I introduced acrylic painting in my Monday night class. Painting a cube is always the first painting lesson I give. There are 3 values you need to paint a cube. First the Hue- the color of the object from the color wheel, the Tint – hue mixed with white, and the Tone – hue mixed with the complimentary color.
A recent drawing lesson in Monday night’s adult class was positive/negative space. Positive space is the subject and the space around it is the negative space. When learning how to draw it’s a great exercise to draw the negative shapes not the subject. The reason it helps beginners so much is that it helps the brain shift to the right side of the brain where the skills needed to draw live. The right side of the brain is better suited to seeing shapes abstractly and how they fit together to make the whole. The right brain can process these negative shapes better that the shapes that have names. Everything starts to flow once the shift to the right side of the brain is achieved. Drawing is just seeing and recording faithfully the shapes you see. That’s why it’s sometimes referred to “learning how to see”. After doing a line drawing we transferred the drawing to the back of a painted paper and cut it out. We then glued the shapes onto solid colored paper for these wonderful positive/negative compositions.