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Good Beginner Exercises for Nature Drawing

One of the best ways to preserve your experiences out in nature is to keep a journal with drawings and accompanying writings that record your adventures. Such a practice can do much to hone your overall drawing ability, as well. Some of the most vibrant scenes that may be captured exist out in the wild, but we need to develop quick eyes and hands lest they escape us. Such skills, however, can be developed with some simple exercises that each only require a few minutes per sitting. These...
12 Ideas for Teaching Your Child the Joy of Coloring

Painting, drawing, and coloring are more that just ways for a child to while away empty hours. These arts greatly enhance the growth of cognitive, emotional, and psychomotor pathways in children. Parents should introduce children to coloring as early as possible and consider this time spent as fundamental to their development. Here are 12 great ideas for teaching your child the joy of creating with color. Computer coloring: Pages abound on the internet that allow a child to click on a palette...
Learning the Art of Chinese Calligraphy

An Old World Art Form Chinese Calligraphy, known as "Shu Fa" in Chinese, is an appreciated art form throughout the world. We see it everywhere--from stone inscriptions to clothing. Character techniques in Chinese Calligraphy were refined throughout China's history and experienced changes as China went through many different social and economic changes. This ancient form of calligraphy was used as a form of self-expression, but also to show a disciplined understanding of the form and technique....
Inspiring Artistic Creativity

by Megan Sterling Creating art work is a lifelong passion. Inspiration is essential in order to sustain a flow of ideas for painting, drawing, and sketches. There are times when new ideas do not seem to come of their own accord, and repetition sets in within the themes or style of art work. The practices that follow will refresh thought processes, generate images within the imagination, and suggest new creative projects. Altering your ordinary driving route around town will bring new ideas to...
How to Draw Even if You'll Never Be Leonardo Da Vinci

Do you have the will, but not the skills to draw? Everyone has to start at the beginning, so don't be put off by the fact you're not great at drawing yet. Even if you're a stick figure artist at present, you can improve given enough time. Further, learning how to draw will also be fun if you shake off tension and allow yourself to play. Here's how to draw, despite not sharing much in common with Leonardo. Learn to see Whether you want to draw pictures that stem from real life or your...
How to Draw a Bungalow House Plan

A bungalow house is a style of home popular throughout the 20th century characterized by open floor plans, low-pitched roofs, and big front porches. This style of home is associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century and examples are especially prevalent along the west coast. Bungalows typically have deep eaves with exposed rafters, decorative knee braces, built-in cabinetry, and dormers. You can draw your own bungalow house plan at home for fun. Study...