The Art Elements
The Art Elements: Line, Colour, Tone + Form, Texture, Shape and Pattern are the Art Elements we use all the time in drawing and painting. Learning how they affect your picture-making and how to manipulate them is the first step to improving as an artist.
Each of the 6 classes explores one of the Art Elements, opening the door to some of the essential things you need to know about using the Art Elements effectively.
Your learning on this course will help you improve your drawing and painting no matter your style of work.
“From week one I knew this was going to be good, and that first class was almost worth the fee alone. I think this course was an incredible experience and I know I’ve learnt a lot over the six weeks – you’ve outdone yourself Brian.”
“At first daunting, because I haven’t ‘learnt’ to draw, but Brian puts you ease. And in fact everyone was so supportive in the group that you don’t mind not being good. You can be yourself.”
“I have learnt a lot about line, style, tonal value and composition. I will approach future work with a lot more thought now.”
6.30 – 9pm
Includes most materials
ADULT, Teaching Level 1
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Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11
Each evening class begins with teaching and a demonstration with lots of artists examples to help you fully understand the Art Element we are learning about. The class will involve practical exercises followed by work on the creative project, to further learn about the Art Elements.
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Drawing in class is based around a variety of still-life arrangements, working on abstract images based on reference material, or your imagination. All projects are designed to inspire you and support my teaching.
We will cover the following Art Elements:
Line | getting to grips with how to use line, increase the variety of line you use, and develop your sensitivity towards this most elusive of the art elements.
Tone + Form | this is what makes your art pack a punch. Get is wrong and your art looks flat and boring. Learn how tone works within colour and monochrome art work. It’s about using Tone and Form to create the illusion of space and convincingly solid 3D objects on paper.
Colour | people react to colour first, so getting it right is vital. Increase your knowledge of how colour effects what you are creating. Develop a confident attitude to using colour.
Texture | gives your drawings and paintings a tactile quality which always makes people enjoy your art work more. Texture can be real or visual and be used to describe object surfaces and space. Learning how to use texture in your images to create contrast is vital in creating strong engaging works of art.
Shape + Pattern | it holds drawings together, creates structure and simplifies complex objects. Shape has many uses and functions. Learn how to understand shape in all its various forms to enable you to create strongly composed images.
Composition | the eye is predominantly attracted to shape, tone and pattern. Using it effectively when structuring a drawing or painting is crucial, but can be tricky to get right. This session explores the underlying structures found in paintings.
What can I expect
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.
Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.
Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.
Choose this course if you want to learn about the fundamental building blocks of art making and really understand what it takes to make stunning pictures.
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“The lessons are fun, quite easy to follow. I’ve learnt about composition, lines, tone, form, textures, colours and how they relate to one and other, I was a complete beginner so absolutely everything I have learnt will be useful in the future.”
Choosing the right course
Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus.
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability.
There is no specific starting point.