Each of the 6 sessions explores one of the Art Elements, opening the door to some of the essential knowledge students need to know about using the Art Elements effectively. Learning on this course can be applied to all styles of work from realism to abstract and is relevant to all subjects from landscape, portraits, still life and more.
All images are students work completed on the course
Students will understand line more deeply, increase the variety of line they use, and develop their sensitivity towards this most elusive of the art elements.
Tone + Form
This is what makes drawings and paintings pack a punch. Get is wrong and art looks flat and boring. Learn how tone works within colour and monochrome artwork and discover how using Tone and Form correctly will create the illusion of space and convincingly solid 3D objects.
People react to colour first, so getting it right is vital. Students will increase their knowledge of how colour effects what they are creating to develop a confident attitude to using colour.
Texture adds a tactile quality to drawings and paintings which makes people engage in art more easily. Students will learn the importance of rendering visual texture to develop contrast between objects and space.
Shape + Pattern
Shape + Pattern holds drawings together, creates structure and simplifies complex objects. Shape has many uses and functions. Students will learn to understand shape in all its forms to enable them to create strong compositions.
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.
By the end of the course…
Students will go home with added creative confidence having learned about the fundamental building blocks of art making knowing what they need to start doing to improve their art.
“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.” Katie D
“I have learnt a lot about line, style, tonal value and composition. I will approach future work with a lot more thought now.” Laura S