Art Themes

Art Themes

Choices in Art Learning and Making
Marjorie Cohee Manifold
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/06/2017
ISBN: 978-0-253-03120-4
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Flexible in approach and full of colorful examples, this textbook provides a basic introduction to what art is and can be in the lives of people who do not necessarily think of themselves as "artists." You will be taught about a variety of art themes, genres, materials, and processes that appeal to novice art makers. The lessons are organized by themes of general subject matter or media. Options are available for work in mixed media, crafts, photography and digital media, as well as in traditional drawing or painting media. After picking a theme of particular interest to you, look next at the four strands of lessons presented in that thematic unit. Moving from left to right, select one lesson from each consecutive strand and complete that lesson. Because each lesson builds upon previously presented knowledge and developed skill, as you progress through four lessons, one from each strand, you should grow in your understanding of art concepts, meanings, and processes, while also improving your art making skills. Completing this course will help you develop a new appreciation for the power and possibilities of art learning, by understanding better the art others create, as well as making it yourself.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and How to Use this Book
Basics of Creating Works of Art
The Thematic Units
1. Lessons in Drawing Realistically
Lesson 1: Shading Rounded Objects
Lesson 2: Drawing Elliptical Shapes
Lesson 3: Facial Proportions
Lesson 4: A Mirror Image Face
Lesson 5: An Extended Photograph
Lesson 6: Drawing Hands
Lesson 7: Body Proportions
Lesson 8: The Figure in Action
Lesson 9: Inspired by da Vinci
Lesson 10: A ¾-View Portrait
Lesson 11: Foreshortening
Lesson 12: A Portrait of a Shoe
Lesson 13: Looking at Details
Lesson 14: Drawing Trees
Lesson 15: Drawing Animals
Lesson 16: Drawing Hair
Lesson 17: Drawing Shiny and Transparent Objects
Lesson 18: Shadows in a Triptych
Lesson 19: Grid Magic
Lesson 20: A Bestiary Creature
Lesson 21: Shading Flat Objects
Lesson 22: Drawing in One-Point Perspective
Lesson 23: Drawing in Two-Point Perspective
Lesson 24: A Remodeled House
Lesson 25: Architectural Design
Lesson 26: A Dramatic Mood Cityscape
Lesson 27: A Crowd Scene

2. Lesson in Color and Paint
Lesson 28: Color Studies
Lesson 29: Color Match Collage
Lesson 30: Mood Expressions
Lesson 31: Matisse, Music, & Design
Lesson 32: Light and Leaves
Lesson 33: Microscopic World
Lesson 34: A Watercolor Landscape
Lesson 35: Near and Far Spaces
Lesson 36: Painting an Interior
Lesson 37: A Victorian House
Lesson 38: Inspired by Close
Lesson 39: In an Impressionist Style
Lesson 40: In the Style of the Expressionists
Lesson 41: Mood Portraits
Lesson 42: Inspired by van Gogh
Lesson 43: Inspired by O’Keeffe
Lesson 44: Color Shading Rounded Objects
Lesson 45: Reflective and Transparent Surfaces
Lesson 46: A Landscape in Inclement Weather
Lesson 47: Light and Water
Lesson 48: Water Resists
Lesson 49: Paint and Imagination

3. Decorative and Graphic Design
Lesson 50: Animal Symbols
Lesson 51