November 10, 2013 Art Camp – Week 1 – Value Studies Posted In: Art and Design

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Art Camp is well under way. It’s a 12-week intensive art study course under Noah Bradley. The first week consists of master studies, which are basically copying works of the great art masters throughout history. Our assignment (we complete as much of it as we can depending on our schedules) consists of doing 50 value/composition studies, 50 color studies, and 3 “finished” color studies. I completed 42 value studies, but this was a busy week for me and I need to move on to the color studies. These are supposed to be quick and dirty, no more than 5 – 10 minutes spent on each.

I’ve already learned a lot from doing these, mostly getting an idea of the amount of stark contrast used. It’s hard to describe, because it’s really something you just have to do to get a sense of what they were thinking when they painted these. I remember from going to school that I only did one, maybe two of these, and it had to be laid out on a grid. I don’t know… I didn’t really learn much or see the point. But I see now that just painting and scribbling a lot of different studies can be highly beneficial. I’ll be posting a lot more of my work from this course in the following weeks.

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