What is Reproduction Art?
At initial stages children or adults start their Drawing journey by copying others Artworks. That can be line Drawings, sketches or Paintings of other artists, which a beginner tries to reproduce as it is , hence we call it as Reproduction Art.
And it is easy to copy a 2D drawing of other Artists than to create Art from 3D live models or objects or from Nature. It is not easy to create our own original Art from our memory. So children / we begin to Draw by copying others drawings / paintings and try to reproduce the same as it is, which we call Reproduction Art.
What is Representational Art? or Figurative Art?
The Visual art that represents the aspects of reality, in an obvious way not Abstract, unlike reproduction Art , the Artist is capable of creating Art from models and from Nature. Representational Art is not the work of copying from other Artist’s works.
What is non-representational Art or abstract Art?.
It is a way of painting in non-appropriate colors and non-definite forms or shapes deviating from reality.
For example If an Artist paints a landscape or a still life or human face as real as we all see in the real world, it is a representational or figurative Art. His Art will be representing the same colors and forms of the reality what we can see around. It is a photographic style or also termed as photorealism
The most well known of all Art students who learned by reproduction was
the Great master Painter Leonardo da vinci who painted the famous Mona lisa.
How do children get the habit of copying than creating ?
If A child is capable of reproducing an Art copying from others Artworks and able to get close resemblance to the original art, that child gets parents and others appreciation. Most parents appreciate children mainly for producing Art that resembles the original Art. if the children Art does not match with the original art they start giving advice on how to improvise on the shape the anatomy and so on , The child tries to replicate the original Art as it is, and loses interest to work creatively. as the child gets appreciation only for good reproduction art, he /she starts working on improving the copying skills.
(Commonly the Art of realism is more easily appreciated). This taste of recognition makes them involve more in copying, hardly allowing them to think beyond the routine and to be imaginative or creative.
How to help children to make original and creative Art ?
By breaking the habit of copying and allowing children to explore. Encouraging their exploration ( though the results or not satisfying to parents expectation ) will help children to make original Art.
Is it wrong to copy others Art ?
Drawing by Copying (or reproducing other’s Artworks as it is ) is part of the syllabus in visual art education.
Does learning representational Art hinders creativity ?
It helps in developing visual memory and sketching fluency . Unless we store these images or drawings in our visual memory bank , we cannot recreate our original Art on our own. So it is essential to copy others Art at initial stages to understand the simplified techniques of the other Artists. While as an Art student all great painters studied or copied from the nature or from their teachers or mentors.
Is that help children to develop Art techniques ?
As we draw by copying others Artworks we learn the basic sketching and optical measuring techniques and also develop visual memory ,good hand control, EYE , HAND AND MIND co-ordination.
Is figurative Art is drawing human and animal figures ?
Figurative art is not synonymous with figure painting (art that represents the human figure), although human and animal figures are frequent subjects of figurative Art along with others.
Many parents ask How can copying others Art works help me in developing drawing or painting skills
Later we start pondering, are we satisfied with copy drawing & imitating others art or just painting from nature as it is. (which is representational Art ).
Having developed Good hand control over sketching and painting can we consider ourselves as Creative Artists ?
As we explore the Art World more and more, We can understand still there are lots more to learn. At certain stage after working with different mediums we come to know that we are also interested in creating our own style of original artworks / Paintings, Abstract Art works, Cartoons, Creative Designs, Greeting cards, paper sculptures, installations and many more which gives us immense satisfaction.
About creating original art works will be discussed soon after sharing about how copying techniques helps.
Now the essential Question is to know how copying a drawing helps in child’s Artistic development ?
While copying any others art work or even Drawing from Nature we start keenly observing, this enhances the Perceiving ability ( we start noticing many shades and tones in our own Hands colour, we start seeing many SHADES OF GREENS IN LEAVES and we observe the outline form (CONTOUR), color and texture of each object we see, ). Naturally we develop sharp focus and enhanced visual memory & aesthetic sense. Copying Art definitely helps in developing Focus & concentration leading us to better drawing and coloring skills.
Exceptionally some children or Art lovers try to experiment with their own ideas & create unique art piece for which they may grab less attention, because the first creation may not be appealing to the viewers interest. And it always takes time for the mind to accept the new.
Some parents are open to accept children art as it is, even though it is visually appealing or not and they also encourage them to create original Art along with copying. At Kenfortes , students are guided to do both. Initially techniques are given to develop the drawing and painting skills and later projects are given to develop creative thinking & visualize ideas to create original paintings (CREATIVE THINKING INVOLVES – THINKING IN VISUALS & COMPOSING IMAGES MENTALLY ALONG A CONCEPT )
Everyday things around us normally don’t draw our attention. We tend to gloss over the things that we see. However, before we try to reproduce any other art or an image, we begin to observe the painting/ image in a different way altogether.
This simple act of observation helps to DEVELOP FOCUS , ATTENTION SPAN and AESTHETIC SENSE.
The first step in visual Arts is observing the world without any imposed ideas, which helps the art student to register the pictures in his memory screen clearly. After observation process is over our Mind will start to formulate how to draw, There our mind simplifies those colored images from the memory screen as simple forms & lines (line drawings).
The second step of Drawing (as a reproducing Art) is Training our hands to move in tune with the mind screen pictures ( forms / lines)
So when we start reproducing or drawing we develop mind , eye , hand coordination and control , patience and confidence to pursue art.
Relating with colors
What is color, color temperature, color theory ?
The colors we see all around helps to differentiate one object with the other. That is the Main purpose of colors to exist. Other than that, The likes and dislikes of colors, triggering of emotions when you look at colors is mainly because of our past association of events with colors. So the study of color psychology and color therapy, art therapy came into play to help people who are stuck with colors and feelings. Otherwise colors just help to differentiate with the neighboring object. Humans associate colors with feelings for example. We call Blue as a cool
color. The sea looks blue and the nature of water is coolness, so we associate Blue with coolness. The Fire and the Hot Sun is red / orange / yellow in color we call red, orange , yellow as warm or Hot colors, we termed this as COLOR Temperature adding spice to our imagination. Similarly we have associated feelings with colors and some call black is a BAD color, but some others tell Black gives them relaxation and gives them private space, some call RED is aggressive some other feel RED as a COLOR OF ACTION.
The color therapy can help to understand one’s feelings relating with colors. The Likes and dislikes of colors will also reveal certain nature of a person which a color therapist can assess in the color therapy session. They also use colored lights to alleviate pain in the body and for some other purposes.
The color theory is about understanding the Nature of various Color mediums, the study of primary, secondary, tertiary colors in pigments and light and understanding various other color combinations. Knowing about color tones, shades, tints, color blending, mixing and exploring different paint mediums and various painting techniques.
By attending kenfortes art courses, Art lovers can study – How our mind separates all the complex color combinations into basic individual colors and about color compositions. One can learn more deeply about colors and its usage in paintings during color theory class.
What are imagination and visualization?
What is creativity? can creativity be taught?
Can art be used as therapy and for relaxation?
How art therapist use painting as meditation?
Why do some art teachers ask to repeat the same drawing several times and they also conduct sketching & painting courses separately, but can we learn the art of pencil sketching and painting comprehensively?
Come & discuss with the Artist, All these questions disappear !
Our Art school name
Kenfortes represents strength of perceiving ,
ken means perceiving fortes is strength.
We all are capable of seeing but an art student has to learn to perceive without preimposed ideas.
Original creations will bring more joy and satisfaction than reproductions. The drawing skill we gained from copying will be supportive, But for creating original art just the drawing, painting & tool handling skills are not sufficient,
We need training for visualization with clear perception and a mentor to inspire towards the creative aspect.
We at KENFORTES art school emphasize children & mentor adult students to be original in creating their art. Our training educates children and adults the aesthetic way of observing the outer world, it includes methods to visualize the feelings from the observed & express it in their own strokes & colors along with technical skill.
Short Art courses
This is a short term visual art course of intensive drawing, sketching, painting sessions suitable for adults and children who are looking for learning Art in a short vacation (short course duration – two months with 4 or 8 classes in a month, 2 to 3 hours per session) options – weekday or weekend art classes in bangalore on availability.
Regular Art courses
This is a long term course of many levels (Each level duration – minimum five months with 4 classes in a month, 2 hours per session) options – weekday or weekend art classes in bangalore on availability.
Level 1(Back to top)
A five months foundation in 2D Drawing, Tracing, Flat Colouring techniques using Color Pencils & Crayons. students are encouraged to do free drawing ( drawing from imagination, kids around 4 years of age do stick like figures for humans and animals will be in simple circles and rectangles)
. Introduction to Paper Crafts. Mediums / tools used – sketching pencils, medium soft erasers, color pencils, crayons, sketch pens or fine marker pen, glue and scissor.
Level 2 (Back to top)
Students move to Level 2, learning large format drawings, simple 3 Dimensional drawings & shading, picture composition using different mediums like shading Pencils, Colour Pencils, charcoal sticks & Oil Pastels. students will be creating their own stories with their illustrations.
Level 3(Back to top)
Along with 3D drawings students learn colour composition & background creation. Enlarging, Reducing a picture using grids, Water Colours, Pastels, Advanced Pencil Shading are introduced. 3D paintings using collage and projection from the canvas
Adult Art Course Registration
Abstract art, decorative Art, perspective drawings, free hand sketching, still life model drawing, portrait sketching from live model, Advanced Pencil shading, How to paint creative original art, colour theory & other techniques using Water Colours, poster colors, acrylics & Pastels. 3 dimensional paintings using acrylic texture white ( gives semi sculpture effect which projects out of the canvas )
SUMMER & WINTER ART COURSES / ART CAMPS – children Art & crafts camps, kids art activity camps.
A short term exclusive kids art course includes Clay modeling, Paper Crafts, puppets, Pop up Greeting Cards, Collage, Wall Hanging and more.
Art as therapy and meditation, Spontaneous art play – a course which helps to express one’s inner emotions & relaxes. color therapy observing colors to revive your healing force.
Modern & Contemporary art study using watercolors, acrylic, oil paints, outdoor sketching.
Fabric designing & Decorative glass art.
Enquire by phone to enroll this 2019 summer art camps at JP Nagar, Jayanagar, Btm Layout, Vijaya bank layout Bannerghatta road.
Individual care with unique techniques to suit all kind of people. Every year Children art exhibitions organised to honour / recognize student skills & inspire new beginners. Over 20 years of experience in Children art education makes our art class simply unique & one can experience this in the trial class. The satisfied parents, existing & old students appreciate our standard of teaching & help beginners to identify quality Art schools. Click to know about Art education
special short art courses for adult’s – Drawing classes focusing live model portrait sketching (boy or girl models- there are many professional models who will pose for artists or art students ), pencil shading, outdoor sketching , pen & ink, soft pastels , oil pastels, charcoal , Indian ink drawing, camel photo colors, watercolors (can use Winsor & Newton , Daler Rowney or camel artist’s quality) on handmade papers, mixed media collage. oil painting on canvas Alla prima – A single stretch painting on wet on wet. art classes starting at Mysore and Hosur, children of Mysore can enjoy the art courses from artist Suresh direct from Kenfortes
Bangalore, for more details contact kenfortes Mysore phone – 9591593303
How to help children to be creative in Art making ,
breaking the habit of copying
COPYING OR REPRODUCING OTHERS ART or COPYING ANY 2D IMAGE is a part of visual art education that helps in developing visual memory. Unless we store these images, drawings in our visual memory bank , we cannot recreate anything on our own. So it is essential to copy others Art at initial stages to understand the simplified techniques of the other Artist who copied from the nature or some other source.
As we copy and draw any Art work we not only develop visual memory but also good hand control, EYE , HAND AND MIND co-ordination.
Is it necessary to copy others Art ?
why we still learn representational art skills?