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Painting : Explore the Fine Art of Painting (General)
Master It Like Monet!
Explore the Fine Art of Painting: General Instruction
Decorative & Tole Painting
Oil & Trompe L'Oeil
Watercolor & Gouache
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
Art is Fun
Paint Brush Basics
Spotlight On: The Art Window
A Window to Exploring Color and Painting
The 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.
Here'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. •