Google will bring you any amount of amateurish art tutorials. These resources to build your art-making skills are the real deal.
As we saw in the first post of this series of Artists Back to School, there are all sorts of areas in our Art/Creative lives that can benefit from study including creative expression, art-biz know-how, and tech skills.
But there’s no better place to begin than with the cornerstones of art technique and art history.
Improve Your Painting and Drawing Techniques
For a massive library of hands-on demos and interviews with artists in all sorts of genres, try KQED on iTunes U instead.
Get the iTunes U models either via the desktop iTunes program - free for Macintosh and Windows. (Make sure iTunes U is selected in Preferences)
Great for improving your sketching reflexes!
UPDATE! From the Concordia University website:"For many years, the Concordia University Chicago website has hosted Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a free education tool to promote visual literacy through artwork. This content was loving created by, and remains the intellectual property of Professor Emeritus Deb Herman, MFA.
Coinciding with Professor Herman's recent retirement, the downloadable art lesson plans have been moved to her personal website."
(I went to visit the site but so far there is only a sign-up page to be notified when the lessons become available.)
For the Tate art packs, read the description of each pack carefully to find the best ones. Hint: look for bigger files.
Stimulating Ways to Learn Art History
Some courses also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
(To register for a Class Central course, click on “Go to Class” button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.)
Self-Study Art Foundation Course
Pennsylvania State University offers this fantastic 15 week multi-media course via iTunes U.
Similar to an art foundation course, it has both art history and practical components and is great for would-be artists as NO artistic background is necessary.
Art 10 introduces various art movements, cultural influences, artistic genres and work of individual artists as well as teaching hands-on studio arts techniques with the end result of building a portfolio of artworks.
Free, short art and design courses
With all these great, free resources, you really have NO excuses not to get on and expand your art education. Make this year the year you expand your learning and understanding as an artist!
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