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Back to Basics: Design Fundamentals to Improve Your Drawings and Paintings


Welcome to Back to Basics with Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond. Together, we will explore the basics of drawing, painting, and the general art making process in order to create more successful pieces.

This lesson is broken up into eight videos, all of which are included below on this page. When you complete one section, scroll down to the next video to continue. You have unlimited access to this page, so you can come back as often as you'd like.

We hope you enjoy this class! Thanks for being part of our Art Makes Us community.


Lesson 1: The Design Principles

Learn how the design principles help guide artists through the design process.


Lesson 2: Geometric Shapes

Work with cutout shapes to explore concepts like symmetry, asymmetry, positive, and negative space.


Lesson 3: Thumbnail Sketches

Learn how to explore different compositional strategies through thumbnail sketching.


Lesson 4: Creating Depth with Line

Draw a landscape and add depth using only line.


Lesson 5: Movement and Rhythm

Explore the concepts of movement and rhythm in this drawing.


Lesson 6: Focal Point

Learn about how to create a focal point with this drawing of a tiger.


Closing Thoughts

Thank you for being part of this class. Happy drawing!


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