Art School Boot Camp: Expanding Your Style with Art History

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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8 Videos (20m)
    • Why Learn About Art History?

      1:32
    • Impressionism

      3:41
    • Post Impressionism

      1:55
    • Fauvism

      1:53
    • Cubism

      3:24
    • Expressionism

      2:03
    • Dada

      2:55
    • Surrealism

      3:01

About This Class

Welcome the next session of Art School Boot Camp! I’m Christine Fleming, illustrator at Might Could Studios. In this installment of boot camp, we’re focusing on all the artists who came before us and diving into Art History.

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Wait, don’t go! Art history is important, and it’s not boring—I promise! Art history is super important as an artist because it lets you see and understand what makes great art. The more you know about art movements, art legends, and their styles and techniques, the more you can analyze and improve your own work! All artists are influenced by other artists, and that includes you! So why not learn from the masters?

Art history will also cement the design principles we’ve already talked about in this series, including composition, gesture, and color, showing you successful examples of both following the rules AND breaking them!

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Art movements are all about rebellion and breaking the rules that came before. From Impressionism to Surrealism, we’ll cover WHEN the rebellion happened, WHERE it happened, WHO rebelled, WHAT they rebelled against, and HOW they rebelled. Then I’ll show you how you can rebel NOW with specific techniques from each movement that you can apply to your own artwork!

For our class project, we’ll be creating a new piece of art inspired by an art movement, using one of the techniques shown in the class. By the end of the class, you’ll have a better understanding of art history, specific techniques from the masters that you can try in your own work, and a bolt of inspiration to get excited about making new art! So let’s jump in and break all the rules!

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I've learnt so much by watching this course. It's informative and well presented. Good job Christine!
This is an amazing class that gives a short introduction to the different styles of painting. It gives you just enough taste to send you looking for more.
Short and to the point. Very interesting.

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

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