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Value Art Lesson: Using White on White

Simplifying doesn’t mean it’s easy. For example, a great way to test your knowledge and understanding of the element of art VALUE is to do one of two things (or both!). Option One: Set up a still life of entirely white objects with a white background. Draw or paint...

How to use measuring in your art

I talk about measuring in art, especially when it comes to learning how to draw people accurately, but really, if you want to learn how to draw anything you want, measuring is a tool you should use all the time. I often have students bristle at this word “measuring.”...

Using Contour Drawings to Create Unique Art

When you think of drawing, do you think of outlining?  Deborah shared she had never really thought about drawing except as the act of outlining. It got me thinking: How many people reflect on the internalized and unspoken definitions they have of art, and in this...

Accuracy in Abstract Art

What does accuracy mean for work that is decidedly NOT realistic? That’s the big question I try to answer in our short video today. We talk about: Drawing as a means to plan, How some artists never use a pencil on their paintings but do this instead and How avoiding...