Fundamental information for beginners to drawing including: articles on choosing supplies, setting up a studio, holding drawing mediums correctly, and becoming more productive by employing helpful techniques

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LESSON PLAN TOPIC 1.1
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Make a Storage Portfolio
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Sketch a Self-Portrait
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Play With Five Grades of Graphite
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Buy the Right Drawing Supplies
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Drawing lessons for the beginner artist based on the book "Drawing from Line to Life" by Mike Sibley, who shares his artistic expertise and over 30 years of experience as a professional artist and graphite pencil specialist.

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LESSON PLAN TOPIC 1.2
By Mike Sibley

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Take Your Pencils for a Test Drive
By Mike Sibley

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Blend and Burnish Gradations
By Mike Sibley

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How to Draw with Erasers
By Mike Sibley

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Shade a Lovely Lily
By Mike Sibley

 

Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. Contour drawing abilities are beneficial for whatever future artistic goals students may have.

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LESSON PLAN TOPIC 2.1
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Straight Lines Without a Ruler
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Draw Lines that Meet at an Angle
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Blind Contour Drawing
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Draw Horizontal and Vertical Lines
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Exercise your brain while learning how to draw! Insightful resources and activities to enhance visual intelligence and strengthen whole-brain functions.

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Lesson Plan Topic 2.2
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Ready! Set! Go Draw! (Worksheets)
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Draw Two Faces and a Vase
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Outline a Duck by Identifying Visual Clues
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Turn a Doodle into Contour Drawings
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Shading – the magic that transforms lines on a piece of paper into realistic, three-dimensional objects and living beings! Introduction to Shading teaches you how to shade realistic subjects with traditional shading techniques.

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Lesson Plan Topic 3.1
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Shade Simple Value Scales
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Shade Graduations of Values
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Shade an Optical Illusion
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Use Shading to Create Forms
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Learn shading techniques that can help you successfully capture the textures and/or patterns of diverse drawing subjects including: fabrics, trees, metals, foods, water droplets, flowers, and stained glass.

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Squirkle a Realistic Spruce Tree
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Render the Texture of Corduroy
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Draw a Droplet of Water
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Shade Matte and Shiny Fabric
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Squirkle a Bumpy Avocado
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Drawing lessons designed for experienced beginner artists who wish to be challenged. Author, Mike Sibley shares his 30 years of experience as a professional graphite pencil artist.

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Welcome to Drawing from Line to Life: Intermediate
By Mike Sibley

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Shading Skills Beyond Beginner
By Mike Sibley

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Negative Space as a Positive
By Mike Sibley

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Understanding Negative Drawing
By Mike Sibley

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The “Key” to Expressive Drawing
By Mike Sibley

 

The rules and guidelines that make up the various elements of perspective and composition enable artists to expressively and aesthetically arrange their subjects within the boundaries of a drawing space.

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Identifying Your Eye Level
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Make a Viewfinder Frame
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Compose with a Viewfinder Frame
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Draw a Box with One-Point Perspective
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Three Perspectives on Boxes
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Improve your overall drawing skills by studying the styles and techniques of great masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Faithfully recreate their masterpieces and create contemporary drawings based on their techniques.

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Shade Power Lines on an Antelope
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Render Sets of Curved Lines
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Add Pressure to Straight Lines
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Study of a Flower (Leonardo da Vinci)
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Draw Four Different Buds
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In between the facts and fun, you are invited to discover helpful tips to enhance your own artistic journey and fascinating information about renowned artists and their work.

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Working as a Visual Artist
By Jim Lane

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Play with Your Brain
By Jim Lane

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Valuable Insights into Teaching Art
By Jim Lane

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Break Your Artistic Block!
By Jim Lane

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Planning Art (Art Past, Present, and Future Part 10-1)
By Jim Lane

 

Art therapy is a unique experience based on using the medium of art as an instrument of change. This natural experiential process creates a safe place in which you can enhance your inner awareness and thereby discover a new presentation of yourself.

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Introduction to Art Therapy
By Judith Campanaro

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Express Yourself with Art Activities
By Judith Campanaro

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Explore and Absorb Conscious Awareness
By Judith Campanaro

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Explore the Story of Your Emotions
By Judith Campanaro

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Stress Busters to help You Relax
By Judith Campanaro

 

People are no more difficult to draw than anything else! Heavily illustrated, lessons show you how to draw realistic people of all ages, including: eyes, eyelashes, ears, noses, mouths, hair, hands, arms, legs, bodies, and clothing.

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Basic Facial Proportions: Infant to Adult
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Use Guidelines to Draw a Baby Face
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Use Guidelines to Draw an Adult Face
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Draw a Profile View of a Baby
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Draw a Frontal View of Ashley
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Animals are the favorite drawing subject for artists of all ages and abilities. Heavily illustrated lessons show you how to draw animals of all shapes and sizes: from the usual cats, dogs, and birds to the unusual fish, rodents, and spiders.

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Create a Portrait of Jumpin' Jack
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Draw Dolly the Sheepish Sheep
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Shade Simple Furry Stripes
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Hatch Lady Tuttle the Turtle
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Draw Kevin Bacon (the Little Ham)
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The most rewarding aspect of drawing is capturing a likeness of a loved one – human or animal. Take your beginner skills to a higher level with lessons that focus on techniques for creating life-like portraits and highly detailed caricatures.

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Photorealistic Portrait of Karin
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Isaac the Jack Russell
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Draw a Frontal Portrait of Annie
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The Art of Rendering Facial Expressions
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Panda the Shih Tzu
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Enjoyable drawing lessons from beginner to advanced – designed for the young and young at heart! Learn a vast range of drawing techniques from contours to shading. Some beginner lessons are suitable for children age seven and up.

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Graduate Fur On A Dust Bunny
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Outline and Shade Corny Conehead
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Little Baby Curly
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A Fish Named Wanda
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Princess Leia Kim
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Colored pencils are a wonderful medium for drawing everything and anything. They beautifully capture delicate subjects such as portraits and flowers; and are also great for subjects that require a bolder, more colorful approach, such as cartoons.

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Introduction to Color
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Use Colored Pencils to Mix Colors
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Shade Sunny Blue in Color
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Daisy the Dodo Bird
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Henry the Hairy Hairball
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The very basics of learning to paint: choosing supplies, understanding color, experimenting with brush strokes, learning techniques, and the step-by-step process of creating paintings.

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Painting Supplies for Beginners
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Color Theory for Beginners
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Seeing the Values of Colors
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The Secret to Creating Symmetry
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Set Up a Wet Palette and Mix Colors
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Experiment with fundamental colored pencil techniques and explore the unique characteristics of this amazing medium as you learn to draw in color.

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Welcome to the World of Colored Pencil!
By Tannis Trydal

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Experiment with Pencil Techniques
By Tannis Trydal

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Shade a Smooth Sphere
By Tannis Trydal

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Shade a Soft Fuzzy Sphere
By Tannis Trydal

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Draw a Sphere with a Rough Texture
By Tannis Trydal

 

Use a variety of mediums to explore and expand your creative thinking through a wide range of enjoyable visual art styles and techniques

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What Made You Think of That?
By Cailin Green

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When Is A Painting Finished?
By Cailin Green

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How to Plan and Create a Painting
By Cailin Green

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Creating Art with Tea Bags
By Cailin Green

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Mix Rich Blacks with Acrylic Paint
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