6 ways into art

People without training will see art on the surface level, and that is fine.

With the development of Art Literacy, you can 'see' art in six discrete ways: 1. Idea, 2. Form , 3. Idiom, 4. Structure, 5. Craft and 6. Surface.

Seeing from the outdside - in.

Let's see how these ways apply to creating a real artwork from the inside - out.

1. Idea

Show the light on a pear ... and on a strawberry.

2. Form

Use an acrylic painting as the medium. You could use a drawing, watercolours, computer graphics, or even make a comic book about the light on a pear!

3. Idiom

Impressionist Still Life.

Idiom equals style. Impressionism is mainly about exploring how light falls on objects, so that is a natural choice. You could choose to portray the subject in a cubist, or an abstract idiom.

4. Structure

This is where we work out the composition. What are the big shapes? How to they relate to each other? Is there perspective? What are the angles, the rhythms?

4. Structure

5. Craft

what are the techniques used to create the work? Where do you start? What are the processes?

5. Craft

6. Surface

The final result. This is what most people 'see' when they look at your artwork. People with training in Art Literacy will see 'beneath the surface'.

6. Surface

Our Art Literacy program will teach you create and appreciate artworks both by applying a structured methodology to the recreation of masterwork paintings.

(Thanks to the artist and scholar Scott McLoud for elucidating the six steps of artistry.)