For my abstract art class on Skillshare, I've compiled some "stuff to help you."
Here you will find Art Supplies and Resources.
To see how I added my personal stamp to the painting, check out this detailed blog post.
- Acrylic or craft paints, suitable for canvas: Buy the best quality paints you can afford. At the end of the project, you'll be glad you did.
- 3 Paintbrushes: Large, medium, and small sizes. I like to use flat, medium-sized brushes for most work. It's a good idea to keep a couple pointed round small brushes in your arsenal for fine detail work. Click on the guide below for more information.
- 1 square-shaped canvas: double-primed, gallery-wrapped
- Final touches:
- Spray fixative or satin finish. I suggest 2 coats of this spray layer. Now that your paint layers are "fixed," you may apply:
- Gloss Medium or varnish (liquid). I suggest 2 coats of this varnish applied to the canvas.
- Sketchbook, pencil, and sticky notes:
- Record and share your inspirational thoughts, interests, and words. These will help you communicate the emotions and ideas you want to convey in your project.
- Take photos of these and share to your social media accounts and to the Skillshare class project page. On Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #modernartmasters.
I'm right here, on the other end of this crazy thing we call the internet, quietly cheering for you and hoping that you can stay inspired. Please let me know how you are doing!
Below, I've listed some materials (some digital and some not) that can motivate you on your artistic journey.
- Short interview with Helen Mirren speaking on Kandinsky's paintings at the Museum of Modern Art.
- NPR Podcast on the Life and Work of Kandinsky.
- Art Story page on Kandinsky.
- itunes podcasts on Kandinsky's book, written in 1912, Concerning the Spiritual in Art.
- Book on the Bauhaus School. This book is an excellent nonfiction work about many of the major artists of the 20th century.
- The Noisy Paintbox. This children's book explains simply and beautifully how the artist heard colors (synaesthesia).
- Art teacher who made a dress inspired by Kandinsky's "Composition VIII."
More information about the class can be found here.