learn to paint

How to Define Painting Styles?

July 17, 2014

Painting Style is what you make it! Every artist‘s goal should be to understand different painting styles… This might better suggest the desired outcome of the learning process. As we experiment and explore, learning as we go, we find that some paintings appeal to us more than others. When this happens, we are actually honing […]

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A Personal Journey with Painting Patterns

March 5, 2014

Painting Patterns have helped countless beginning artists find their way. The artist’s personal journey can be daunting to navigate, especially for the student artist…There are choices to make, paths to travel and much to choose from. Just think about your own journey and the selection of painting media, styles and painting methods? For some this can make the learning […]

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Bridging the Gap with facebook and Twitter – Online Teaching

November 12, 2013

How do we bridge the gap on the facebook? Who ARE we…who ARE you? How do we connect and on what levels? In today’s cyber world of online business and online teaching…being real and developing trust through simple sound bite connections on the internet and through digital communications makes it even harder and more important than ever […]

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How to Learn Painting via Written Instructions

August 9, 2013

Don’t snub your nose at reproducing someone’s design in an effort to learn painting. Whether you wish to become a fine artist or decorative artist you can learn painting from the work of other more experienced artists. You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn when painting from this type of exercise. Ways to […]

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Texture In Art

January 7, 2013

When we think of creating our own work of art there are so many things to consider: the support or surface, subject matter, background, light source, center of interest, and so forth. We know what makes up a good overall design: color management, value, and intensity control, creating a good focal point, line of design, […]

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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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Painting Leaves – What To Look For

November 24, 2012

When Painting Leaves what do artists look for? Leaves are the accessories of the flowers and fruit that we artists love to paint. They usually play a supporting role with in any floral composition and provide us with opportunities to repeat and carry color for harmony and contrast. In any painting they frame the flowers or […]

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Learn To Paint – Painting with a Buddy is Double the Fun!

October 31, 2012

Learn to paint with good friends! Many of us are solitary souls…we enjoy our own company. Having quiet time alone has become a cherished luxury we look forward to. Modern times and hectic family schedules can make us long for a little solitude. With that said, when it comes to painting, don’t you find painting […]

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