About this Course
September 13 - November 1, 2018
After you have designed the composition, everything else you do is merely execution - not that execution is by any means trivial, but virtuosity of execution is for naught if the composition is wanting.
The elements and principles of art are the building blocks for every piece you create. It doesn't matter if you think about the elements consciously or design intuitively. Every single work of art you see is made of various combinations of texture, shape, line, color, and value. They are the basic five-letter alphabet of the visual language.
One of my favorite courses to teach is The Elements of Art. I've been working for a long time to bring this course to you online and it's finally ready. I'm not quite sure how to describe it to you - it's fun like kindergarten playtime, but also a seriously informative and in depth study of composition. Gaining an understanding of the elements can be kind of life changing for an artist. Being able to articulate and understand what you already know can help you to see your work, and the world, with new eyes. It can help you move your unique vision from your mind out into the world where you can share it.
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. -Jiddu Krishnamurti
Whether you have a formal background in art or are completely self taught, this course is something you can truly benefit from. Check your fall calendar now and save the date!
- September 13th: welcome and course philosophy
- September 20: Texture
- September 27: Shape
- October 4: Line
- Break/catch up
- October 11: Color
- October 18: Value
- October 25: Wrap Up
- November 1: Lyric's last comments on student work
Lyric's last comment on student assignments will be November 1st but the classroom will not close. You will have permanent access to these lessons and be able to refer back to them as long and as often as you wish..
The classroom opens on September 13th
You can introduce yourself and familiarize yourself with the online classroom.
Lessons will consist of short video introductions and PDFs.
Q: How does the class work?
A: You will log into Ruzuku to access the course. Each week a new lesson will open consisting of both videos and written instruction. You will need to have an internet connection to stream the videos but can download the written material to peruse at your leisure. In the bottom of each section of the lesson there will be space for you to post your work and interact with the teacher and other students.
Q: Do I need to know how to draw?
A: NO! We will use pen and paper but Lyric will show you exactly what to do. This class isn't about drawing, it's about learning to see and understand what it is you are seeing.
Q: Do you require special supplies?
A: No, you most likely already have everything on hand. If you own a sketchbook, use it. If not, plain paper is great! Use whatever your favorite medium is to create the studies for this course. Acrylic on board? Great! Cloth and thread? Wonderful! Collage paper and glue? Fabulous!
Q: How much time will the class take?
A: I would love it if you spent one hour each week on the exercises. You can delve much more deeply and really get into each lesson if you'd like, repeating and refining your skill and strengthening your understanding as an artist. The more work you put into your individual study, the more you will learn and grow.
Q: I'm half-way across the world in a different time zone. Will I miss half of what is going on?
A: Not at all. The beauty of online classes is that you can come to them at your convenience. There is no "live" element to this class that you will miss.
Q: I'm out of town during a week of the class, what will I miss?
A: Nothing. You can catch up when you get back. All lessons will be there the rest of the class and you can post your work at any time while it is open. I will comment for two weeks past the last exercise (a total of 8 weeks) so there is a little wiggle room. The lessons themselves will remain open to you permanently.
Q: How much interaction is there from the teacher?
A: Lyric will comment on posted assignments until September 30th. The more you post, the more interaction you will get. Lyric will respond to each individual student, but also formulate her responses to the benefit of everyone in the course. Please read other student's questions and answers as you they might ask something you hadn't thought of.
Q: Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the written content, available as PDF lessons i available to download. You can download them as soon as they are released or wait until the end of the course when they are available in one continuous file (great for e-readers). The videos are not downloadable but you will have permanent access to them after November 1st.
Q: What do I need to know about using a computer?
A: You'll need to photograph or scan your assignments and save them as a jpeg. You can upload your pictures from your computer or devise to the online lesson. There is a video when you start class, that explains how to use the online classroom. Support@Ruzuku.com is very helpful and you can email them with any technical questions.