24 ways to create art – Method One and Two

An artwork is a representation of personal expression created with a variety of materials and techniques including but not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, mixed media, installation, performance, and mixed media.  Through this physical creation we reveal our interpretation of learned topics combined with experiences and memories.  An artwork is a product of our imagination.

Creating a piece of artwork means constructing a visual image, whether it is three-dimensional or two-dimensional, to reflect your understanding of the assignment.  An artwork can be created in many different ways.  As long as it possesses your personal touch and demonstrates your thought process and message, it may be considered a work of art.

We have identified 24 different ways you can create art and we will cover each of these over the next month.

Method No One:

Drawing, the art of creating meaningful shapes from nothing, generally on paper

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Drawing is a form of visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Instruments used include graphite pencilspen and inkinked brushes, wax colour pencilscrayonscharcoalchalkpastels, various kinds of erasers,markersstyluses, various metals (such as silverpoint) and electronic drawing. An artist who practices or works in technical drawing may be called a drafter or draftsman or draughtsman.

A small amount of material is released onto a surface, leaving a visible mark. The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, plastic, leathercanvas, and board, may be used. Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboardor whiteboard or indeed almost anything. The medium has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas. The wide availability of drawing instruments makes drawing one of the most common artistic activities

From the very beginning man has made marks to record their lives.   Firstly there were Cave paintings found on cave walls and ceilings,  those of prehistoric origin,  date back to some 40,000 years ago.

All civilisations – Chinese, Middle eastern,  Egyptian, Roman and Greek – all had their own methods and ways of placing their marks or drawings to record their journey.

This mark making continues right up  to modern times.

An Artist draws because they feel the need to make their mark.

Information sourced from Wikipedia.

Method No Two:

Engraving, a variant of sculpture, generally made in smaller items

engraving4Engraving has a history dating back over 1500 years and is the method used for incising or marking a design or text on to a hard surface by cutting grooves into the substrate.  The result may be very intricate, decorative or a simple statement.  The industrial revolution changed the methods employed as machines did much of the work previously done by hand. The advent of the computer has more recently revolutionised the engraving industry.   Many different types of machines have been introduced that can do the work faster and more precisely, improving turnaround and cost effectiveness.

Information sourced from Australian Engravers and  Signmakers Association.


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