The Artist's Toolbox Part 2: the Principles of Art

Why take this course?

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

You've studied the Elements of Art which are the basic letters of the visual alphabet, now it's time to put them together to create meaning in your compositions. Letters of the alphabet brought together in various combinations create words with meaning. When the elements of texture, shape, line, color, and value work together, they create compositions with Unity, Focal Point, Balance, and many other principles which will be studied in this course.

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

This is a continuation of the first Artist's Toolbox course, one of my favorite courses to teach. If you have not taken Part 1: The Elements of Art or the Elements of Art course live with Lyric, please do so first. As with that course, this will be an intensive workshop designed to open your Artist's Eyes a little wider and help you see and understand how composition works.

It's fun like kindergarten playtime, but also a seriously informative and IN DEPTH study of composition. Gaining an understanding of the elements and principles of art and design can be an exciting revelation for an artist. Being able to articulate and understand what you already 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 Principles of Art
My Teaching Philosophy
How This Online Classroom Works
The Best Way To Do This Class
Mental Preparation
Learning to Read
Silencing The Inner Critic
Gathering your Supplies
Making Time
What are the ELEMENTS of Art
The Element of TEXTURE
The Element of SHAPE
The Element of LINE
The Element of LINE
The Element of COLOR

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.

The lessons are available 24/7 and include downloadable step-by-step pdfs to work from. There are short videos to show how Lyric works each exercise and to explain the gist of things.

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?

I would love it if you spent one hour each week on the exercises. You can delve much more deeply and really get into them if you'd like, repeating and refining your skill and strengthening your eye as an artist.

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.