By Juliette Aristides, 2013 -- Continued from The Vocabulary of Line: Part 1
Art… has the power to make any spot on earth the living center of the universe; and unlike science, which often gives us the illusion of understanding things we really do not understand, it helps us to know life in a way that still keeps before us the mystery of things.
-William Steig, Author of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
The vertical- horizontal framework remains inherent in visual composition, just as the measured beat down in music. Obliqueness is always perceived as a deviation, hence its strongly dynamic character. –Rudolf Arnheim
Most of our physical environment is dominated by vertical and horizontal........: Read More
By Juliette Aristides, 2013
“A line is a path that can offer an interesting and varied journey, rhythmic and with occasional, pleasurable surprises. Thus is one tempted to take the journey again.”
-Krome Barratt, Logic and Design: In Art, Science, and Mathematics
Creating representational art is challenging; a satisfying visual event requires more from the artist than simply transcribing nature directly. With the many technical hurdles to be surmounted in order to get an image to look “right,” artists often tend to focus keenly on accuracy alone. However, our job is not to simply copy what we see but to form an emotional bridge to the viewer. An effective work of art is dependent upon many elements working together to create harmony between the content, mood, and composition.
It is important that artists use the........: Read More
Students of the Aristides Atelier are pleased to take part in Allan Carroll's workshop in the first week of December. Derived from the French gris, grisaille painting is done monochromatically in tones of sepia or gray; traditionally utilizing casts as subject matter, grisaille painting allows students to focus on value to accurately describe form without the distraction of color. Over the course of five days, Mr. Carroll plans to paint a stunning 42x78" panel after Gerard de Lairesse along with the students. Including both decorative and figurative trompe l'oeil elements, this panel will push the students' understanding of decorative grisaille painting.
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When art educator Mandy Hallenius found that her students were ready to tackle more technical skills than she was able to teach them, she sought out intensive atelier training that could be brought into her classroom.
Upon speaking with fellow teachers, she became aware that she was not alone: there are many educators who want to bring technical drawing and painting instruction to their students, but found themselves lacking the resources to do so.
Mandy giving hands-on instruction at an art educator's conference.
In response to these discussions, Mandy began developing lesson plans with artist, educator, and author, Juliette Aristides. Based on Ms. Aristides’ book,........: Read More