Not having attended the foundation course or done much reading in art / art history, I turned to my favorite resource, the net, when trying to do some background reading on our recent assignment - Analyze a Painting. Here is a site that fit my needs.
Art Critiquing - Articulation From the site What is art? How does art address the needs of humanity? Why do we create art? Is all art beautiful? Does everyone see art in the same way? What does a work of art say to you? How does an artist express his/her point of view? How do you talk about art? What is the language of art?
This program invites you to learn about the art critiquing process. The objectives of ARTiculation were designed to encourage you to really "look" at a piece of artwork and to understand what goes into the art making process. You will have opportunities to make informed judgments and to share personal insights about different types of art. You will also learn that there is not just one "correct" answe…
Here's another book that has been very popular but has been out of print for a while. Fineart.sk is providing this and 3 other Andrew Loomis books online from their site. They also have some tasteful nude picture for artists. The only problem is to download each page in the books one at a time
Since we're currently have Composition as our assignment for the week, I thought I'd do some reading on it. Here's an article which seems to be very well put together. Even though he is talking about photography, I think it applies to painting as well. There's even a pdf version so that you can print it out and read it at leisure.
Unbelievable resource. There are images from all kinds of historical books on anatomy available for reading on this site.
From the site
Historical Anatomies on the Web is a digital project designed to give Internet users access to high quality images from important anatomical atlases in the Library's collection. The project offers selected images from NLM's atlas collection, not the entire books, with an emphasis on images and not texts
I dont think I'll be exaggerating when I say that handprint is the best site out there for watercolors. Theres information on color theory, material, techniques, reviews of books and much more. I've been going through the color section for a while now. The site has been written and is updated by Bruce MacEvoy. This is an ongoing project and it still has some sections which are not yet complete.
Daniel Thompson did an excellent job of translating Cennini's painting manual, "Il Libro dell' Arte" that describes 13th century painting methods. The text, from the book, has been made available online for educational purposes at Noteaccess.com.
The only time I could catch him being still for 5 minutes! But he moved just after that and I had to use my imagination to complete the painting. I think I used too much linseed oil as it didnt dry and my next layer has merged with the previous one.
This site has a lot of information on methods and materials for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking etc. It seems to be still under construction but a whole lot of information is already available. Seemed to be right on the button as reference for the Methods and Material class.
This is a site that I have found very useful, informative and encouraging when I first started painting last year. I continue to visit it almost everyday. It is well worth registering and checking out the forums that are of interest to you.
Here's what they say about themselves WetCanvas! (or as some people affectionately call it, WC!), was founded in 1998 to help artists connect, collaborate, learn, get inspired, and sell their art over the Internet. From its humble grass-roots beginnings, the site has grown into a valuable resource - a veritable gold mine of information, serving painters, photographers, glass artists, sculptors, illustrators, graphic designers, and other artists. We currently deliver millions of page impressions each month, to hundreds of thousands of unique visitors!
Our online community is comprised of artists of all levels, ranging from Sunday painters to artists who exhibit in some of the finest galleries in the world. Whether your interests lie in learning n…