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Drawing the human body can be broken down into a simple process of defining the angles of limbs, using blocking shapes that make up the figure and then rounding shapes by studying the effects of light and shadow. Download our latest lesson and follow along as we demonstrate how to create a human figure based on Benjamin West’s Adonis with his Dogs.
Example artwork: Benjamin West (American, 1738-1820), Adonis with His Dogs, 1800, oil on canvas Museum purchase with funds provided by the Honorable Jefferson Patterson, 1982.3
Although plants and flowers often feature non-geometric shapes that might seem difficult to draw, we can use geometric shapes as our starting point on the journey into a freeform, flower-filled world. This lesson also explores the complex surface decoration on a three-dimensional surface. We’d love to see your work – share your drawings Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and tag us in your post!
Example artwork: Japanese, Wine Bottle with Seasonal Flowers, 1700-1720, Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglazed enamels. Museum purchase with funds provided in part by an anonymous donor, 1982.37
Although plants and flowers often feature non-geometric shapes that might seem difficult to draw, we can use geometric shapes as our starting point on the journey into a free-form, flower-filled world. Download our latest lesson and try your hand at re-creating Florine Stettheimer’s Flowers Number 6. We’d love to see your work – share your drawings Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and tag us in your post!
Example artwork: Florine Stettheimer (American, 1871-1944), Flowers Number 6, around 1915, oil on canvas. Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer. 1965.133
Portrait is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as, “a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.” From group portraits to self-portraits, this artform can be evaluated through many lenses: significance, realism, representation, and convention are just a few. Modern and contemporary portraiture make no exception to capturing expression, personality, and presence.
Example artwork: Alice Neel (American, 1900-1984) John, from the American Portfolio, 1979, lithograph, edition 12/150. Gift of Mr. John Onodi, 1981.66.4
Example artwork: Alexander Helwig Wyant (American, 1836-1892,) Derbyshire Landscape, 1871