9 WEEK MINI COURSE

Learn Art Skills Lesson 8
Build Your Imagination
Ideas for Pictures
Imagination the Magic Ingredient

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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Lesson 8: Art Subjects,  Ideas; IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY

Art Knowledge: Lesson 8: All Art Comes from Ideas
Visual Artists express ideas through forms and images Subject matter  (images) can be made in countless different ways.
You can portray or use as a subject real places, people, or things; remembered persons, places and things; or
imagined persons, places and things. You can also make up a story and tell it with your pictures.
There are many choices about media and technique. These forms can be represented in 2 dimensional picture space or

3-dimensional representation. HERE ARE 3 HELPFUL LESSON LINKS:
Link 1: Getting Started,  Link 2: Develop Your Art Idea Link 3: How to begin a Picture


Here are two Picasso pictures, 1uses flat, 2 dimensional areas. The other 3 dimensional space. Two pictures by Yves Tanguy show 3 dimensional representation of fantasy forms.

SOURCES OF IMAGES FOR PICTURES
Beginning artists have choices for finding subject matter.
The first is to observe from actual subjects that we see, either from life or from pictures, the second choice is to  imagine the objects. Subject matter  that can be observed will give us the easiest and clearest images to be copied because we can learn about specific form color and detail by looking closely and drawing what we see. With imagination, unless we have a very good knowledge of some form, we will probably get results that are not too realistic. (realism matches nature or reality). With fantasy or imaginary subjects we can symbolize the objects that we draw and produce our own version of reality. For example a horse or a dragon when not drawn from a real picture or model becomes a symbol of a horse or a dragon.


SOME PICTURES TELL STORIES
Pictures that children like often tell a story. There is a theme or a subject about something that is happening. These kinds of pictures are easy to draw and paint. What is the story about? Who or what is the main characters of the story? What is the setting for the story?
Some Story Telling Ideas:
ACTIVITY 1:
Select one of the stories below and draw the story as a composition Use the whole picture frame.

"The Terrible Flood", "When We Built the Tree House", "When We Camped at the Lake", "A Very Dangerous Adventure", "Little Sleepy Head", "When we Discovered the Hidden Treasure", "The Friendly Giant", "The Magic Mirror", "The Mermaid and the Whale". Your own

Many picture compositions show subject in some kind of environment (where subject lives)
ACTIVITY 2: Draw one of the subjects from column 1 with some normal environment (column 2)
ACTIVITY 3: Draw one of the subjects from column 1 with an environment from column 2 or 3, not the normal one.

SUBJECTS FOR PICTURES
Turtle
Bird
Jet or Rocket Ship
Shark or Sea Creature
Lion
Gnarly Tree
Cannon
Ship or Boat
Eagle
Fruit
Hand or Arm
Faces
Snowmobile
Machine
Environment For This Subject
Swamp
Sky or Tree
Skies or Outer Space
Coral Reef, Ocean
Plain or Jungle
Country side or Rocky Shore
Battle field or Fortress
Sea or Lake
High Nest or Skies
Plate or Branch
Part of Body
Part of Body
Outdoor Path
Shop or Factory

OPTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS
(Fantasy) See Fantasy Link
Table
Basket
Barn
Swamp
Desert
Island
Cityscape
Volcanic Mountain
Sea Shore
Glass Bowl
Any Place
Any Thing
Small thing made huge
(ex. clothes pin) 


HINTS FOR BETTER PICTURES - COMPOSITION:
Positioning the parts of your picture: Make some of the forms more important than others. These can be emphasized by making them larger than the others or so they stand out from the other forms in other ways. (Darker or lighter than others, etc.
HINT:  For better compositions repeat some of the forms to create pattern or rhythms. (Trees repeated create a rhythm, or clouds repeated create a rhythm. etc.

HINTS FOR BETTER PICTURES - USE  SKILLS YOU HAVE BEEN PRACTICING:
1. E-Z drawing, lightly drawn at first to allow for changes without erasing.
(Lesson 1)
2. Breaking up the picture space into numerous zones of interest.
(Lesson 5)
3. Use 3D modeling or shading techniques to add mass or weight to the objects.  (Lesson 3)

Places to see the work of great artists.

Where to find Pinkmeister's art resource web sites:
On these web sites you will find dozens of art and design lessons.
http://www.friendlyarts.net/Asdo/
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http://www.friendlyarts.net/Wheaton/
 

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 E-Z 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 spatial breakup, Mapped spaces, Secondary stages of drawing, using the areas within shapes. Practice interpreting pictures as spatial 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, add pattern, stylizing detail