Painting is the perfect combination of science and art. Like science you learn through observation and experimentation. It is the same with art. Artist experiment with color in order to create an image. Students lament failures, but an artist knows that visual experimentation is the means to create something great. In other words practice makes perfect.
One of the best ways to do this is to make painting studies under different lighting conditions. You must discard preconceived concepts of the “color of things”. Break down subjects into component hues and experiment with color and combinations to achieve a paint facsimile.
As an art, painting requires constant practice in order to master the form. Studies also play a part here. The more you paint, the better your paintings will be, the easier the studies will be, the better quality of observations you will make. One builds upon the other and back to the beginning again.
The pen is mightier than the sword, but the pencil is more versatile.
Besides being one of the most basic of artistic tools, the pencils is also one of the most versatile. Pencils come in several different types including; Graphite, Colored Graphite, Colored Pencil, Watercolor Pencil, & Ink Pencil. Graphite is the oldest and what most people think of when you say pencil.
The graphite (lead) in art pencils is made from a clay / graphite mix. Manufactures alter the amount of one to the other to vary the “hardness” of the lead. Pencils vary in hardness from 6H (the hardest) to 6B (the softest). Most people use the HB which is right in the middle and most know it as the #2 pencil from school. A 6H pencil will give you a very light line that is easy to erase and is good for doing preliminary sketches. A 6B leaves a very dark line that is easy to blend and is good for dark outlines and shading. Colored Graphic Pencils are also made from a clay / graphite mix but has colored pigments added. They are water soluble and can be manipulated and erased much like ordinary graphite pencils.
Colored Pencils contain no graphite, are not water soluble, and are difficult to erase. Their (lead) is made from a combination of pigments, wax, and other components that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. This variation gives each manufacturer’s product a distinctive feel and look. Faber-Castell adds vegetable oil to it’s pencil to give a smooth “buttery” feel. On the other end of the spectrum, Derwent Studio Pencils has a harder lead. This lends themselves to more detailed techniques. They all come in student and professional grade. The professional grade has a higher density of pigment. Generally speaking it is better to start with a small professional kit and add on slowly as you become more proficient with the medium.
Water Color Pencils
Water Color Pencils use a water soluble binder instead of wax. This allows them to be manipulated with water, brushes, and other tools much like traditional water color paint.
Ink Pencils are similar to water color pencils but use ink based pigments that tend to make their colors a bit more vibrant. They can be used and manipulated much like water color pencils; however, once dry the colors are fixed and you can work over them without fear of washing out under layers.
College for Kids Paint Like Masters class for 2017
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when it comes to painting, it is also one of the best ways to learn. For centuries aspiring artists have studied under great masters, copying and building on their techniques. Under the direction of professional artist, Jackie Tice, you will learn about different paint handling techniques and the impact of color combinations while learning about the great masters of art.
Hurry to sign up for Pocket Sketch class. Only 5 seats left and registration closes June 5th.
Explore and record the world around you with the technique known as Pocket Sketching. This quick draw method is a visual arts journal for the artist. Grab your art pad, pens and pencils, along with a portable supply kit as professional artist, Jackie Tice, will help you capture mood and character in the world around you.
The secret to watercolors is 50/50. You only have 50% control over what the outcome is. The other 50% is the medium. If you are not the kind of artist that can give up 50% of how the image will look than watercolor is not for you. However; watercolor pencil gives you more control then straight watercolor.
Watercolor Pencil Class at Parkland College
Learn to shade and color with watercolor pencils and create beautiful works of art! Under the direction of professional artist Jackie Tice, you will explore color theory as well as techniques specific to the medium. This is a great class for students who love to draw and paint. As you learn, you will make some great works of art and develop your own artistic and visual style.
Miniature Fine Art Painting Class at Gaslight Art Colony
Just as painting large has its own set of difficulties painting miniature is just as challenging. In this class we will be painting miniature images. It is hard to define what is a miniature but we will be will be using a one sixth rule. What ever the original is it will be painted in one sixth scale. So bring your smallest brushes and your best magnifying glass. We will be utilizing different techniques and different materials to create unique small paintings.
Art in Miniature Class will be held on Saturday, November 14th, and 21st. To sign up for class stop by the Art Colony at 516 Archer Ave., Marshall, IL 62441. Stay tuned for the link to sign up for classes or for more information about this class please contact us at 217-293-1050 or email@example.com.
Painting on copper has a long history reaching all the way back to Renaissance Italy. Renaissance artist painted
miniatures on copper to give away to perspective clients to show of their abilities as a painter. Creating the very first business card.
Painting on copper has very unique properties. Leaving the copper to show in spaces lets light reflect of the copper and gives the painting a warm reflective glow.
In this class we will be cover how to prep the copper for painting, techniques for painting in miniature, and how to protect the image for longevity.
There will be two classes held on Monday, November 9th, and 16th. The sessions run from 1:00-4:00. To sign up for class stop by the Art Colony at 516 Archer Ave., Marshall, IL 62441. Stay tuned for the link to sign up for classes or for more information about this class please contact us at 217-293-1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.