Global Artfest – RESOURCES

Additional Inspirational and Educational Resources

Here are some resources and inspiration to get you ready for the Womensphere Global Artfest! Whether you’re a beginning artist or looking to learn a new medium or technique, these beginner’s guides can get you on your way.


General Resources

How to Compose Your Canvas

As artist Patti Mollica says, “A strong composition is the foundation of a successful painting.” This article has examples from her book giving useful tips for composition that are useful for any 2D medium, from photography to charcoal to oils.

Explore: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-techniques/composition/painting-composition-tips/

How to Compose Your Canvas

As artist Patti Mollica says, “A strong composition is the foundation of a successful painting.” This article has examples from her book giving useful tips for composition that are useful for any 2D medium, from photography to charcoal to oils.

Explore: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-techniques/composition/painting-composition-tips/


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Choosing which of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals you will take on with your STEAMfest project is important and personal. The goals are designed to promote equality while taking care of our planet, and they are interconnected and important for everyone on Earth. From this overview page on the UN’s website, you can click on any goal to learn more about it, with facts and figures, targets, links to more resources, and links to relevant videos and news.

Explore:  https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

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United Nations Data

 Working with global public data is interesting and exciting. The UN has made databases from many of its affiliate organizations available to work with for research, to create data visualizations, or simply to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (and many more issues!) in more detail. Click “Topics” in the UN Data Explorer to find the databases that will interest you most.

Explore: http://data.un.org/Explorer.aspx

Learn a New Medium or Technique

Portraiture

A portrait of an affected person can be a striking way to illustrate an issue. This tutorial walks through drawing a portrait, starting with a basic outline and working into greater detail. You will start with a block-in, which will give you the various proportions and basic line that you need to create your portrait, then shade in the portrait to give it depth and tone.

Explore: https://www.thedrawingsource.com/portrait-drawing-tutorial.html

Egg tempera

Egg tempera is a permanent, fast-drying medium that is one of the oldest painting techniques. It was the primary method of painting until its replacement by oil painting around the 15th century. It is a challenging medium, but can produce extraordinarily beautiful, luminous results, and connecting with your medium by preparing it each day provides interesting perspective. This website provides detailed guides and plenty of information for getting started using this painting technique.


Explore: http://www.temperaworkshop.com/index.htm

Watercolor 

Many artists use watercolor when painting from life, especially when out in nature or on city streets. Watercolor can be difficult to start with, but this artist provides good instructions and a fearless attitude. This guide covers what materials you will need, and what techniques are best used when painting with watercolor.

Explore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg_vJzRLSAI

Tips on Creating Murals

Public art is a great way to draw attention to people and situations society can often overlook. In this video, a graffiti artist gives quick practical and artistic tips on creating murals. Just like painting on smaller scales or doing digital art, mural artists often start with light sketches and lines to divide the canvas. With art this big, there's extra emphasis on planning out how you'll fill your space.

Explore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KxYIscWrVk

Woodcut

Woodcut printing (and printing with other types of blocks, like linoleum) has been used for the creation of prints on a variety of different materials, like paper and cloth, for centuries. It has also been used in social art, like posters, since it's easy to create many copies of an artwork with it. This tutorial introduces you to wood-carving tools as the artist creates a woodblock print of a bird.

Explore: https://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/printmaking-essentials-carve-and-print-your-own-woodblock--craft-5477