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An essential ingredient of any art course is the artwork you produce.


Most art courses these days place a lot of emphasis on your research and supporting information, which is valuable. But, what if you could really paint and draw? What if you could blow people away (including examiners) with great paintings or drawings? Surely this is much closer to the reason most people do art courses in the first place – so they can make great art.


The first step to being able to really paint and really draw is to thoroughly learn the basics.


How do you achieve the exact colours you need in a painting?


How do you use a brush to make the paint do exactly what you want?


What are the different stages of making a painting?


How do I draw things in proportion?


How do I use light and dark to make effective drawings?


All of these things can be learned. Many people who have been drawing and painting for years have serious gaps in these foundations which hold down the quality of their work.


Concepts and emotions are great, but unless you have a good grip of the basic techniques you are going to be limited in the extent to which you can express them...

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