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30th of May – the beginning of an online art course

May 30th, 2013 at 23:50

I’ve enrolled into an online art class (MOOC) with coursera.org. The course is an introduction to art (concepts and techniques) and is run by Penn State University with Anna Divinsky. I am really looking forward to doing this course because except for the art classes I had in high school 30 years ago I never had any formal training or tuition.

The first assignment is to create a piece of art that reflects you or your interests and you’re then to submit the piece and a bit of info about both the piece of work and yourself to the course community. So today I spent a good bit of time looking at the forums and I also watched the first couple of excellent video lectures.
In one of the video lectures Anna Divinsky demonstrates the colour wheel and uses a palette knife to mix acrylic paint. I have had a set of palette knives for two years now and haven’t used them up until this day. So I rummaged through my cabinet for them, found the acrylic in the same box and some paper and just mixed and started to apply the paint to the paper with the knife. I’m really interested in creating some texture with paint and, well, it was an experience. I enjoyed it.

it’s about 12×12 inches and the paint was still wet when I took the photograph

Painting with texture is something I’m interested in but I don’t think the above will be the piece I want to submit as my ‘entry’ for the first assignment.

I’ve been thinking a good bit about this course for the last couple of days. I am very much looking forward to doing it for many reasons (some of which I mentioned above). Just watching the introductory videos I’ve learnt loads about pastels, charcoal, graphite, water colours. I will try out all the little tricks and techniques she demonstrated. I’m sure it will be fun and extremely enriching and useful.

However, the more I think about it I come to realise I really want to get back to working three dimensional. I have a big block of wood and and a chainsaw outside. I also have a bucket full of clay from my old garden that I’d like to use for sculpturing. Those two are really attractive to me, something completely new. And they both reflect who I am what i do every day, a gardener living in the countryside who works the soil and chops/chainsaws wood most days.

I’m not sure what I will submit for this first assignment but I’ll blog about it here, once I get it done.

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2 Responses to “30th of May – the beginning of an online art course”

  1. Michelle V. Alkerton Says:

    Thanks so much for this post and sharing the information about the course. I’ve just signed up!
    Stay inspired!

  2. forward tumble Says:

    hey Michelle

    thank you for your comment. I’m an thrilled to read you signed on to do this course as well. I posted my first assignment to the board (as required) but there are so many of us that I know it will be nearly impossible to track individuals and what they are doing. i hope you share your work on your blog as well. Looking forward to see how you get on. And yes, stay inspired!!

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