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Practice or study at home, we have plenty of resources! Also, perfect for folks that live outside of Southern Arizona. Here you will find educational articles for self-study written by our professional teaching artists. Click each item link to read more. Enjoy!

Color as Hue?


'Hue' is one of the characteristics of color, it is the name of the color or 'hue family' i.e. red, orange, yellow. For example, if the color of an apple is red then the apple has a red 'hue'. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Sunday, May 28, 2017 | Tags : Color Color Theory Color Wheel Hue

The Principles of Art


Otherwise known as the 'Principles of Design' is a universal but nebulous and subjective concept used to compose an image, but not to be confused with the 'Elements of Design.' These 'principles' are utilized by the creator to intentionally organize any visual element within an image. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | Tags : Balance Emphasis Proportion Rhythm Unity

Why Learn to Draw?


The 20th century saw the rise of images in the news and media, as we move further into the 21st century and our communications accelerate, images are now a vital part of our everyday lives. We are blasted daily via our cell phones, the internet, television, magazines, and newspapers and with the Arts, disappearing from the education curriculum, study of the visual arts is now more important than ever, especially drawing. Why? Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Monday, December 19, 2016 | Tags : Drawing Visual Art Visual Communication

The Anatomy of Light & Shadow

Light & Shadow

Observation is one of the most important skills used in creating representational drawings however if we want to portray a realistic three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface we have to create an illusion that the viewer believes to be three dimensional. This is where it helps to have a bit of academic knowledge and a basic understanding of how light and shadow work together. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Saturday, October 1, 2016 | Tags : Value Tone Tint Shade

Pastel Pencil Techniques

Pastel Techniques

Pastel Pencils are perfect for a wide variety of styles from loose drawing to finer details or linear drawings. It's all in the way you hold your pencil combined with the way you sharpen & maintain it! Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Tags : Pastel Techniques

Shape, Form & Pattern

Shape, Form & Pattern

After complex subjects are broken down into simple components, anything can be drawn using an arrangement of shape, form or pattern. Learning to see the world around you in terms of these concepts will improve your drawing skills. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Sunday, August 28, 2016 | Tags : Form Shape Pattern

Introduction to Color Theory

Color Theory

Color is all around us. It adds excitement and emotion to our lives. Everything from the clothes we wear, the pictures we paint and the environment in which we live revolves around color. Without color, the world would be a much less attractive place. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Sunday, August 7, 2016 | Tags : Color Color Theory Color (Analogous) Color (Complements) Color (Monochromatic) Color (Neutrals) Color (Tetrads) Color (Triads) Harmony Visual Communication

The Psychology of Color


Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness however different colors affect us differently. Have you ever wondered why people wait in what’s called a “Green Room” before they appear as a guest on a talk show? Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Saturday, July 30, 2016 | Tags : Color Color Theory Visual Communication

What is the Job of Line?


Lines have strength, clarity and simplicity. In drawing, they are the most basic form of communication. Think of a bird on a wire, line has a pretty fundamental job, to hold up the bird and represent the wire however without that one element of visual communication, the bird has no place to rest and would appear to float in air, leaving the viewer to question the context. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Sunday, July 24, 2016 | Tags : Line Elements of Design

The Powerful Persuasion of Line


In the visual arts, line is the most basic form of communication but lines may also invoke feelings, enhance the mood or stir an emotional response from the viewer. In geometry a line is formed by the connection of two points. In drawing when we make a one-dimensional mark on a surface, we are “mark making.” Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | Tags : Line Visual Elements of Design

Elements of Design


The "Elements of Design" in the visual arts, also known as the "Elements of Art" are the basic building blocks or tools used to translate any idea into a visual concept, design or composition. They can be found in drawings, paintings, multi-media, photography or any other means of visual communication. Read more...

by Christy Olsen | Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | Tags : Elements of Design Line Shape Value Size Color Space Texture Visual Communication Visual Art Design