Fundamental information for beginners to drawing including: articles on choosing supplies, setting up a studio, holding drawing mediums correctly, and becoming more productive by employing helpful techniques

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LESSON PLAN TOPIC 1.1
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Make a Storage Portfolio
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Play With Five Grades of Graphite
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Sketch a Self-Portrait
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Understanding Talent
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Drawing lessons for the beginner artist based on the book "Drawing from Line to Life" by Mike Sibley, who shares his artistic expertise and over 30 years of experience as a professional artist and graphite pencil specialist.

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LESSON PLAN TOPIC 1.2
By Mike Sibley

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Welcome to Drawing from Line to Life
By Mike Sibley

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Take Your Pencils for a Test Drive
By Mike Sibley

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Blend and Burnish Gradations
By Mike Sibley

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How to Draw with Erasers
By Mike Sibley

 

Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. Contour drawing abilities are beneficial for whatever future artistic goals students may have.

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LESSON PLAN TOPIC 2.1
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw from One Point to Another
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Lines that Meet at an Angle
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Horizontal and Vertical Lines
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Draw Diagonal Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Exercise your brain while learning how to draw! Insightful resources and activities to enhance visual intelligence and strengthen whole-brain functions.

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Turn a Doodle into Contour Drawings
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw a Symmetrical Design
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Ready! Set! Go Draw! (Worksheets)
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Two Faces and a Vase
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Outline a Duck by Identifying Visual Clues
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Shading – the magic that transforms lines on a piece of paper into realistic, three-dimensional objects and living beings! Introduction to Shading teaches you how to shade realistic subjects with traditional shading techniques.

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Lesson Plan Topic 3.1
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Shade Simple Value Scales
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Shade an Optical Illusion
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Shade Graduations of Values
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Use Shading to Create Forms
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Learn shading techniques that can help you successfully capture the textures and/or patterns of diverse drawing subjects including: fabrics, trees, metals, foods, water droplets, flowers, and stained glass.

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Render the Texture of Corduroy
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Squirkle a Realistic Spruce Tree
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw a Droplet of Water
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Shade Matte and Shiny Fabric
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Squirkle a Bumpy Avocado
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Drawing lessons designed for experienced beginner artists who wish to be challenged. Author, Mike Sibley shares his 30 years of experience as a professional graphite pencil artist.

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Welcome to Drawing from Line to Life: Intermediate
By Mike Sibley

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Shading Skills Beyond Beginner
By Mike Sibley

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Negative Space as a Positive
By Mike Sibley

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Understanding Negative Drawing
By Mike Sibley

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The “Key” to Expressive Drawing
By Mike Sibley

 

The rules and guidelines that make up the various elements of perspective and composition enable artists to expressively and aesthetically arrange their subjects within the boundaries of a drawing space.

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Make a Viewfinder Frame
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Compose with a Viewfinder Frame
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Draw a Box with One-Point Perspective
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Three Perspectives on Boxes
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Simple Overlapping Shapes
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Improve your overall drawing skills by studying the styles and techniques of great masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Faithfully recreate their masterpieces and create contemporary drawings based on their techniques.

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Add Pressure to Straight Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Render Sets of Curved Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Four Different Buds
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Practice Lines with Pencil Pressure
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Spice Up Lines with Pressure and Grades
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

In between the facts and fun, you are invited to discover helpful tips to enhance your own artistic journey and fascinating information about renowned artists and their work.

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Play with Your Brain
By Jim Lane

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Break Your Artistic Block!
By Jim Lane

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Who is an Artist?
By Jim Lane

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Encouragement (or Not)
By Jim Lane

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My Goat Ate My Artwork
By Jim Lane

 

Art therapy is a unique experience based on using the medium of art as an instrument of change. This natural experiential process creates a safe place in which you can enhance your inner awareness and thereby discover a new presentation of yourself.

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Express Yourself with Art Activities
By Judith Campanaro

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Explore the Story of Your Emotions
By Judith Campanaro

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Stomp That Stress Away!
By Judith Campanaro

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Create Two Self Portraits
By Judith Campanaro

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Collect Happiness in a Scrapbook
By Judith Campanaro

 

People are no more difficult to draw than anything else! Heavily illustrated, lessons show you how to draw realistic people of all ages, including: eyes, eyelashes, ears, noses, mouths, hair, hands, arms, legs, bodies, and clothing.

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Shade the Basic Forms of Lips
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Sketch and Shade a Baby’s Mouth
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Outline an Adult Head and Face
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Draw Realistic Eyelashes
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Draw a Realistic Eye
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Animals are the favorite drawing subject for artists of all ages and abilities. Heavily illustrated lessons show you how to draw animals of all shapes and sizes: from the usual cats, dogs, and birds to the unusual fish, rodents, and spiders.

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Rocky the Rodent
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Dolly the Sheepish Sheep
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Hatch Lady Tuttle the Turtle
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Draw Kevin Bacon (the Little Ham)
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Shade a Basic Dog Eye
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

The most rewarding aspect of drawing is capturing a likeness of a loved one – human or animal. Take your beginner skills to a higher level with lessons that focus on techniques for creating life-like portraits and highly detailed caricatures.

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Isaac the Jack Russell
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Panda the Shih Tzu
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Little Miss Sunshine
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Sweet Katie The Pitweiler
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Boy with Wonderful Curly Hair
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Enjoyable drawing lessons from beginner to advanced – designed for the young and young at heart! Learn a vast range of drawing techniques from contours to shading. Some beginner lessons are suitable for children age seven and up.

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Outline and Shade Corny Conehead
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Little Baby Curly
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Princess Leia Kim
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Smiley Sammy and Samantha
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Wendy the Wooly Woo
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Colored pencils are a wonderful medium for drawing everything and anything. They beautifully capture delicate subjects such as portraits and flowers; and are also great for subjects that require a bolder, more colorful approach, such as cartoons.

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Use Colored Pencils to Mix Colors
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Shade Sunny Blue in Color
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Daisy the Dodo Bird
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Henry the Hairy Hairball
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Impress a Cartoon Butterfly
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

The very basics of learning to paint: choosing supplies, understanding color, experimenting with brush strokes, learning techniques, and the step-by-step process of creating paintings.

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Painting Supplies for Beginners
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Color Theory for Beginners
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Seeing the Values of Colors
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Set Up a Wet Palette and Mix Colors
By Brenda Hoddinott

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Outline a Color Wheel on Canvas Board
By Brenda Hoddinott

 

Experiment with fundamental colored pencil techniques and explore the unique characteristics of this amazing medium as you learn to draw in color.

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Experiment with Pencil Techniques
By Tannis Trydal

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Shade a Smooth Sphere
By Tannis Trydal

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Shade a Soft Fuzzy Sphere
By Tannis Trydal

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Draw a Sphere with a Rough Texture
By Tannis Trydal

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Transform One Color into Five
By Tannis Trydal

 

Use a variety of mediums to explore and expand your creative thinking through a wide range of enjoyable visual art styles and techniques

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Mix Rich Blacks with Acrylic Paint
By Cailin Green

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What Made You Think of That?
By Cailin Green

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How to Plan and Create a Painting
By Cailin Green

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Use Impasto to Paint with Texture
By Cailin Green

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Paint a Picture with Raised Outlines
By Cailin Green