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In order to draw realistically, observation is necessary. Learning to see is the first teaching approach adopted in order to teach students learning to draw. Shilp teaches students how to see in a different way that eventually becomes a second nature to them. Shapes, form, relationship between shapes, and tonal values are building blocks of drawing that Shilp teaches to ensure learning.
This teaching approach help students learn to draw starting with simple to complicated shapes, create form, and finally add values to create realism.
Every lesson is designed to provide and increase challenge keeping in mind needs of every student. It is this teaching approach that makes learning engaging for students.
Drawing is one the most important mediums amongst all. Students are taught to set up, clean up and proper care of the quality art materials provided. They are taught basic drawing techniques at their level beginning with simple two dimensional shapes to complicated three dimensional forms. Once comfortable with drawing techniques, students then learn to achieve variations of tone.
One of the mediums taught is, watercolors. Students are taught water color techniques including wet in wet, wet in dry and dry brush at their level. They are also taught color theory, and color mixing using color wheel. They are also taught proper care and use of materials.
Students are introduced to both soft and oil pastels at their level and taught to "paint" by drawing. They are taught to achieve three dimensional effect by creating highlights and shadows.
Students are taught Acrylic painting techniques including wash, glazing, layering and dry brush that they use in creating three dimensionality. Proper material handling is stressed to ensure learning.
At advanced level, students are taught to achieve realism using the oldest painting material, oil paints.