elements of art

Seven Tips for How to Paint Landscapes

March 5, 2014

How to paint landscapes takes time and study How to paint landscapes takes practice and time. Time to understand some specific guidelines about the subject. When I first began painting landscapes I tried to capture every little detail I saw.  I tried to paint the leaves on the trees, and every twig and branch I could see. I ended up […]

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Paintings of Landscape – Design Tips Using Line

April 22, 2013

Successful Paintings Of Landscape  Depend on the Use of Line  ‘Line’ is an Element of Design that helps the artist move the viewer’s eye around the painting. Successful Paintings Of Landscape  Depend on the Use of Line, but how does this artistic concept specifically apply when painting a landscape? The design concept of ‘line’ can be used […]

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Perspective In Art

January 2, 2013

  What is Perspective? Perspective is one of the most important concepts in art. It is by implementing the laws of perspective that we are able to create convincing three dimensional images to create the illusion of reality. The concept of perspective was first introduced in the 1400’s by the Italian artist and architect Filippo Brunelleschi. This […]

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Principals Of Movement In Art

January 1, 2013

Movement in art is a concept in art related to design. Here is a free version of the elements of art class we offer in the AAO store. Photo by landscape photographer: Eric Leslie.   What Is Movement In Art? Artists will rely on many tools to establish the story as well as the ‘flow’ of […]

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Harmony In Art

December 31, 2012

How often do you find yourself saying, “I wish I knew how to advance my artistic knowledge?” Here is the internet’s most expertly crafted explanation of harmony in art. What Is Harmony In Art? Cezanne stated, “When paintings are done right, harmony appears by itself. The more numerous and varied they are, the more the effect is obtained and agreeable to the […]

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Focal Area – Use It to Enhance Movement

November 24, 2012

Creating Movement, starting with the Focal Area – Design Concept Not all art forms rely on creating a ‘stand alone’ focal area. In the Russian Zhostovo style of decorative painting, successful designs use the focal area to create movement and flow. This Zhostovo artist draws the viewers eye from one area to another through the use of color, value and line. Sometimes artists […]

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Focal Area:Raindrops On Roses!

November 24, 2012

What details can we add to help us create the best ‘focal Area’ in a floral composition? As we learn how to paint flowers we also learn more about making them stand out in dramatic floral paintings, we also learn that water drops or dew drops can add sparkle and interest like none other! These little […]

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Focal Area: Composition: Painting Flowers

November 24, 2012

Creating the Focal Area in a Flower Painting There are many things to think about when painting flowers in a composition. One of the decisions we need to make is how will be portray the flowers we have chosen and what ways can we add interest to the ‘Focal Area’ to make it stand out from the rest of the […]

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Focal Area or Center of Interest in a Painting: Composition

November 24, 2012

What is this focal area all about? When it comes to composition in art, there is no difference between a Focal Point and a Focal Area, or the ‘Center of Interest’. This pretty much refers to the same place in a composition. It is not mandatory in order to have a successful painting however most artists will […]

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Got Rhythm in Art?

October 20, 2011

 When Billy Ray Cyrus launched Achy Breaky Heart we couldn’t resist the urge to sing along and dance to this catchy tune! Fingers were snapping, and hands were clapping to the rhythm and beat! It sure was energizing to listen to wasn’t it? Catchy music has a beat and a tempo…musical notes are arranged to […]

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