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Portrait Painting May 18-22

A well-executed portrait is expected to show the inner essence of the subject (from the artist's point of view) or a flattering representation, not just a literal likeness. As Aristotle stated, "The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality." Artists may strive for photographic realism or an impressionistic similarity in depicting their subject, but this differs from a caricature which attempts to reveal character through exaggeration of physical features.

How to draw your pet May 11-15

A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work. A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea ... In this case it is serving to help you draw your pet. Send me a pic of your sketch!

How to draw a room with 2 point perspective-May 4-8

Two point perspective drawing is a type of linear perspective. Linear perspective is a method using lines to create the illusion of space on a 2D surface. ... One point perspective uses one vanishing point placed on the horizon line. Two point perspective uses two points placed on the horizon line. This is a continuation of the perspective drawing we did earlier in the year. Send me some pics of your work!


I will show you how to make a simple kinetic sculpture that is so fun to build and play with that you won't realize you are learning basic design principles and physics.


Step by step instructions on painting a landscape. I know you guys like to paint so each the video and give it a try. Branch out if you don't like the subject matter. Cant wait to see some pictures of your paintings! Email me radabaughd@rcscools.net.


A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. Cant wait to see your SELF PORTRAIT! Email me a pic at radabaughd@rcschools.net


Still lifes will make you overall better at drawing. They are a great way to practice creating shapes and building three-dimensional forms through shading techniques of realistic lighting. ... Observation is one of the most important skills that is exercised in still life drawings. SEND ME A PIC OF YOUR STILL LIFE DRAWING! ENJOY!

BALANCE- Elements of Art

Balance is the way in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged. Balance can be symmetrical ("formal"), where elements are given equal "weight" from an imaginary line in the middle of a piece. For the most basic example of symmetry, think of your eyes in relation to either side of your nose. Balance doesn't necessarily mean symmetry, though. Asymmetrical ("informal") balance occurs when elements are placed unevenly in a piece, but work together to produce harmony overall.

COLOR-Elements of Art

Brush up on your knowledge of color in the sixth installment of our Elements of Art series. By considering the vital and vibrant work of the Color Field painters of the 1950s and 60s, we get a glimpse of how powerful a role color plays in art.

VALUE-The Elements of Art

Artists are able to create the illusion of light by being able to produce a wide variety of values. In our fifth episode on the Elements of Art, we explore how artists produce and use different color and tonal values.

TEXTURE-Element of Art

We tend to think of art as mainly something to look at. However, many artists spend a lot of time and effort trying to stimulate other senses. In this fourth installment of our Elements of Art series, we look at how visual artists try to engage our sense of touch. Follow along and discover the myriad ways artists create and use texture.

FORM-Element of Art

Form in the third installment of our Elements of Art series. Through the eye-fooling genre of Trompe L'oeil, we look at techniques artists use to transform shapes into form.

SHAPE-Element of Art

Using still life paintings to show shape as an element of art. Still life paintings of fruit provide the window into artists' individual style and approach to making shapes.

LINE-Element of Art

Line is one of the 7 elements of art. We breakdown the wide variety of lines that visual artists use. Through the lens of the self-portrait, we look at how line is a way for artists to express their individual style and also a tool to control the messages they wish to communicate.