When we teach the visual arts at VE ART Studio we are really developing an individual's ability to see (perceive) relationships; in other words to measure accurately one thing to another. The word art, from its Latin/French base literally means "to fit together." Examining this meaning, we can see that drawing and painting can be likened to cooking. Just as the culinary artist fits together ingredients (parts), so does the visual artist. In order to make a drawing of an object or thing, one needs to see its individual sections (how it is constructed). To draw, a person learns to examine and isolate each part back into a whole.
DRAWING / SKETCHING
The basic introductory format is composed of three essential components of visual art:
1. Form (shape)
2. Size (mass, scale)
3. Composition or Placement (relationships)
Watercolors have been used throughout history, but have steadily gained popularity since the 1800's in England.Watercolors are finely ground pigments mixed with a binder, allowing artists to achieve (among other techniques) luminous, sketch-like effects.
The impetus for the invention of artistic media has been the search for permanency and durability. Generally, the solid pigment or coloring agent is the same in all paints. The variable, and that which gives each paint its distinct characteristics, is the liquid binder or vehicle. Materials such as water, oil, or egg yolk holds the color so that it can be spread along a surface.
The binder in acrylic paint is a plastic; a synthetic. Therefore, acrylics dry quickly and are water soluble. This allows clean-up free from the disadvantageous smell of other media
Oil paint is named for the binder in which the pigment is suspended. This liquid is made from the ground seed of the flax plant called linseed oil. Its use began in the 15th century and was most assuredly heralded as a major event. Oil paint is extremely flexible and when thoroughly dry is rock hard (durable); two characteristics of paint desperately sought after, by generations of artists. Further inventions such as canvas and tube color have little changed the basic innovations of oil painting. It became, and remains for many, the perfect medium.