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.
includes most materials
Days: 6 x Thursday eve
Time: 6.30 – 9pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6
June 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18
Essential items to bring
- Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
- Plastic erasor
- Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
- Drawing paper
- Daler Rowney: A2 size
Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
- Winsor + Newton: A2 size
Medium Surface cartridge pad
Optional items to bring
Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
Wear old clothes or bring an apron
Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course
6 x Thursday eve
6.30 – 9pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, adults
Min 6 – Max 10
Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.
Diaries from all previous courses
What can I expect
6 weekly evening classes to help you learn about the Art Elements. Each class is based around exercises and art projects to help you extend your skills and understanding about how to improve your use of the art elements in your own art.
Each session has been carefully planned to take you step by step towards building your knowledge and skills in the use of all the Art Elements enabling you to continue improving and progressing on your own.
Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
Personal artistic development
This course has a strong focus in showing you how the Art Elements impact the style of pictures you want to make. Your new knowledge will become a key ingredient to encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
There are additional projects designed as extra learning opportunities to help you to further improve your drawing and painting.
There will be plenty of opportunities to receive lots of positive feedback, share ideas and learn from each other in a supportive group environment.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Line | Project brief
A drawing project exploring the expressive qualities of line.
Colour | Project brief
A painting project exploring the expressive qualities of colour.
Tone + Form | Project brief
A drawing project exploring the expressive qualities of tone + form.
Shape + Pattern | Project brief
A drawing project exploring why shape and pattern are important when planning compositions.
Texture | Project brief
A drawing project exploring the surface textures of objects.
Composition | Project brief
A drawing project exploring the best ways of to arrange all the Art Elements within a picture to create a strong composition.