Learning to draw and paint

The Dangers of Comparing

I have taught art for many years and realise that it should be a personal journey,  one of the joys of the subject to teach is that nobody’s work is the same.  It is a great shame when learners start comparing their work to others and in many cases it steals all the joy and creativity out of the work, so why do we do it?

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What is a Brush Drawing?

On my courses I teach drawing and painting in distinct blocks of time, so there is five weeks on drawing before moving onto painting.  The problem with this is that it can subconsciously teach learners that drawing and painting are different activities when they are very closely linked to  one another.  Brush ‘drawing’ is one way of communicating to learners that you can ‘draw’ when you paint.  A brush painting is ‘drawing’ with paint or ink and a brush.  A true brush drawing is done in line (that means the paint is not watered down or blended so the line is kept just like a line ‘drawing’.  There is no tonal information in a brush drawing.

A brush ‘drawing’ is drawing with a paintbrush.

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