Compendium of free art lessons
Read an essay on art
The Third Dimension, an
essay on how to get depth on the picture plane
Lesson 1 - Getting started. Learning
to look. Do a small monochrome painting with emphasis on the big
Lesson 2 - Simplify what you see to
only three values
Lesson 3 - The edges. Working in monochrome,
explore lost and found edges.
Lesson 4 - What is the difference between
oils, alkyds, acrylics. Values and grounds and the limited palette
Lesson 5 - Seeing negative spaces; warm
and cool color palette, and exercise in mixing greys.
Lesson 6 - Creating effective shadows
Lesson 7 - Understanding Contrast
and Key in a painting.
Lesson 8 - Finding the "Home Value"
Lesson 9 - Local color and using warm
and cool to lighten/darken.
Lesson 10 - Seeing complementary color
Lesson 11 - Color temperature: painting
warm and cool.
Lesson 12 - Reflected light in shadows.
Lesson 13 - Figure-ground concept;
Lesson 14 - Relative transparency --
Lesson 15 - Hue and chroma.
Lesson 16 - Exercise in black and white.
Lesson 17 - Compositional shape.
Lesson 18 - Using broken color.
Lesson 19 - Depth in a painting.
Lesson 20 - Using warm and cool greys.
Lesson 21 - Reading the "value"
of a color.
Lesson 22 - Practicing composition.
Lesson 23 - Finding the "message."
Lesson 24 - Color value scale exercise.
Lesson 25 - Interpretations of a theme.
Lesson 26 - Observing and duplicating.
Lesson 27 - Varying intensity.
Lesson 28 - Interpreting a composition
as either warm or cool.
Lesson 29 - Closure: suggesting a form.
Lesson 30 - Coming up with a Pricing
concept for your art.
Lesson 31 - Line as a design element:
Lesson 32 - Varieties of "contrast".
Lesson 33 - Juxtaposing complements
of the same value.
Lesson 34 -Juxtaposing opposites.
Lesson 35 - Color "rules"
from Charles Sovek.
Lesson 36 - An example of the interpretive
ability of the artist
Lesson 37 - Notes on composition basics