Art fundamentals for beginners

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This 12 week accelerated course is designed as an introduction to art fundamentals for beginners. The course is structured to be informative, intuitive and challenging both conceptually and in practice.


The art fundamentals for beginners course is adapted to cater for individual learning whilst still offering a possibility to work in a group environment either online or a studio environment.

This program is essentially made up of 12 weekly tutorials and exercises. Completing all 12 modules represents about 30hrs of training information. During a continuous fixed period of 3 months, you will cover a wide variety of artistic methods, applications, and styles. The program is split into two 6 week blocks. The 1st focusing on drawing with volume and the 2nd on painting with color.

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Art fundamentals for beginners 12-week program.


Week 1 & 2 Introduction to art fundamentals of drawing

Welcome to the first 2 weeks of this fundamentals course. Week 1 and 2 are essential to building a strong foundation for your art.

Because drawing fundamentals is the backbone of this course I have broken it down into separate segments.

Making it easier for you to progress as well as to understand the importance of learning the basics before you attempt to try more complicated drawings and compositions.

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Week 3 Drawing from observation

Drawing from observation is a broad term used in the art industry to describe a drawing that has been produced either from a still life installation, a photo image, or in a live context. The word observation simply suggests that the artist is using a source of reference or inspiration to create art.

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Week 4&5 Drawing people & Faces

Drawing people & faces is no different from learning how to draw other random objects. Every drawing process requires you to follow a few simple steps.

These steps enable you to establish basic proportions and guides before working on details and finishes. This tutorial will skim through the overall basics of understanding how to draw people and faces using simple shapes such as circles, spheres, triangles, and blocks.

Here are a few examples of shapes and forms that I would recommend practicing if you want to learn how to draw people and portraits.

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Week 6 Imagination vs Reference drawing

The great debate of drawing from imagination vs reference drawing is one that comes up a lot. Especially with new and emerging artists. Some say it is cheating to use references. Others believe it is the gateway to learning how to draw.

Surprisingly, it is just as common with experienced artists as it is with new and emerging artists. What I am referring to is the safety net of control by mitigating any potential risks or disappointment.

So many artists use grids, projectors, tracing paper, stencils, and support images. This is to ensure that the work they are producing depicts the accuracy they are looking for.

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Week 7 Understanding the fundamentals of color

Color plays an essential part in our visual experiences. It goes far beyond decorative beauty. It is widley used as a powerful tool in the creative industry. How well do you know your colors? Discover the beauty of color and its fundamental principles in a step by step process followed by quiz time.

We often take for granted the beauty of color. Forgetting how important the role of color is in our daily life. But how much do we really understand about the way we see color and the way colors work together?

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Week 8 Composition & design for beginners

The execution of a strong composition in visual art can be judged by a series of varying factors that are combined to create what is referred to as visually connected or appealing images.

The notion of a composition can be associated with a number of possible elements and guidelines. Some of which are more modern. Others that date back centuries. Fundamentally, what is composition? And how will you benefit from understanding the following art composition tips for beginners?

Thankfully it doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. Let’s discover them together and move one step closer to making some great art.

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Week 9 Painting from reference

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Week 10 Painting from still life installation

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Week 11 Painting from the imagination

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Week 12 Project completion time.

Revisit past work and select one piece to either rework, finish or duplicate in a different medium.


What to expect from the learning outcomes of this art fundamentals course for beginners?

Working independently in a open learning context allows anyone to progress at an individual pace. Each week you can experiment with new ways of making art. This will help you find your own unique style rather than copying everyone elses styles.

No matter what medium or format you are using, the fundamental rules of design and composition remain the same. Understanding and practicing these guidelines will help you progres instantly.

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Learning the fundamentals of art will challenge & sometimes frustrate you.

The great thing about open learning is that you are free to decide what subject matter you want to use during the workshop.

This workshop will challenge your observational drawing skills and techniques. The better we get at observing the world around us the easier it bocomes to see things in a new way. The more you learn about art the more you can enjoy your self and appreciate the art of others.

Thinking in a contemporary way will allow you to investigate traditional methods while adapting them to today’s visual context.


Workshops also offer

The possibility of experimenting with abstract ideas and techniques. Use this time to question what you enjoy about art as well as what styles that inspire you. Learn how to be curious and inquisitive with your approach to being creative.

Discover new ways of painting or mark-making and get to know some of the key techniques that will make your art look professional.

You don’t have to commit to any long term contracts. Instead, follow the weekly examples at your own pace. The more you practice the better you will get.

How long will it take for you to grasp the fundamentals of art?

For beginners, learning art fundamentals is a process that may seem impossible at first glance. Condensing 12 units of inquiry represents a lot of information to digest in one go.

So it is not uncommon for people to occasionally go back and refresh on previous topics as they progress. As long as you remain active in practicing and learning you should see progress start to evolve within weeks.

Sometimes it is just easier to put a time frame to a process in order to stick to a committed plan.

The reason for this 12-week program is keep it short enough for anyone to achieve results as well as long enough for people to decide if art is truly something that they would like to pursue. All this without the pressure of committing to a long drawn experience.

Each week will offer challenges to experiment with a variety of mediums, styles, sizes, and techniques. You will have access to a library of books. Focusing mainly on Art history but covering a wide range of artistic practices, making sure that you find your personal style along the way.

Examples of paintings in the studio of Artlab Mauritius during Art classes for adults in Mauritius

If you are thinking of clearing your calendar for some art lessons then reach out to me with your details and a small description of why you want to start an art fundamentals course.

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