Teach 2d Art

Two dimensional art made by the human hand includes drawing, painting and the design aspects of these flat mediums. Charcoal and paint are other two dimensional forms that may be explored. Creating art is self expression and can prove invaluable to all humans. It has been affirmed by neurologists that emotions are closely associated with creativity. This guide will merely be a platform to begin this varied and wide area of study of two dimensional art.


Drawing and Design

1. Instruct students to use a pencil as the basic tool to practice drawing different types of lines. If funds allow, different grades of pencils would greatly expand the experiential aspects of this practice. Allow this doodling with pencils to express emotions such as joy, sadness or fear without using any realistic forms. Use different qualities of lines, such as dark, light, straight and wavy or coiled. This introduction into the art of two dimensions will foster an appreciation of visual art and the skills to produce it. Examples of line manipulation by famous artists include Joan Miro and the cave paintings at Lascaux, France.

2. Direct pupils to practice some design concepts in the next doodle. For this sample, use a different drawing tool. Anything that is readily available will be fine, markers or other pens will be great. It is simply important to experience the feel of various drawing points connecting with the paper. Use a simple plant form as your model. Create a design that has contrast and variety. With design basics, it is also important to consider the balance and unity of the forms. This exercise does not need shading. It is only an arrangement of different shapes. Examples of famous works of art exhibiting these design concepts can be found in the art of Albrecht Durer’s wood engravings or Roy Lichtenstein.

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3. Paint another abstract piece. Do not confine these images however to straight line compositions. Using watercolor or acrylics, paint some areas focusing attention on color and space. Limit these works to three colors. Watch the way the shapes are formed by the paint. Experience is the objective and the process is the only goal. Do not become too attached to the outcome. Use examples from Piet Mondrian and Andy Warhol to illustrate use of paint and design.

4. Explore other areas of 2D art creation by incorporating texture and repetition into your practice. Simply have fun delving into the exploration of creation put down on paper. Probe into art history books or other art references and stay inspired to practice 2D art.