Attending an invisible school is challenging. It is up to the student to discover the curriculum, intuit assignments, and chart one’s own progress. Most of the professors are imaginary, yet stricter than you’d expect. One of the biggest challenges for me was to keep remembering that I was an ISAWIT student. Finding my classrooms was also hard… Theo Ellsworth, artist
Several years ago I ran across this description of the struggle in being a self-taught artist. It is so accurate! I thought of this invisible school when I had my recent idea….
I’m going to be doing some studying, learning, writing, designing a class for myself really, about the elements of art.
I have been working as an artist in total ignorance.
I began as an artist knowing absolutely nothings, nada, about the elements of art. I rather jumped into the deep end of the pool and learned to swim. No one taught me. Luckily I had a knack or aptitude and thus didn’t drown, aka: quit.
But I feel the lack. And I think this is holding me back. I’m finding that when I take art classes, like Watts Atelier, they rather assume you at least have a grasp of the basics. Uhm, not me. I have taken a don’t confuse me with the (what I was sure were inessential) details attitude.
I thought it would be very good for me to at least review these basic elements of art. So maybe I can grasp what other artists (yes, “real” artists) are talking about.
Just how many elements of art are there? Most agree there are 7, and all agree on those 7. A few list 8 elements of art, but they don’t agree on what that 8th one is.
In the video above the first 7 are the ones all agree on:
I lean towards 8 elements, but I’m not sure I agree on ‘type’ as the 8th element (as in the video above), or on ‘pattern’ as the 8th which I’ve seen, or with ‘tone’ as the 8th either.
I feel the 8th element is: Light
After all light is how we see – and art is all about the visual. Perhaps many include light in the color category or in the tone category – but I believe that both color and tone come from light – even pattern sometimes when you think about it.
And I’m going to share it all here – because this is how I learn – in sharing. I’m calling it L’Invisible Atelier.
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