Art Techniques

Art Appreciation
How artists use their medium to create a desired effect.

A Discussion on Sketching and Drawing star
Is a sketch and drawing identical? Yes and no. I will explain the similarities/differences and artists who were practitioners (for various reasons).

Darkness in Art – Rembrandt, van Gogh, Whistler star
As Daylight Saving Time ends, we face darkness at an earlier evening hour. Some artists have chosen to embrace the dark and create wondrous works. I’ll discuss these paintings.

Diversity in Head Portraiture star
From the Italian Renaissance to the Dutch Golden Age to current times, figurative art has again gained in popularity. Who does it best?

Famous Artists Who Were Inspired by Color star
When you think of Van Gogh, you think of yellow, a vibrant color. What is your favorite color and which one of the famous artists used that color to express their creativity?

Flowers in Art from the Dutch Golden Age star
The Dutch have had a national passion for flowers - beginning in the 16thc. I'll discuss interesting aspects of floral arrangements then and now and artists who painted flowers (and one who didn't).

Geometry in Art star
As one of the oldest branches of mathematics, geometry takes on many forms found in nature that have been expressed through the medium of art. I will discuss work by artists you may recognize. Or not.

Glass and Marble in Art star
Both substances are found in nature, with ancient origins, and able to be transformed into endless forms. I will discuss these mysterious, yet familiar mediums.

Hooray for Public Art star
Some murals and sculpture are available free to the public regardless of one's social status. Art is communication, providing more questions than answers to those of us who are curious. Are you?

Illuminated Manuscripts star
The Book of Kells is perhaps the finest illuminated manuscript in Celtic art with its ornate swirling motifs. I will discuss this manuscript as well as other notable religious books.

Imagined + Fictitious Figurative Art star
In contrast to abstraction, figure painting is instead a representation of the real world. In modern art, the subject can be without a face or even that of an imaginary person. I will discuss these variations.

Mosaics in Art star
Ancient floor and wall mosaics have been found dating from BCE to CE. I will discuss the cultures that were proficient in their use of materials to create mosaics that have lasted through the ages.

The Art and Nature of Fresco: Introduction star[offsite link]
An in-depth guide written by a contemporary artist describing fresco as a work of art including process, materials, design and painting

The Line, Angle, and Axis as Used in Art star
Lines seem simple enough to draw. Why, even your child can make that, right? Well, yes and no. I'll discuss notable artists who have used the line (unlike anyone else) and turned it into personalized art forms.

The Origin and Techniques in Oil Painting star
One product commonly found at art supply stores is oil paint in a tube - today taken for granted, it has a rich history. I will discuss artists who experimented with this medium that would change Western art.

Visual Illusions in Art star
'Trompe l'oeil' is perhaps the best known of this art technique, although surrealism and holography are other methods. I will discuss art considering the philosophical question: what is an illusion, what is reality?

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