Compendium of free art lessons
Read an essay on art
Color Theory Slide Shows
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
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
Lesson 5 - Seeing negative spaces;
warm and cool color palette, and exercise in
Lesson 6 - Creating effective shadows
Lesson 7 - Understanding Contrast
and Key in a painting.
Lesson 8 - Finding the "Home
Lesson 9 - Local color and using
warm and cool to lighten/darken.
Lesson 10 - Seeing complementary
color in shadows.
Lesson 11 - Color temperature:
painting warm and cool.
Lesson 12 - Reflected light in
Lesson 13 - Figure-ground concept;
Lesson 14 - Relative transparency
-- an exercise.
Lesson 15 - Hue and chroma.
Lesson 16 - Exercise in black
Lesson 17 - Compositional shape.
Lesson 18 - Using broken color.
Lesson 19 - Depth in a painting.
Lesson 20 - Using warm and cool
Lesson 21 - Reading the "value"
of a color.
Lesson 22 - Practicing composition.
Lesson 23 - Finding the "message."
Lesson 24 - Color value scale
Lesson 25 - Interpretations of
Lesson 26 - Observing and duplicating.
Lesson 27 - Varying intensity.
Lesson 28 - Interpreting a composition
as either warm or cool.
Lesson 29 - Closure: suggesting
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"
Lesson 36 - The interpretive ability
of the artist
Lesson 37 - Notes on composition
Lesson 38 - Some discussion about
your color palette choices
Lesson 39 - Stretching a canvas
Lesson 40 - Green and Landscape