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Saturday, 18 September 2021
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Name Your Shadow Shapes when Drawing

Naming the shapes within your shapes helps you to draw accurately.     Name Those Shapes “Don’t you see? It looks like Minnesota on crack.” This is how I once described a shadow shape to one of my students in … Continue reading

Sunday, 12 September 2021
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Why Is Red So Hard to Paint?

Red subjects have a bad reputation for being difficult to paint. But if you take time to identify its attributes, you can easily overcome red’s obstacles. Have you ever tried to Cosplay Sabastian from The Little Mermaid? It’s no easy … Continue reading

Saturday, 24 July 2021
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Everything You Know About Warm and Cool Colors Is Wrong

Red, orange, yellow – warm colors right? Green, blue, purple are cool colors, right? Wrong.  The truth is, that every color is both warm AND cool, and that warm and cool colors are all relative to each other. Take purple … Continue reading

Saturday, 26 June 2021
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Color Palettes of Iceland

Every country has its own, place-specific palette, but Iceland has some of the most unique colors of them all.     Blue Lagoon Palette The Blue Lagoon is world-famous for its milky-blue waters. As an artist, I wanted to discover … Continue reading

Thursday, 3 June 2021
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How to Care for a Class Set of Wood Palettes

Discover how to make your wood palettes last years and even get better with age. Please note that this post contains affiliate links. Additionally, our programs for art teachers are supported by generous donations of paint and Gamsol from Gamblin. … Continue reading

Thursday, 27 May 2021
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What Should I Draw?

“What should I draw?” is a common refrain from students in my art classroom. After years of answering this question, I have found that the answer is different for each student. As artists develop their skills, certain drawing subjects are … Continue reading

Monday, 24 May 2021
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How to Set Up a Painting Studio

Save yourself frustration and hassle by setting up your art studio space the right way.     Learning how to draw and paint at the highest levels is challenging enough – there is no need to make the task even … Continue reading

Monday, 17 May 2021
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4 Must-Read Atelier Art Books for Newbies

New to atelier training? Here are 4 great books to help you get started.   Please note this post contains affiliate links. You can read our policy on affiliate links here. 1. Beginning Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides. To be … Continue reading

Monday, 10 May 2021
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This guide reviews the pros and cons of 3 different pencil styles as seen through the lens of classroom use.   Before we begin, you should know that I have a controversial stance when it comes to drawing pencils. I … Continue reading

Monday, 26 April 2021
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Deftness of Touch when Drawing

Sensitivity of touch is a necessary skill for drawing at the highest levels. When I started learning how to draw at an atelier, I was completely astonished when observing my very first drawing demonstration. The instructor picked up a piece … Continue reading

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