Category Archives: How-To

Tutorials and design exercises.

How To Analyze A Painting – Revisited

In two recent posts, How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 1 and 2, we guided you step by step through the process of evaluating a work of art. The discussion was general in nature. Today … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 2

In the previous post I discussed steps one and two in the process of learning how to make valid critical observations and judgements about works of art. Those steps ask you to slow down and spend some time just looking … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps)

I recently had breakfast at a diner with a couple of close friends who are not artists. In addition to serving delicious omelets the diner also exhibits artwork on its walls. During our breakfast conversation one of my friends asked … Continue reading

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Art Out of Context

I recently came across two unexpected environments in which to view art. This got me thinking about a design exercise for all of you. The parameters are simple: Find a unique place to display art and then create appropriate work. … Continue reading

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Pinterest and the Elements and Principles of Design

As many of you know this blog is an offshoot of our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In addition to this blog we also maintain a Facebook page and a set of Pinterest boards. The book contains real world examples … Continue reading

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New Year To-Do List

This is our final end-of-the-year classic post. It was originally published last January. Hope you enjoy this reprint and we’ll resume posting all new material next week. In the meantime… 5 Things To Do In The New Year It’s the … Continue reading

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The Art of the Map

Happy Holidays to all of you. We will be taking our own holiday but will be back with new content on January 5. This week and next we’ll connect you to some older posts that we think you’ll enjoy. This … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Minimal Cuts

Here is a great beginning design exercise for you to try. When I teach an introduction to two-dimensional design class this is one of the first assignments I give. I usually start with the Synergy exercise I presented in this … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Altered Chairs

I recently came across this calligraphic letter “T” by Marc Andre Robinson. Rather than apply pen to paper Robinson has deconstructed a large assortment of chairs, using their inherent linear elements as the strokes that form the letter. What a … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Pattern (Part 2)

Joyce Kozloff Last week I presented several quick exercises centered on the design principle of pattern. In this new exercise you’ll make use of the patterns you created. To begin, re-read last week’s post and if you haven’t done so … Continue reading

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