I meet many potential learners who won’t enrol on any of my courses or workshops despite having an interest in art. Many of these people believe that they don’t have the skills to be an artist, but what are the skills and attributes that make someone good at art? After many years of teaching art I believe that the best artists have a mixture of skills and attributes and just having one of them is often not enough. I explore some of the key skills and attributes involved…
Temperature and mood are two words that can crop up in art classes, magazines and books but what do these terms mean? These terms are usually used in relation to the use of colour in artwork.
Colours suggest warmth or coolness and this is known as ‘temperature’ which is also used in photography. Yellows, oranges, reds and pinks are considered ‘warm’, green, blues and violets are considered ‘cool’. Warm colours feel happy, bright and vibrant, cooler colours can feel moody, still or distant in artwork.