Learn to Draw

learn to drawThis is an advanced drawing, painting and art theory course that is free for anyone who is interested in learning how to improve their drawing and painting. You will be introduced to complex ideas like color perspective (the way colors change at a distance) and different techniques from batik or oil paints, stencils to graphite pencils. If you want to kick your drawing and painting skills up a notch, the lessons here will help.

You will also be introduced to some advanced painting techniques that can make a real difference in how your finished works come out. My favorite parts, though, are the blending of different mediums for unusual effects. Either way, there's a lot to learn here. It might be best to stick with a page a day so you can really settle in with the new skills you'll be learning - and hopefully mastering.

Some art theory for an introduction
Line Drawings Versus Paintings
A history of pictures
Painting techniques through early history
Claude Monet and the impressionists
Use of patterns
Sketching as a technique
Composition and its tricks and boundaries
Drawing: In the beginning was the line
line abstractions
Drawing a perfectly straight line
Creating textures with lines


PERSPECTIVE
Creating illusions with perspective
Advanced perspective
Shadow perspective
Areas, Surfaces and Planes
Textures
Silhouette
Shapes and space relations
Composition and Perspective Together
Movement


MATERIALS
Drawing Materials
Prehistoric Drawing Materials
GraphitePigments and Inks
Brushes
Pens and nibs
Drawing technique
Drawing position
Chinese method for holding a brush
Drawing hand positions
Charcoal and pen hand positions
Filling in spaces
Using tone
Colored paper
Reverse techniques
Enlarging and reducing images
Form


DRAWING ANIMALS
Drawing animals - anatomy
Movement in animals
How animals move continued
How to draw birds
How to draw birds continued
How to draw plants
How to draw trees
How to draw trees continued
How to draw flowers
Drawing architecture
Drawing architecture continued
Landscape drawing
Taking in a landscape
Drawing still lifes
Caricatures


Lettering
lettering continued
Abstract Art
Abstract art as emotion made visible
Abstractions of shapes and colors
Trying to understand abstract art


The Drawing
Studies versus sketches
The castle study continued
Castle study continued


SGRAFFITO
Sgraffito
Sgraffito and plaster
Sgraffito and color
Sgraffito and textureSgraffito process


MOSAICS
Mosaics
Mosaic techniques
Mosaic techniques continued
Positioning the tesserae


OTHER MEDIUMS
Batik
Batik dyes
Batik designs
Applying batik wax
Printing
Linoleum cuts
Etching
Copper engraving
Printing techniques concluded


ALL ABOUT PAINTING
History of the technique of painting
Color and painting
Color mixing
Warm and cold colors
Color as substance
Colors, pigments and glazes
pigments colors
specific pigments
Yellows
Reds
Greens
Orange, Violet and Brown
Black and white
Painting Grounds
How Paper is Made
Mounting Paper and Painting on Wood
Painting on Canvas, Linen and Other Cloths
How to Stretch Canvas
Priming a Canvas
Using Binders in Paints
Mixing Pigments and Binders
Tragacanth and Albumen
Casein, resin and mastic
Damar, turpentine and wax
Linseed oil
Lime and waterglass
The technique of painting
Watercolor painting
Managing brushes and paper while painting
Watercolor technique continued


OIL PAINTING
Oil painting
Beginning an Oil painting
Oil painting techniques
Glue color painting
Glue color painting continued
Ways to use glue paint
Painting in tempura
Painting fat on lean
Mixed techniques
Subject matter for mixed technique
Pastels
Pastel paper
Finishing pastelsFresco
Steps of creating a fresco
Color perspective
Light, Color and Distance
Color Composition
Surrounding Color
Color composition techniques








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