Pinkmeister's approach to art is to choose the easiest way to produce any effect                             Begin drawing lightly and freely                      Use the simplest tool or method for the effect you desire                      Unlock your creativity by allowing your ideas to be free of pre conceived limitations;            


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9 WEEK MINI COURSE
Learn Art Skills

Lesson 2
WORKING WITH LINES, LINE MOVEMENTS,
EXPRESSIVE LINES, DESCRIPTIVE LINES

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Art Knowledge:
Lesson 2 Lines and Shapes

Lines Express the essential form of objects

1. Lines describe forms or objects with outline

2. Lines are movements of the hand that leave a pathway through the picture space.

3. Lines can be expressive and have their own emotional or psychological feelings associated.

4. Lines can be descriptive. Close observation of the world around us reveals remarkable shapes and outlines, some simple, some very complex. Good observation will translate into descriptive outline.

3 dimensional forms include added elements to give us knowledge about its 3 dimensional structures.

Basic 3D volumes include familiar geometric forms such as geometric solids, cubes, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, and irregular masses which combine several basic forms in some way. Biomorphic forms suggest natural objects seen in nature.
Review :
E-Z Drawing, Sketching, Studies, Composition
EZ Drawing. Drawing freely without inhibition
Sketching: A version of an image done at times quite quickly, small version of final image. Thumbnail.

Terms:
Line movement, outline, shape, contours,
mass, volume, geometric masses, biomorphic
forms, planes, illumination, highlights, shadows, cast shadows.

 

       


 

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Art Skills: Lesson 2
Observation of shapes and forms. Attempting to copy descriptive forms with pencil and drawing outline.

One of the most important skills in drawing is to let your eye and mind guide your hand. Your hand reacts to what the brain is telling it to do.

Shapes are formed by outlines, a shape is a two dimensional form, it may or may not be recognizable as a known form.

Review drawing the E-Z way based upon light touch and free arm movement, working lightly at first, and not being too rigid about how the outcome must look.
1. Use free arm movements (as demonstrated on the drawing warm up page.)
2. Drawing with very light pressure, until you have the features that you want; then darker heavier lines. Retrace the same outline for practice to build coordination skills.
3. Being tentative ignoring mistakes allow the forms to evolve. No erasing is necessary if you start lightly.
Your paradigms can inhibit creative progress.
Be ready to think in a new way.
Paradigms are how you think things are and how things have to be. How you interpret reality or the world around you. Example sky is not always blue.

In earlier phases of our drawing we symbolize the subject rather than expressing its descriptive edges, (contours). Good drawing is in part, just learning to express more descriptive line features by looking more closely. Below symbolized tree outlines and descriptive tree outlines.

              
       Stylized or symbolic hill and more descriptive hills

              
    Stylized or symbolized cloud and more descriptive version

   
The two heads below expressed a simplified cartoon like version
and a version with more attention to descriptive contours in a profile     
             

ACTIVITIES FOR LESSON 2:
1. Practice drawing outlines that express objects that you observe from real life. Practice observing critically to analyze the descriptive outline of objects, people, or animals, choose subjects from outdoors or indoors. Here you are doing more than just drawing, Carefully observe and discover the contour and expressive features of the object.

2. Make an abstract composition based upon lines of varying thickness, color and emotional character. Work with rhythms which occur as you repeat any line movement. This can be done with markers or color in any medium.
 


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THE ART SKILL LESSONS (DEMOS) COVERED IN THE MINI - ART SERIES:
PRACTICE  SHOULD GO ALONG WITH EACH LESSON
APPLY PRINCIPLES TO YOUR OWN ART EXPRESSION
THESE SKILLS APPLY EASILY TO ALMOST ANY AGE OR CLASS LEVEL FROM AGE 10 UP


Lesson 1: Drawing the easy way. The difference between, compositions, studies and sketches. Thumbnail sketches. What are paradigms? Paradigms that apply to creativity. Three parts in any creative art project. Terms: line, space, shape, art media.
Lesson 2: Review EZ drawing. Expressive lines, Descriptive lines, Shapes. 2 dimensional forms, 3 dimensional masses, shading, illumination. Using tone in drawing and sketching - Reminder: please have a small plastic container to use for wash drawings next week
Lesson 3: Exploring drawing 3 dimensional objects, What makes a form appear to be 3 dimensional? turning 2d into 3d forms. Interpreting common objects into 3 dimensional components, apply methods of shading
Lesson 4: Learning to show depth using, simple perspective. Size changes, Overlapping, Distant horizon, raising on picture plain. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 5: Using the total space, Primary spacial breakup, Mapped spaces, Secondary stages of drawing, using the areas within shapes. Practice interpreting pictures as spacial areas. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 6: Draw human faces, three views of face, cartoon and caricature styles Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 7: Drawing the human body, gesture, proportion, foreshortening, quick sketch methods. You will be a model for your partner and visa versa. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 8: Compositions Interpreting themes with forms or symbols
Lesson 9
: Drawing with detail, detail as added pattern, stylizing detail