Bring the WFMA Weekend Workshop home with these introduction into art making lessons.
Share your work of art with #wfmaartstories.
Lesson: Art and Craft
When you think of Arts and Crafts, you may immediately envision pencils, paint, scissors, glue, and other supplies immediately come to mind. At some point in all of our lives we have come in contact with both art and craft, but have you ever considered the relationship between the two?
Craft is defined by technical skill and function, where Art is marked by the exploration of subject matter and meaning. One way to think about this is to imagine a line, with Craft at one end and Art at the other. Every creative thing made by humans will sit somewhere between those two ends. Some closer to Craft while others are closer to Art.
Consider your favorite work of art. Where on this line do you think it sits? Comment below to share your thoughts with us!
Introduction to Pastels
WFMA Weekend Workshops are presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. This series of videos introduces materials and techniques to pursue art making from home.
This video is an introduction to making art with pastels! If you like to create art using pastels be sure to share your masterpieces in the comments below!
Lesson: Why do we make art?
Why do we make Art?
Humans have created art since the Stone Age. Even before developments such as agriculture, trade, written language, and civilization, humanity has been forming and sharing purpose with one another through visual language.
Artists make extraordinary versions of ordinary things, giving form to feelings, ideas, and the unknown. Discovering and creating ways to record stories and experiences, artists reveal the world in new ways so we might better understand and enjoy our surroundings and experiences.
What do you think inspires humanity to create?
Pictured here: Photograph of cave painting by N. Aujoulat, titled “Red Cow & First Chinese Horse,” 2003; Bradshaw Foundation.
Introduction to Watercolor
WFMA Weekend Workshops Online are presented in the tradition of maker spaces. Use them to learn the basics of a new art medium, and then make it your own! This week’s video: WATERCOLOR!
Watch this short video to see basic materials and techniques to start making art with watercolor, wherever you are!
Elements of Art
Line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture make up the Elements of Art, the building blocks from which all art is made.
Understanding the Elements of Art can make it easier to appreciate the art you are surrounded by. Stay tuned for a series of posts exploring each element in depth!
Introduction to Foam Relief Printmaking
WFMA Weekend Workshops Online are presented in the tradition of maker spaces. Use them to learn the basics of a new art medium, and then make it your own. This week’s video: Foam Relief Printmaking!
Watch this short video to see basic materials and techniques to start making prints, wherever you are.
Elements of Art: Line
A Line is a path traced by a moving point. This simple element of art is the foundation from which most art begins. Line can also be used to establish other elements, such as form and value, especially when those lines are placed closely together or cross one another to form areas of dark and light.
As you can see from the zoomed in window, art can be made
entirely from lines. Have you ever tried to create a work of art only using lines? Share your work of art in the comments below or with the hashtag #wfmaartstories
Artwork: Winslow Homer, Saved, 1889, Etching
Introduction to Decoupage
The WFMA Weekend Workshops are presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. In the tradition of maker spaces, learn the basics of a new medium and then make it your own. This week’s lesson is on Decoupage!
Elements of Art: Form
A Form is a three dimensional object with height, width, and depth. In art, form most commonly refers to objects such as sculpture that can be viewed from many angles or ‘in the round.’ Form can also be achieved in two dimensions through the use of shading and perspective to give the illusion of depth.
Artworks shown: (left) Victor Vasarely, “Untitled,” c. 1970, Screenprint; and (right) Tybre Newcomer, “A Rich History,” 2008, Ceramic. From the WFMA Permanent Collection.
Introduction to Gold Leaf
Weekend Workshops Online are presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. In the tradition of maker spaces, learn the basics of a new art medium and then make it your own. This week’s lesson is on gilding surfaces with gold leaf!
Elements of Art: Shape
A Shape is a two dimensional form that occupies an area with identifiable boundaries. This can be achieved in many ways; with line, changes in color, shifts in texture, or even with the use of a new media type. Shapes are distinguished from their surroundings in a relationship referred to as figure and ground, or positive and negative shapes.
Introduction to Cyanotypes
WFMA Weekend Workshops are presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. In the tradition of maker spaces, learn the basics of a new medium and then make it your own. This week’s lesson is about making Cyanotypes, or blue prints!
Elements of Art: Color
Of all the electromagnetic waves moving through our world we can only see the waves of visible light. Light can be broken up into different Colors, helping us to make sense of our surroundings. Artists use Color in different ways to create different effects on those who view their art. The absence of color in art, explored through a grayscale, can help us understand traits such as contrast, saturation, highlights, and shadows but it often compromises our ability to explore the expressive nature of Color.
Please see our Color Theory Challenge posts for more information on the use of Color and different color harmonies. Do you prefer to see art in color, or in black and white?
Artwork Shown: Matthew Muth, Untitled, 1982, Screenprint (left) print matrix (right) WFMA Permanent Collection
Introduction to Screenprinting
WFMA Weekend Workshops Online are presented in the tradition of maker spaces. Use them to learn the basics of a new art medium, and then make it your own! This week’s video: SCREENPRINTING!
Screenprinting is a printmaking method that relies on a stencil to transfer a design onto a new surface. As long as the screen is rinsed after use, it will be able to be reused again and again to produce multiples of the same image.
Elements of Art: Space
Space can refer to both the perception of depth in an artwork as well as the area between figures or subjects. Sculptures employ both closed space and open space, with the latter referring to the area not occupied by the sculpture itself.
Armin Landeck, Rooftop with Abstract Shadows, c. 1945, etching. Permanent Collection of the WFMA.
Principles of Design
Understanding Principles of Design can make it easier to understand the compositional decisions artists make. Experts often disagree on just how many Principles of Design there are, but here are some that are commonly agreed upon.
Proportion and Scale
Unity and Variety
Emphasis and Subordination
Stay tuned for a series of posts exploring each principle in depth!
Introduction to Monotypes
Weekend Workshops Online are presented in the tradition of maker spaces. Learn the basics of a new art medium and then make it your own. This week’s lesson is monotype!
Principles of Design: Emphasis and Subordination
Emphasis draws our attention to specific points or subjects within a work of art, while Subordination allows backgrounds and other objects to recede or fade in importance. The use of focus in photography utilizes these principles. In art this can be achieved with techniques involving color and contrast, implied or actual lines, texture changes, and more to guide our eyes to intended points of interest.
Charles Fuhs used the bricks lining this storm drain to Emphasize the workers standing in the middle ground of this photograph while the worker above is Subordinated by the shroud of mist. How have you seen Emphasis and Subordination used in art? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Artwork shown: Charles A. Fuhs, “Untitled,” c. 1920, Gelatin silver print. WFMA Permanent Collection.
Elements of Art: Texture
The surface quality of a work of art can be used to convey emotions, ideas, and messages. Texture determines how a surface feels. Texture can be physically present and felt, or it can be visual, in which the illusion of texture is used. Texture is present in all forms of art, from the smoothest prints to the roughest sculptures.
In the two Philana Oliphant pieces shown here, how do the textural differences between graphite and ink have an impact on you? Comment below to share your thoughts!
Artworks shown: (left) Philana Oliphant, “November,” 2008, graphite Drawing; and (right) “Aquila,” 2008, linoleum cut print. WFMA Permanent Collection.
Introduction to Polymer Clay
Weekend Workshops are presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. In the tradition of maker spaces, learn a new medium and then make it your own. This week’s lesson will present the basics of working with polymer clay!
Principles of Design: Unity and Variety
Unity is the sense that things belong together. With it an artist can create a cohesive design. Variety strays from that cohesion, creating excitement and keeping our interest.
Striking a balance between Unity and Variety results in engaging compositions that feel controlled without becoming boring.
How do you see Unity and Variety used in these pieces?
Artworks shown by artist Risaburo Kimura, (left) “Rio,” 1923, Screenprint and (right) “Venice,” 1923, Screenprint. WFMA Permanent Collection.
Introduction to Acrylic Paint
WFMA Weekend Workshops are presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. In the tradition of maker spaces, learn the basics of a new medium and then make it your own.
This week’s lesson is on acrylic paint, this flexible and fast drying medium can be used in many different ways, join us to learn more about a few of them!
If you would like to buy your own paint we suggest that you buy the following colors. You can mix almost any that you might need. 👨🎨🖌
– Phthalo Blue
– Napathol Red Light
– Azo Yellow Medium or Diarylide Yellow
– Titanium White
– and Ivory Black
Tips for ‘Reading’ Art
Visual Literacy is the process of reading images to understand meaning from them. This is done regularly as we see signs, interpret body language, watch films, and view art, to name just a few applications.
Like all skills, Visual Literacy is developed through practice. Every Thursday in July, we will be using a step by step process developed by Edmund Burke Feldman to offer helpful tips on approaching and reading art!