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Painting : Explore the Fine Art of Painting (General)

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Explore the Fine Art of Painting: General Instruction

The fine art of painting has been around for centuries. Learn about the different types and styles of painting such as alkyds, acrylic, gouache, oil, watercolor, Trompe L'Oeil, and decorative painting from this collection of painting articles and how-to Websources. Begin your exploration in the General Painting resources below or access the other topics from the menu to the right. All Websources offer free learning through tips and techniques, patterns, projects, online classes, or other how to information.

General How-to Painting Sources

The Art Window
Fully-illustrated educational and instructional information from the Art Window on the color wheel, color classifications, and painting practices. Includes topics on value, tints, shades, and color neutralization.

Art is Fun
Art-is-fun.com is a free resource for artists, art students, art instructors, and art enthusiasts ~ featuring a fusion of art instruction with inspiring articles to get the creative juices flowing. The site is intended for artists of all skill levels who have a wide variety of artistic interests. Art is fun provides instruction on how to paint and how to draw, as well as background information on a variety of subject matter and styles.

Paint Brush Basics
Michaels Artist's Studio Education helps you learn about various brush types, materials, shapes and sizes, recommended paint type and benefits of each so you can choose the best brush for your watercolor, oil, or acrylic based projects. Also features a glossary of terms and brush care information to make your brushes last.

About.com Painting
"How-to articles, practical tips, projects, and inspiration." A solid painting resource and community featuring instructional articles, forums, newsletter, and chat. Topics include: essential know-how, acrylics, oil, watercolors, pastels, stencils, decorative art, fabric painting, face painting, figures / portraits, abstract art, landscapes, composition, and color theory.

Spotlight On: The Art Window

A Window to Exploring Color and Painting

Color WheelThe Art Window offers many selections to study and experience in seven different categories: Drawing, Painting, Graphics, Word Art, 3D, Foundations and Mixed Media. Come and take your pick!

I'd like to tell you about the work presented on the Web site, and give you an example offered for extra credit for beginning classes. Let's paint first!

Do you like COLOR? Project Prompts

We are very familiar with primary colors: red, yellow and blue, and I'd wager most students know and paint the circular color wheel. Here's a way to mix the primary, secondary and intermediate hues a bit differently.

Take two 4½" x 6" papers and fold them in half. Draw an interesting "in and out" shape on each from the fold and cut them out. Trace around and alternate each shape 3 times, making them overlap each other forming smaller shapes inside. Paint the primaries first to space them correctly, then mix up the rest as needed.

Color WheelHere's another alternative. Cut out a 6-letter word — your name, an object, sport, etc. Overlap the letters in the same fashion as above, and enjoy the mixes!

For a more detailed explanation on the Art Window, please see our Color page. This is presented in a more traditional way for beginners, but has a slightly different addition to it. Give it a try!

Now, about the Art Window. The photos on the site are examples made by high school students and are the teaching displays. Students are just like us — some very experienced, some with a little art background. Most in the beginning classes had none at all... and many could not speak English.

I feel that is one of the greatest assets of this Web site — to offer to all interested in the doing of art that being born with "talent" is not the only criteria for being creative. These students really applied themselves, learned from others, studied visual examples and jumped right in to class assignments. Success is not really found in just a "grade", but in satisfying that personal inner self that knows good things happen in the whole experience. Their work hopefully will encourage those who never benefited from art classes to go ahead and "do their thing". Experience is a vital key here, so keep it up!

You will see work from advanced students too, many who go on to prepare portfolios for college study. Visit the Art Window at www.mmwindowtoart.com. •