The Art of Teaching Art

The art of teaching art
What Makes a Strong Teacher? We’ve all had teachers in our lives that are memorable. Unfortunately, we remember some of them as poor teachers. For some, we only remember a little and maybe have forgotten their names or any of the details of the class they taught. But for a few teachers, we remember them in detail and what we’ve learned in their class has stuck with us for many years. In some cases, the direction of our lives has been changed forever because of the influence of these special Read more [...]

The Multiple Rights of Art

The Multiple Rights of Art
We've all been taught throughout our lives there is one right answer to problems. There is the "correct" answer and then an infinite number of incorrect answers. In math, "2 + 2" will always equal "4". All other answers are wrong. There is a solution - one solution - and everything else is wrong. For the most part, we continue to train our students to think this way. We train them to respond with the correct answer - in the classroom and on the test. We tell them that there's one Read more [...]

Art Not Improving? These May Be The Reasons Why

Art not improving
No matter your current skill level, we all want to improve as artists. Some of us are more interested in improving our drawing skills while some of us are more interested in developing our painting skills. We may have a specific medium that we'd like to master or a style that we'd like to develop. Or perhaps, we want to improve upon our artistic voice. It can be frustrating when we want to see improvement, but it just doesn't seem to happen. We look at our drawings and paintings and don't Read more [...]

The New Blue – YInMn – A Brilliant Primary is Born

The New Blue - YInMn
Have you got the blues? You know - Cobalt, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Phthalo... YInMin - what? That's right - YInMin. It's a new blue, well at least a new pigment. And before you get all excited and run out to the art store to buy a tube, you should know that it's not commercially available yet as a paint. But it will be. And it should be available very soon. You may be thinking, a new primary color? Yep, that's right! A new primary is on the horizon and for artists, it could mean a new world Read more [...]

Pastel Portrait Speed Painting

In this recorded Live Lesson series, we create a portrait of a young girl with pastels and pastel pencils. The video above is a time lapse of the entire lesson series. The complete recorded lesson series (5 hours) is available to members here. (Each week a new Live Lesson is broadcast to members, recorded, and archived for replay.) Ensuring Accuracy in a Portrait Drawing When drawing a portrait, accuracy is of upmost importance. The facial features must be positioned in the correct locations Read more [...]

Charcoal Landscape Live Lesson Excerpts

Charcoal Landscape Drawing - Excerpts
In this recorded Live Lesson series, we explore drawing a landscape with charcoal. The scene is quite wooded which results in some nice contrast between the light and dark areas. The video above is not the complete lesson series, but instead features excerpts. The complete recorded lesson series (3 hours) is available to members here. Materials Used in This Lesson Charcoal is applied in various forms in this drawing. Vine charcoal is used for the preliminary marks and blended into the surface Read more [...]

Digital Painting with Procreate

Digital Painting with Procreate
In the summer of 2016, I was invited along with several other artists out to Adobe in San Fransisco to do several days of live streaming with Adobe's mobile apps for drawing and painting. It was really my first experience drawing on the iPad Pro using these apps and it was an eye-opening experience for me. (I had used a program called "Brushes" years ago, but it was wasn't near as powerful as these apps.) Related: My Experience with Adobe's Sketch App I've had my iPad Pro and Apple pencil Read more [...]

Landscape Drawing with Colored Pencils – Excerpts

Landscape Drawing with Polychromos Colored pencils
In this recorded Live Lesson series, we take a look at drawing a fairly simple landscape with oil-based Polychromos colored pencils by Faber-Castell. The drawing is developed on 100% cotton Stonehenge paper. The video above features excerpts taken from this Live Lesson series. The recorded lesson series (5 hours) is available to members here. Materials Used in This Lesson Oil-based pencils are used in this lesson. While similar results can be achieved with wax-based colored pencils, application Read more [...]