Arts

How to Improve Your Art Skills

Do you wish to one day become a great artist, and have people look at your artwork in amazement and wonder how you drew it? Or maybe you’re looking for a career in art and need to improve your skills. Whatever the case may be, here are some ideas to help you improve your art skills. One of the most ...

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Liquid Pencil and Graphite in Your Mixed Media Art

I have always been fascinated with writing tools– pens of all types, markers, and crayons– but pencils were never that exciting. Always the same shade of gray. Going to the office supply store for new writing implements was always my favourite part of back to school shopping because I could pick out new pens in exciting colours for note-taking. As ...

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How to Draw and Paint Faster

Are you struggling to get your Art projects done on time? Some students – even those who are dedicated and hard-working – find it challenging to work at the pace required in a Visual Art course. The skilful, perfectionist student usually falls into this category; those who produce meticulous, highly-detailed observational drawings or paintings. Parents and teachers can be unsure ...

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Finish Your First Perfect Painting

Contemporary paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects—especially when the imagery is abstract. (Think Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler.) Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring ...

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Reasons to Love Street Art

Street art is interesting, creative and unrestricted. It’s an incredibly diverse and varied art movement, one that is growing in popularity as work being exhibited in the streets continues to develop in terms of size, style, and sheer skill. Still, some people (normally Mr Average Joe) do not understand what street art is; their head fills with images of vandalised bus stops, tagged alleyways ...

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Key Factors for Painting Skies and Clouds

They are multifaceted and carry the hum of several colors. The sky is rarely blue–or rarely just blue (except for a few lucky places in the world!). As many of us transition to landscape painting during the summer season, we can sometimes make assumptions and take certain things for granted like the color of sky or clouds, perhaps because we may see our subjects ...

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Painting Principles Every Artist should Know

Yes, many great artists urge their peers to break the rules. And, yes, letting loose and being in the moment set a solid foundation for a successful painting session. So before you start breaking any rules, we are here to break down 10 key painting principles. Brought to you by accomplished oil painter, Gregg Kreutz, these pointers are geared to help you boost ...

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These Fanciful Microbes Need Your Colouring Skills

A vast microscopic world writhes around you. Now a colouring book lets you bring wee beasts and beauties to life. Jennifer Delaney isn’t a scientific illustrator by training. She’s a math teacher for Donegal Youthreach in Ireland, working with students who have dropped out of school. She never formally studied art, she’s never been interested in colouring, and her last science ...

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10 Sketching Tips for Beginners

The Beginner’s Guide to Sketching is a book that offers lots of inspiration and advice for anyone looking to take their first creative steps or wanting to add a new piece to their design portfolio. The comprehensive guide covers everything from choosing the right drawing tools to understanding shading and value, adding colour, and creating a finished scene. If you’re a complete novice, ...

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How to Introduce Arts and Crafts to Kids – Tips that Actually Work!

Kids are born curious and creative – two qualities that go wonderfully together! In such a scenario, it’s obvious that they’re naturally inclined towards arts and crafts, so half your work is done there! However, a little nudge and support in the right direction can be of great help and encouragement to kids, which is why we’re talking about how ...

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