Why Concentration on Values Is Essential for Becoming a Good Artist

After the first six weeks of taking our drawing and painting classes, whose purpose was to introduce you to the amazing world of art as a beginner, it is only natural to climb up to the next level. While you were taught attention to detail throughout your first classes, during the next, you will gradually learn and master the key principles for creating a three-dimensional work of art on a two-dimensional surface.

If you worry that you will not be able to keep up with the other students during this stage, there should be no cause for concern, as we make sure every student receives the assistance they require to develop the entire range of values in a painting.

The transition from your previous stage to this one will be slow, so slow that you will not even notice that you have to deal with more advanced drawing and painting techniques. When you learn to concentrate on values, you will work mainly from still life, and our teachers will explain and illustrate to you how to translate the forms and volumes of the visual world into flat pieces of value. More specifically, you will build on your prior knowledge that you developed over the first six weeks and learn how to work with vine charcoal on charcoal paper, which will teach you how to apply the most important concepts of three general values.

You will learn how to appreciate and master the values of visual art

If we look at the visual arts in a traditional way, we will see that it has five basic elements: line, color, shape, texture, and space.

While these might be seen as values in fine art, some artists view form as a separate category, which they define as a three-dimensional alternative to shape.

Furthermore, others also mention value in and of itself, described as a parameter that determines the intensity of color and pattern, which concerns repetition. These are the basic units that constitute a visual arrangement, which is ultimately perceived as a whole. By virtue of our intermediate drawing and painting classes that focus on concentrating on value, you will:

  • develop a thorough understanding of two-dimensional ideation and its procedures
  • explore techniques and materials
  • research traditional and contemporary art
  • create visually expressive art by using critical thinking and careful planning

Concentration on values is paramount in becoming a good artist and is a step you cannot skip in your skill development. If the former step focused on seeing things like artists to build a basis for developing your dexterity, this one emphasizes the importance of paying attention to the separate values of a work of art and to the value of a work of art as a whole. Once you learn how to notice and appreciate these values, you will be encouraged to start applying them in your future artworks and pay attention to how they influence how your artwork is perceived. If you feel insecure about your skills, there is no shame in this, as our teachers are here for a reason – to offer you permanent assistance and guidance while you are evolving as a future artist.

Our art teachers will assist you permanently throughout the stage of concentration on values

If you have completed the first six weeks of our art classes, congratulations! You are now most likely ready to go to the next step.

No matter your age, it is never too late to start drawing and painting, and what is perhaps the greatest thing about Martin Fine Art Classes is that we focus on each student individually so as to make sure they acquire the skills necessary to move up during their development as future artists.

Our teachers assist small groups to ensure every person understands what is explained and applies the concept to their artwork.

While concentrating on values may sound intimidating, you will see as soon as this part of your art class begins that it is far from being so daunting. We will teach you everything it is to know about values in artwork in a way you will understand, as we acknowledge that each of our students is unique. Some learn faster, some slower, but this does not matter at our studio, as we teach people between 4 and 90, which speaks volumes about how willing we are to share the wonderful world of artmaking with everyone interested. If you want to sign up for classes, you can easily do so by scheduling a free introductory lesson.