How to develop your ideas in an Art project

If you are told that your work must show development, your teacher is telling you that your work must change a little (both in use of media and composition) from one piece to the next. In other words, an A Level Art Coursework portfolio must tell a visual story: with a starting point, a conclusion, and a journey in between. It is not acceptable, for example, to show the same things drawn or painted from different angles over and over again, or to execute the same composition first in pastel, then in paint, then in charcoal and so on…or to submit paintings of many different items that have no visual or thematic connection to each other.

‘Development’ means systematically working towards better artwork: trialing, refining and exploring compositional devices and technique, demonstrating to the examiners that you have gone through a learning process and arrived at a successful final piece.

As an example, the following process was undertaken by my A Level Painting students (this process could be easily modified for Graphic Design, Photography or Sculpture) during the course of the year:

Complete 4-10 drawings of your chosen topic in your A Level Art Sketchbook,

Line Drawing: A Guide for Art Students

When we first picked up a pen or pencil and started making marks on paper, we began with line. Whether self-taught, through trial and error, or guided by others, we learned how line defines form, creates structure, divides a frame, traces contour, creates tonal variation (cross-hatching, for example) and leads the eye from one part of a work to another. Initially a mechanism for getting outlines onto paper – identifying edges – we begin to applaud lines for their own merit: celebrate their presence…whether a quiet flick of charcoal on paper or a streak of graphite.

This article contains exercises for Art students who wish to produce contour line drawings, cross contour drawings, blind drawings and other types of line drawings. It is a teaching aid for high school Art students and includes classroom activities, a free downloadable PDF worksheet and inspirational artist drawings.

Blind Contour Drawing

Definition: A blind contour drawing contains lines that are drawn without ever looking at the piece of paper. This forces you to study a scene closely, observing every shape and edge with your eyes, as your hand mimics these on paper. The aim is not

How to make an art portfolio for college

What should be in an art school application portfolio? How do you present a portfolio? What gives you the best chance of being accepted by the art school of your dreams? This article explains how to make an art portfolio for college or university and is packed with tips from leading art and design school admissions staff from around the world. It is written for those who are in the process of creating an application portfolio for a foundation course, certificate, associate or undergraduate degree and contains advice for specific art-related areas, such as Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Animation, Game Design, Film and other creative, visual art-based courses. It is presented along with art and design portfolio examples from students who have recently gained acceptance to a range of art schools from around the world, creating a 9,000 word document that helps guide you through the application process.

What is an art school application portfolio?

In addition to meeting academic requirements, Art and Design Schools, Universities and Colleges typically require a practical art portfolio as part of the application process (this is often accompanied

Are You on the Light Side or Dark Side of Drawing?

Which Drawing “Camp” Do You Belong?

If you use the phrases “dark side” or “light side” in casual conversation, people may think you’re making a Star Wars referenceBut if you’re among artists, the phrase may mean something else entirely.

I sometimes think of drawings as belonging to two camps: light and dark. It’s a question of whether a work is more governed by light or dark tones and whether the drawing tries to bowl you over or to hold your hand and calmly pull you into its world.

Sometimes one side dominates the other; other times the balance is more subtle. Below you can see a few drawings I think fall on one side or the other—it shouldn’t be hard to guess which is which.

Folks who clearly fall in the “dark” camp might include scratchboard artists who begin with a pitch-black surface, which often remains a commanding force in the finished image. A dark artist might also start with a white page but fill it with broad swathes of intense charcoal strokes, producing dramatic chiaroscuro effects.

Artists on the “light side” might use a gentler touch, for instance using a hard, light graphite pencil on

Things to See in New York This Week

“MSHR: Convolution Weave~Lattice Domain” in Times Square
The latest offering from Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts‘ ongoing monthly digital art exhibition that takes over electronic billboards for three minutes at the end of each day is Convolution Weave~Lattice Domain, from art collective MSHR and Upfor Gallery of Portland, Oregon. Envisioned as a “highly aestheticized, psychedelic version of the type of sensory overload” tourists encounter at the so-called crossroads of the world, Convolutiondepicts virtual sculptures that are sometimes realistic, sometimes obviously virtual, changing color as they spin through space.

 “Claudia Alvarez: Huertas (Orchards)” at El Museo del Barrio
Mexican-American artist Claudia Alvarez will be working live on-site at El Museo’s Las Galerías on her proposed project “Huertas (Orchards),” which draws on the Mexican tradition of devotional retablo paintings of Catholic saints, typically made by untrained artists on tin panels. “In contrast to the [retablo’s] religious emphasis,” writes Alravez on the museum website, “my project will address social and ethical issues ranging from human rights and environmental concerns to the plight of the poor and injustices toward women and children.”

 “Under-Song for a Cypher: An Evening of Readings Selected by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye” at the New Museum
The New Museum is hosting a night of readings to celebrate artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye‘s current exhibition “Under-Song For

An OJ Simpson Museum Coming to LA

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Monday, July 31.


Art’s Role in High-End Real Estate Deals – Developers are commissioning high-end art for the lobbies of New York City condominiums in a bid to make properties more appealing. Examples include a 20-foot-tall, nearly 40-ton Anish Kapoor to be installed at 56 Leonard in Manhattan and an installation by Hellbent at 50 Greenpoint in Brooklyn. (New York Times)

OJ Simpson Museum Comes to LA – On August 18, Coagula Curatorial will open a five-day pop-up “OJ Simpson Museum” in LA’s Chinatown. It will present items ranging from t-shirts sold on the streets of LA during his trial to paintings inspired by the football star. Naturally, a white Bronco will be parked outside. (Los Angeles Times)

Annie Leibovitz Collection Saga Continues – A Canadian government panel has declined to certify a full collection of 2,070 photos by the photographer as culturally significant. The museum that owns them, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, was allegedly seeking the accreditation for tax purposes. (NYT)

Street Artists Revive Bulgarian Village – Young Polish artists have installed large outdoor murals

Plans to Relive New York’s Most Famous Art Museum

Located in verdigris-topped neoclassical building in Audubon Terrace, a stately if often desolate cultural precinct all the way up on West 155th Street, the Hispanic Society of America is a repository of Spanish and Latin American art that is unrivaled in the United States, and by few institutions elsewhere. However, the greatness of its collection—which includes masterpieces by Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco, along with roughly 750,000 other works—is inversely proportionate to its foot traffic. Hampered by a gloomy setting desperately in need of modern amenities, and a mousey reputation among the city’s more glittering museums, it has long been in need of some Cinderella-style perking up.

For two years now, the man charged with fitting a glass slipper to this museological foot has been Philippe de Montebello, the 81-year-old former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An elegant continental in tailored suits to match his noble lineage, de Montebello—who speaks fluent Spanish as well as German, Russian, French, and Italian—has been setting in motion a $15 million renovation campaign to bring the Hispanic Society into the 21st century. While this is underway (to be completed in 2019 at earliest, and likely years later),

World’s Largest Mural Painting Plan on the Trump Border Wall

The largest outdoor mural in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is at the Pueblo Levee, in Colorado, and it measures two miles long and 58 feet tall. That record would be blown away by a mural that Mexican artist Enrique Chiu wants to paint.

The artist is hoping to create a work that stretches the entire length of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall along the US-Mexico border, which is nearly 2,000 miles in length. The mural would be an extension of his current project decorating the existing border wall, which he started at his home in Tijuana.

“The wall is rusty and dirty,” Chiu said in a phone interview. “They never do maintenance. I wanted to beautify it to give something back to the community.”

Chiu is creating the artwork along with visitors from around the world—2,300 and counting—many of whom heard about the project from a Univision segment. Long before that, the “Mural of Brotherhood” started with an invitation from a group called Border’s Angels, which helps people emigrating to the US, to create a small mural.

Enrique Chiu’s border wall mural. Photo courtesy the artist.

A similar invite came

How Marinella Senatore Is Taking Social-Practice Art to New Heights

Marinella Senatore is full of energy. In a conversation over Skype, she speaks a mile a minute with righteous enthusiasm, full of joy and excitement. Her demeanor is friendly, sweet, and welcoming. Above all her spirit is contagious. You can’t help but be immediately taken by her kinetic vigor—and all this just from hearing her voice mediated via the Internet.

This, of course, comes as no surprise, for Senatore has made a career of doing just that: inspiring large groups of people with her moxie and drive to participate in her large-scale social engagements.

The artist, who is not very well known in the US, has for the better part of a decade traveled Europe and the rest of world working with small communities to create public performances, dance pieces, films, plays, and photographic projects.

Most recently, in 2016, the artist and more than 200 participants presented Modica Street Musical: The Present, the Past, and the Possible. The two-act performance that took place in the public plazas of the Sicilian town of Modica saw participants engage in dance, music, and acting to reflect on the culture and history of the site.

Additionally, for the opening of her retrospective at the Queens

Royce Fanciest in the Market Now Comes With Your Own Art Gallery

Love both cars and art? Get a load of the new model of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’s flagship limousine, the Phantom, which features a dashboard designed to display your favorite artwork. The luxury car manufacturer will collaborate with the artist of your choice to design a piece to the proper dimensions.

“Patrons are now invited to commission artworks for their own personal gallery within Phantom, in essence, bringing art, within art,” said company CEO Torsten Müller Ötvös in a statement. The artworks will be embedded behind a specially designed glass panel in the dashboard.

The vehicle, priced at a hefty $520,000, has been redesigned and re-engineered, allowing for more personalization options. Unlike all previous Rolls-Royce vehicles, which have been designed and engineered on platforms from owner BMW, the new Phantom, unveiled July 27, will be built on an in-house aluminum platform from the UK automaker.

It’s the first new Phantom in 14 years, and the second to be launched since the company’s acquisition by BMW, finalized in 2003. The German automaker has shown a consistent interest in the arts in recent years, funding an artist residency program of sorts called the BMW Art Journey, and designing an annual BMW Art Car.


Art Industry News: Jerry Saltz Gives MoMA’s New Building His Blessing


Six Former Officials Sentenced in South Korea for Blacklisting Artists – Months after the ouster of President Park Geun-hye, six former members of her administration have been sentenced to prison for blacklisting thousands of artists due to their political beliefs. (Artforum)

Critic Jerry Saltz Weighs In on MoMA’s Expansion – The critic, who expressed strong opposition to the expansion’s initial design, changes his tune after seeing phase one in the flesh. He writes: “This next version of the museum is going to be the best version we’ll get for a while.” (New York Magazine)

What’s Inside Ivanka’s Art Collection? – Following Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s recent disclosure of the value of their art collection, the Guardian takes a look at what’s in it. Her walls are filled with “rebellious ‘bro art’ that first became in vogue with tough-talking Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s.” (Guardian)

Kindred Arts to Restage Historic Civil Rights Protest – To mark the 100thanniversary of the Silent Parade, which was originally organized by W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP to fight racial discrimination, the arts group Kindred Arts will restage the march in New York City today. (The Art Newspaper)


Christie’s Appoints New Asian Art

Donald Trump’s Drawing of the New York City Skyline Just Sold for $29,184 at Auction

He’s had careers in real estate, reality TV, politics, and now art. A drawing of the Manhattan skyline by President Donald Trump sold at auction for $29,184 on Thursday night.

According to Los Angeles-based auction house Nate D. Sanders, the work was created by the president for a charity auction promoting worldwide literacy in 2005 and was consigned to the auction house by the winner of the original charity event. The charity auction also included works by fellow Republican John McCain, and former Democrat Senator Joseph Lieberman, as well as actors Charlize Theron and Benicio Del Toro.

The sketch is drawn on a large envelope made of a stock type of paper, and according to Michael Kirk of Nate D. Sanders auctioneers, there are only two other known variants of the drawing. The variants “feature the same skyline with slight variations,” making it an extremely rare example of presidential memorabilia. On Thursday night, there were 11 bids for the drawing, starting at $9,000.

“It’s a piece of art from a U.S. President, so it’s attracted interest from not just Trump followers, but also presidential memorabilia collectors,” Kirk told artnet News in an email. “It’s received

Antony Gormley to Curate London Exhibition of Works by Prisoner

The British artist Antony Gormley has been announced as the curator of the 10th Annual Koestler Trust Exhibition, which will feature artworks made by prisoner-artists. Titled “Inside,” the show is slated to open in September at London’s Southbank Center.

The Turner Prize-winning sculptor is in good company: curators of previous iterations include Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, and Sarah Lucas. The three artists worked with the prison arts charity to select and showcase pieces created by detainees of UK’s prisons, secure facilities such as hospitals and immigration removal centers, and by ex-offenders who have re-joined the community.

“I want to celebrate this great resource: the imaginations of the 85,000 prisoners currently in UK prisons and those in secure establishments,” Gormley said in a statement. “Art is a place in which you can do what you like; it need not be for or about anyone else but the artist. In the words of one prisoner, ‘in our minds we can always be free’. I want this work to say something to all of us outside about what it feels like to be a detainee, inside.”

Fiona Curran, director of arts at the Koestler Trust, told artnet News: “We approached Antony to curate the show because

Markus Lüpertz Gets Permission to Paint Controversial Subway Murals Drawn From the Bible

The artist Markus Lüpertz has won a commission to create a multipart mural depicting the story of Genesis in the subway stations of the German town of Karlsruhe. After months of heated debate, the city council gave the project the green light on Tuesday. But not everyone is pleased with the decision.

Anton Goll, a former ceramics manufacturing executive, campaigned to have the artist transform advertising spaces in the city’s seven underground stations into a series of large-tiled ceramic mosaics presenting the creation story.

The stations—which are currently under construction—are scheduled to be finished in four years. Goll has said that the privately financed project has already raised half of the estimated €1 million ($1.1 million) budget from donors and sponsors, according to the German press agency DPA.

Karlsruhe’s mayor called the proposal “highly interesting” and said the public artworks “could be an image gain” for Karlsruhe. But several residents have raised concerns over the public presentation of religious imagery, which they say is incongruous with a secular, multiethnic society.

In an open letter published on Tuesday, Peter Weibel, the director of Karlsruhe’s Center for Art and Media (ZKM), said that the “ceramic church art” would be bad

Do This To Achieve Realistic Eyes in Your Portrait Paintings

Portrait Art That Is Realistic and Compelling Starts Here

Have you ever paid attention to how body language expresses an unspoken language? It’s fascinating how even minor movements can send a message of tension, flirtation, or annoyance. While some of this comes from subtle hand gestures or posture, much of it comes from the “windows to the soul”–the eyes.

Think Like a Sculptor

Try this exercise in thinking like a sculptor from portrait artist Luana Luconi Winner. Start by considering your work in terms of planes. Imagine starting with a large mass and carving away everything that doesn’t relate to the shape of the head. Then carve the largest planes into this head-shape, indicating where the form sits in the shadow. The cavities of the eye sockets, nostrils, ears, and corners of the mouth should be deep enough to maintain the shadow and yet describe the most general of shapes. Next, chip away the smaller planes, indicating more subtle changes of planar direction. These planes create movements of form in the mid-values. The final touches help activate highlights.

Paint Like a Sculptor

When you paint like a sculptor, you go from the general

Reasons You’ll Want to Try STABILO Right Now

1. It’s Freeing

STABILO’s campaign for 2017 is “Free Your True Colors.” The campaign’s name is a call out to how can we be the most colorful, best version of ourselves, expressed through creativity and color.

Check out this Flippists video where he animates a colorful transformation in the Free Your True Colors spirit!

2. It’s Colorful

Their Point 88 Fineliners are available in more than 40 vibrant colors, making them one of the most colorful fineliner brands on the market. Here is a demonstration on how to create a beautiful butterfly using these handy tools!

3. It’s Flexible

Their CarbOthello Pastel pencils are incredibly blendable due to their chalky pigments. They can also be used like watercolor pencils because they respond instantly to a wet brush or predampened paper. Check out the video below for some fun tips and tricks for using CarbOthello.

4. It’s Creative

If you want another creative art tool to add to your arsenal then you should check out Pen 68, which can also be used as a watercolor. Just grab your waterbrush and give it a try!

5. It’s Old School (But Up

New York Museum Needs Diversification.

When the City of New York released its first comprehensive “cultural plan”earlier this month, one element in particular stood out. In order to continue receiving city money, art institutions will have to put forth concrete plans to increase diversity and inclusion among their staff and board members.

It’s no small sum. During the fiscal year of 2017, the Department of Cultural Affairs gave over $170 million to more than 900 organizations—$20 million more than the National Endowment for the Arts’s entire budget.

At the press conference unveiling the plan on July 20, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that diversity “will be a factor in funding decisions by the city” because “we believe in fairness”—language that sounds potentially foreboding. The plan itself, however, is actually quite general. And Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl has stressed the plan is a “vision document” for which specifics will be hashed out only over the coming years.

What, then, does the new initiative actually mean, practically, for New York cultural institutions trying to navigate it here and now?

If you’re a museum whose leadership doesn’t yet represent the city’s breadth—from racial and ethnic groups and diversity of physical abilities to gender

This is Project One Summer DIY

The Perfect Summer DIY Menu in Just 8 Steps

Butcher paper is a really flexible medium that comes in a few different colors to suit different occasions. For this classic white menu variation, I combined cursive lettering and lowercase italic serifs to create an elegant and minimalistic menu.

In our home, we absolutely love having friends over for dinner. Every week, we have a family dinner at our house where the goal is to make others feel loved and welcome.

Decorative elements like a butcher paper menu can easily add an extra handmade touch to whatever event you’re hosting, making your guests feel that much more special.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Butcher paper or kraft paper roll (and roll holder)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Permanent marker, black
  • Straightedge (optional)

Step 1: DIY menu on butcher paper

Begin creating your butcher paper menu by rolling out your butcher paper to the length you plan to use. Then, create your title “MENU” (or whatever title you desire) on the top in simple, tall sans serif letters. You can enclose the title with a box or other decorative element if you like.


Can’t Draw? Take Your First Steps Right Now!

Beginner Drawings: Your Pencil, Your Paper and Your Stance

Learning how to draw? It is as simple as popping open your sketchbook to the first page and getting started with learning how to hold your pencil, position your paper and stand, as well as discovering things to draw as beginners.

1. Your Pencil Grip

Gripping your pencil for writing allows you to create tight, controlled marks. These are ideal for when you want to add details to a drawing or are working in a small area.

An overhand grip is when the pencil is held between thumb and index finger, with the middle finger supporting and the rest of the fingers resting on your paper. This grip allows for a broader range of strokes, which are lighter and wider if you are using the side of the pencil; and darker and thinner if you are using the tip of the pencil.

You can have your paper on a horizontal surface, ideal for the writer’s grip, or vertical or on a slight incline when using the overhand grip.

2. Your Stance

Standing or sitting, you always want to have good posture and

Three-Step Watercolor Value Study

It Can’t Get Much Easier Than This

Lately I’ve been filled with impatience. I’m on a short fuse when dealing with everything from friendships to traffic to stubborn pots of water at dinnertime (can’t you boil any faster?!). One person I am not impatient with is artist Andy Evansen. He’s given me, and therefore you because I share like that, a three-step value study to remove the guesswork—and white outlines—from my watercolor painting process. Finally, someone who understands my need for speed.

Light, Middle, Dark

Through trial and error, you may have already found that the best way to lose detail and paint more loosely is to squint at a scene and view it as three distinct values: light, middle and dark. These three divisions of light are what a value study is all about.

Step 1

Drawing from the reference photo, begin by blocking in the larger shapes. Because it’s a study, it doesn’t have to be perfect. I actually recommend doing several block-in sketches to warm up because the three-step value study can go by fast so if you have several sketches, you’ll experience that much more by repeating the process.

Step 2