Good morning, students. It’s hard to believe that we’re already 3 weeks into the course. I hope that you’re enjoying the lessons thus far. Trust me that the best is yet to come!
The skill and ingenuity present in your homework submissions thus far is impressive, and your passion has inspired The Tutor to expand the scope of this course… so expect some exciting announcements on the horizon!
On the topic of homework: I want to remind those of you submitting videos to attach your files both as “Video Responses” to The Tutor’s lessons on YouTube AND as copy-pasted links within the appropriate lessons here. The Tutor wants your work to get the maximum exposure possible.
Those of you submitting scans or photographs of your artwork, make sure the web links are functional after you’ve posted them. Sometimes breaks in a link occur when a web address is lengthy. In these instances, consider using a free URL-condensing service like TinyURL.com for your submissions. Also: due to privacy settings on social networking sites like Facebook, consider using deviantART or Photobucket to host your images. The Tutor wants your art to be conveniently available to others because it deserves to be seen.
Lastly: The Tutor is pleased to see that many of your submissions incorporate not only visual arts elements, but music, costumes, and videography as well. Your diversity delights The Tutor. That said, if you collaborate with others to bring your projects to life—e.g. shanghai a pal to operate your camera or utilize a popular song as part of your soundtrack—please credit these fine folks alongside your submissions. Even if the Internet doesn’t demand respect for artistic ownership, in this class we will give credit where credit is due. Likewise, if you’re responsible for elements in your submissions that extend beyond the particulars of an assignment (like original music), feel free to list these contributions. The Tutor appreciates artistry of all persuasions.
Note: you do not need to go back and change assignments already turned in, just keep the above points in mind for future submissions. We will grow together as a class, and I will update the “Homework” link above with details as we grow.
Okay, enough with the Red Tape… it’s time to watch Lesson III: Organizing Our Workspace:
Way to go, pupils! Another lesson is in the bag. Your homework assignment is to organize your own creative workspace. How you do this, is up to you. Some artists redesign their workspaces to suit each project; others establish a permanent setup and bend their projects to suit their environment. Your personality will dictate your approach.
Your art station can include as many “tools” as you like, but to complete the remainder of lessons in this course, the following art supplies will need to be collected:
In addition to the materials already outlined in lessons 1 and 2, you will need a couple of flat paintbrushes. I will be using a ½” and a 1” flat brush. If you plan on painting big, you will want to get bigger brushes. If you plan on painting tiny, get smaller ones. All of your paintbrushes should be suited for whatever medium you plan to use (oil paints, watercolors, etc.). My still life will be painted in acrylics.
In terms of paints, black and white will be a bare minimum. For those painting on a budget, a B&W grayscale painting may be the way to go (demerits will never be issued against the economically-challenged in this classroom!). For all others, a basic palette of colors—the sort sold in start-up painter’s kits—will suffice.
You will also need a palette or tray and a couple of jars or cups for paint mixing. If you are using oil-based paints, you will need the appropriate thinners and mediums. The rest of us will use water.
Finally: in the likely event of artistic boo-boos, having an old rag, some paper towels, and an eraser nearby is always a boon.
I think that just about covers it, class. Now go get organized. See you next Tuesday for Lesson IV!