeply how to work with watercolors.
~ translucency and building up of layers ~ testing your watercolors in the same way of practicing acrylic paint mixing by using a swatch chart ~ allowing the paper and the watercolor to dry ~ the relationship from the drawing process to the watercolor painting process (journeying from line to shape)
In this live sesh, we talked about re-entering our visual art practice after stepping away for travel or busy times in our lives. Here are 3-4 ideas that come straight from the Art School lessons: ~ 1 min blind contour drawing or 30-second gesture drawing ~ Paint a small grid or color swatch of your watercolors in your visual journal ~ move around some pieces of a deconstructed black square to play with your design aesthetic ( you don't have to glue them down!) ~ look at art using the Critique doesn't have to be Critical framework!
And, the 3 things I tell every art student to study:
In this LIVE Studio Sesh from September '22 we talked about: ~ Different types of layering in art making ~ How layering has meaning and intention for the artist and what the artist is communicating. ~ Flow + process and how to make showing up to your art practice a place you want to be!
In this LIVE Studio Sesh from August '22, we discussed:
~ The contextual nature of colors ~ Mixing different types of art materials ~ Layering with color in different forms of paint
In this LIVE studio sesh from July '22 we talked a LOT about PROCESS! We referenced many lessons as well! ~ Re-defining Shapes while drawing as paint. A good lesson to reference is the Wayne Thiebaud lesson of Painting is a Piece of Cake ~ Design questions: Deconstruction of a Black Square ~ Color Play: Re-visit color mixing from the beginning and start to play with layers and combinations of different colors next to each other, reference your design challenges - so more sketchbook play!!!
Put colors together that you "think" won't work Just to see what happens!
In this LIVE Studio Sesh from June, 2022 we talked about: ~ Combining different styles of drawing ~ Painting Fine Lines ( I did a lil demo! It's all about shapes and edges and how you get the effect of fine lines in painting!) ~ and the Messy Middle of art-making!
We worked through combining techniques to create designs + compositions for some of the projects in Module 12!
Art Talk #3 The Effects of Light
Technique Project # 6 The Effects of Light in Drawing from Life aka The Egg Project
Challenge of using Thumbnails to work out what types of compositions don't work for what you're trying to create!
How to use brush strokes to show shape + form
and much more! This one was good ya'll, enjoy!
We synthesized multiple lessons within the SYWYWTAS Course to talk about process and variations as you approach your own work. Lessons we referenced were:
Chiaroscuro self portrait
Portrait with an object
Elements of Design
Drawing in Perspective
What's great is all the ingredients are there for you to practice...
Map your composition out in thumbnails before you begin your larger work!
Practice drawing in both pencil and paint!
Give yourself reference points - am I referencing something outside of my painting or within my painting?
This one is chock full of some juicy art process talk!
Here we talked about connecting throughout the lessons to develop our skills and deepen our understanding of design so we can create our own symphony of visual art!
Here we talked about design and process and how to connect to those through the lessons and repeating them as you grow in your art practice!
In this live studio sesh (where I was snowed in at home!), we talked about the importance of the design challenges for not only getting us moving in our creative process but truly putting together the pieces necessary to create art!
In this LIVE Studio Session, we talked about the Tribute to an Artist You Admire project from Module 11 Lesson #22 and all the mixed media options you can choose to go with it! When you intimately understand your materials, you can choose to use them however you like - even non-traditional ways of using them!
In this LIVE Sesh we talked about: ~ Relative / sight measurement techniques ~ How to choose your way through a project by deciding what you want to be curious about and using the previous lessons to come up with solutions! ~ Playing with what you want to make and asking, "I wonder what would happen if..."
We talked about : ~ the cake painting project and use of light source ~ collage and mixed media art making ~ cross contour line drawing ~ and...of course... the creative process!!!
In this LIVE Sesh, we talked about adapting the different lessons to make them our own. How do we translate the concepts of value, color, shape, form into our very own artistic expression? You can always use the lessons as a jumping off point for exploration, even if you do not feel like you want to do them exactly as they are laid out! You can watch the videos and then explore different ways of mark making and thinking through the elements and principles of design! Diversity makes art beautiful!
Today I did a lil demo to explore an idea inspired by another artist!
We talked about: ~ the graphite portrait project ~ the collage into a painting project, ~ the path to finding your own unique creative voice within the projects and how they are laid out to help you do so!
In this session, we talked about creative ways to build and maintain continuity in your practice. ~How to work with layering in paint. ~Some intro to using glazes with acrylics. ~How to get more defined lines in your acrylic paints.
We recapped some of the lessons and talked about integrating them into our own practice of art making. Chiarascuro, Three-Brush Blending Technique, Abstract Self-Portrait, How to massage these ideas and develop our own work, The Elements and Principles of Design are some other good lessons to go back to again and again!
In this one we talked about being a visual Designer in all media, setting yourself up for drawing in perspective success, layering media, and how to store paper!
In this LIVE Session we talked about: Why make art?, blending techniques in wet & dry, layering in paint, different adhesive techniques for different paper types, getting into the zone with pencil drawing, elements & principles of design, the importance of art in our own lives, the role of art culturally in our society WOW! A lot of great discussions! Oh, yes, and also a bit of yarn talk with knitting and crochet! Oh, and talking about the properties of color and paint!
In this LIVE Session we talked about practicing the different techniques in SYWYWTAS and combining them to create your own projects!
In this LIVE Studio Session, we talked about translating the concept of chiaroscuro through different media, layering watercolors, and line work within paintings.
Today we talked about nuance in paint, integrating different types of drawing and painting into one piece, and how to keep going with your art when life gets busy.
Today we talked about getting to the details of a painting by starting with how to structure it. We talked about blocking in shapes, handling the properties of paint, and allowing our drawing process to evolve before we begin our painting.
In this LIVE Studio Session I clearly struggled with running away from the sunlight through the windows! We talked about: Best use of Rubber Cement adhesive for the Design Challenges that involve collage, How to get in position for drawing on a larger scale with more fluidity, Painting tiny areas with thin layers, The difference in drawing vs sketching approach, SO much goodness on this one! Please enjoy the recording and send in your questions! Also, we talked about how I am not a scary art teacher : ) Happy Art Making, Court
In this LIVE Session from September 19th, 2020 I answered some questions about using these projects to develop skills that help you along in your process to create what you want and laid out an example from my own creative life of what that looked like. I also shared more of what the opportunities of learning from the graphite drawing projects are really about, asking ourselves, "What am I really seeing?" and "What is the true value (lightness or darkness) that I am observing?"
Saturday, August 29th from 12-1pm We spoke about the three brush blending technique, paint brushes, doing the projects more than once to deepen in our practice, and moving through the resistance of getting started.
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