The Artist's Toolbox part 1: the Elements of Art

After you have designed the composition, everything else you do is merely execution - not that execution is by any means trivial, but virtuosity of execution is for naught if the composition is wanting. -John Gargano

The Elements of Art are the building blocks for every piece you create. It doesn't matter if you consciously think about each the elements as you create or if you design intuitively from start to finish. Every single work of art you see and create is made of various combinations of texture, shape, line, color, and value. They are the basic five-letter alphabet of the visual language.

The Elements of Art is one of my favorite classes to teach. It's fun like kindergarten playtime, but also a SERIOUSLY INFORMATIVE, IN DEPTH and INTENSE study of composition. Gaining an understanding of how the basic elements of texture, shape, line, color, and value function in a composition, can be life changing for an artist, especially if you are not formally trained. If you have been to art school, this refresher is presented in such a clear and easily understandable way that you will feel you are learning it for the first time.

Being able to articulate and understand what you already intrinsicly know can help you to see your work, and the world, with new eyes. It can help you move your unique vision from your mind out into the world where you can share it.

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

Whether you have a formal background in art or are completely self taught, this course is something you can truly benefit from. Register now as enrollment is limited.

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Table of Contents

The tools I hope to give you and my teaching philosophy
The best way to do this class
How This Online Classroom Works
Mental Preparation
Learning to Read
Silencing the Inner Critic
Gathering your Supplies
Making Time
Review of the Elements
What are the ELEMENTS of Art
Introductory Critique and Analysis Session
The Element of TEXTURE
Defining Actual Texture
Defining Visual Texture
Exercise: Seeing Texture
Exercise: Creating Actual Texture
Exercise: Visual Texture Collage

How this course works

This course includes space for you to share your pictures and get feedback from your classmates. The more you contribute, the livelier class will be. Lyric will pop in to give feedback on each picture posted. This platform provides a safe space for a lively and sharing creative community to explore without judgement and competition.

Just like in a live classroom, you'll be able to see your fellow students work and discuss how things are going. You'll get encouragement and instruction from Lyric on all the work you post.

Supplies consist of things you already have at hand so you won't be time or money shopping for things you might not use again. The most important supply is an adventurous willingness to explore, grow, and play as you learn to see and create within the framework of abstract design. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, and fun will be had. Won't you join us?

Frequently Asked Questions

Let me help you open your Artist's Eyes!

How much interaction is there from the teacher?

Lyric will comment on each posted assignment and there can be a lot of extensive back and forth in this course. Thus the cost. The more you post, the more you get out of the class. Make sure to read comments on other students work as well. There is as much to learn from each other as from the course work.

How much time will the class take?

You can spend as much or as little time as you wish in this course but as with everything worth doing, you will get much or out of it if you put more into it.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for one year. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

Do I need to know how to draw?

NO! We will be using pen and paper to begin most of the exercises but Lyric will show you exactly what to do. It's easy. Promise! You can use any media you want for this course.

Does this course require special supplies?

If you own a sketchbook, use it. If not, plain paper is great! Us whatever your favorite medium is to create your studies. Acrylic on board? Great! Cloth and thread? Wonderful! Collage paper and glue? Fabulous!

What do I need to know about using a computer?

You'll need to photograph or scan your assignments and save them as a jpeg. You can upload your pictures from your computer or devise to the online lesson.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Because all of the content is immediately available to you, I do not offer refunds. I do want you to be happy though, so email me and we can talk.