Theme 1 Realism (with a hint of Expressionism)

Realism in art is a style that seeks to portray subjects in a true-to-life manner, emphasizing precision and attention to detail. It is characterized by an accurate representation of visual reality, capturing the nuances of light, shadow, and form. In the realm of sketching with pencils, artists delve into the intricacies of shading, hatching, and contouring to bring subjects to life on paper. This style demands a keen observation of the world, requiring artists to hone their skills in replicating the subtleties of textures and proportions. Moving into the realm of oil pastel crayons, realism takes on vibrant hues and a tactile quality. Artists use these rich and blendable colors to render realistic scenes with a touch of warmth and depth. Whether capturing the fine lines of a portrait or the intricate details of a still life, realism encourages artists to explore the beauty of the everyday world through meticulous rendering and careful use of color.

1). Artists. Visit the artist pages and take a gander at the work they've produced. Exposing yourself to the work of capable artists can give you an idea of the direction you want to take.

2). Methodology. Go through and complete all the simple drawing tasks described under each heading for the class. These small projects serve as a primer for undertaking a larger more serious work.

3). Videos. Use the movies to watch tutorials on techniques.




Sixteen Pencil Drawing Techniques Introduction to Oil Pastels
Five Rules of Drawing Drawing Depth and Distance
Explore the Basics of Drawing Blended Color Tree Assignment
Drawing Everyday Objects Drawing Pretty Flowers using Pastels
Assignment 1: Realistic Object Study Assignment 4: Vibrant Landscape
Assignment 2: Realistic Study of Non-Dominant Hand Assignment 5: Expressive Portraiture
Assignment 3: Realistic Study of the Human Figure Assignment 6: Still Life with Texture
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Pastel Videos: How to Use Oil Pastels for Beginners