[17 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Learn How to Draw and Paint: Start Today!

Welcome to Painting-Course.Com. Here you will find lessons, exercises, and assignments to improve your painting and drawing abilities.¬†Painting-Course.Com is 100% free Open Coursework online. You start when you want, and complete assignments, drawing, paintings at your own pace. Please take a tour through the different lessons and see what interests you. If you are ready to start learning how to paint and draw then click “Get Started Now!” in the upper left hand corner of the page. Get your sketchbook ready and let’s jump in!
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[22 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
The Importance of Contrast in Painting

There are many different ways we can depict Contrast in Painting, and because of this, this lesson will need to be split into different parts so we can go into each different type of contrast in depth. But first let’s get into exactly what contrast means.
The dictionary definition is as follows:
Contrast: The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in
juxtaposition or close association.
Synonyms:  opposition Рantithesis Рopposite Рcontradistinction
So I think we all have a pretty good feel of what something is when it is in …

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[10 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]
Writing Artist Statement of Intent

As I have stressed multiple times throughout this course we are not only building upon technical strengths but also your ability to synthesize and create concepts. We’ve gone into history a bit, and examined some of the more formal aspects of painting and drawing.¬† Now’s the time where we will delve into an area which often is ignored by many art schools, as well as working artists. The skill you will be working on here doesn’t involve paint or a pencil, but instead your mind and your ability to focus …

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[28 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Color Wheel for Painting

What is the correct color wheel for painting? It has been hotly debated for over a century, and everyone seems to have an opinion about what the “real” primary colors are. In the following post I hope to educate you about some of the theories about just which primary colors are the best to be used for painting, and why. Of course I also offer some of my own personal opinion based upon my own studies of color as well as my experience as …

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[17 Mar 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Properties of Color

Properties of Color
The three main properties of color are Hue, Intensity, and Value.
Hue refers to the color of something, meaning that when we speak of green (for instance) and it’s greeness we are referring to the Hue.
Intensity refers to the saturation or “vibrancy” of a color. In the graph below you can see how Intensity can differ in a color. Intensity of a color can be changed in a few different ways.
1: Adding white to a color will lighten it and also diminish it’s intensity. Adding white …

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[10 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Color Emotions

Color Emotions.
Before we get into what different emotions can be transmitted to a viewer/participant who is experiencing different colors, it is first important to understand that there is an entire field devoted to studying how color effects our emotions. By studying color psychology we can begin to understand the complex and mysterious world of Color Emotions.
Color Psychology is a relatively new branch of Psychology which deals with how color relates to human behavior and emotions. In the advertising world this is well known, and debated. Why are the golden arches …