When you are ready to create a mosaic art piece, what do you consider first? Is it the materials? The substrates? The designs? It may be all of those things, but before you start, you must consider your design. How would you like to learn some simple and easy to execute techniques for drawing without a model?
In this online course Carol Shelkin takes you step-by-step from how to draw an almost perfect freehand circle, to drawing a complete rose, including different techniques for shading. Carol starts this course with a very in-depth powerpoint presentation discussing composition, art elements, and how to see certain objects as simple shapes. She breaks down all the mystery of how to draw without an image or model in front of you. Once you master this technique, it can be used with portraits, animals, objects in nature, and so much more.
In this course you will learn:
- Definition of composition and how it is applied
- Basic art elements that will enlighten and enhance your mosaic art process
- How to draw an “almost” perfect circle
- How to start to draw a rose
- How to look at the drawing process in lines and shapes
- How to outline your rose
- How to add shading with 5 different techniques
- How to add more depth and dimension with pens
- How to transfer your design to a substrate
Just to clarify: In this course you will not learn how to mosaic a rose. However, this course is a valuable drawing course that will lead you through creating an image for use as a mosaic template.
This is a great course for beginners to use simple techniques while following along with Carol as she draws each line. As you follow the steps with your instructor, you will see a rose drawing evolve and emerge.
Included in this course is a short PDF with Carol’s favorite supplies as well as an image of the rose for download.
Carol Shelkin took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. At seven she started attending Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and it was made clear at this young age that her life would be centered on her passion for art. She continued her artistic direction with studies at Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts and studies in Ravenna, Italy. In time she began to teach and create one-of-a-kind works of art that are displayed in galleries, community centers, libraries, commercial and private, residential settings.
For over 30 years Carol owned a successful arts nursery school, "Carol's House” in Philadelphia, raised her three children along with her husband, JP as she balanced her promise to teach adults at night and work on her personal portfolio in art.
Since 2011, Carol is the owner of Worldwide Mosaic Workshops and Tours taking creatives and art lovers to Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Morocco, Italy and Spain. She is the instructor and tour guide traveling the world, exploring and researching new destinations, and delivering experiences that students will remember for the rest of their lives. Carol also offers other week long and weekend workshops worldwide.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Upper Darby Arts and the prestigious Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship from The Society of American Mosaic Artists honored her with grants and scholarships to create and learn. She is a Founding Member and past President of The Mosaic Society of Philadelphia along with being voted a Master Artisan from The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
Carol finds a very eclectic approach to surface design placing stained glass and other materials where she, as a painter naturally places paint and balances that with her love of being an art teacher.
StartIntro and Personal Interview with Tami and Carol (7:02)
StartPDF for Download. Supplies and Resources
StartDesign and line drawing presentation part 1: A-H Elements of Design (10:58)
StartDesign and line drawing presentation part 2: Contrast in Mosaic Design (4:38)
StartDesign and line drawing presentation part 3: Proportion and Size, Space and Unity (4:05)
StartHow to draw an "almost" perfect freehand circle (2:30)
StartDraw a simple shape (2:34)
StartDrawing simple lines and directions (5:06)
StartSeeing the light and dark areas (3:31)
StartStarting to draw a rose (6:47)
StartAdding more lines and curves to the rose drawing (6:27)
StartGoing deeper into rose details (11:57)
StartAdding pen to the line drawing (5:17)
Start5 techniques for shading (10:07)
StartHow shading creates dimension and form (7:51)
StartCross hatching with pen to create shadows and highlights (5:54)
StartDemo tracing rose on to a substrate (5:15)
StartWrap up and thank you (1:00)