Now art classes are available at our gallery.

When you learn visual arts you are really developing an individual's
ability to see (perceive) relationships; in other words to measure
accurately one thing to another.

The word art, from its Latin/French base literally means "to fit
together." Examining this meaning, we can see that drawing and
painting can be likened to cooking. Just as the culinary artist fits
together ingredients (parts), so does the visual artist. In order to
make a drawing of an object or thing, one needs to see its individual
sections (how it is constructed). To draw, a person learns to examine
and isolate each part back into a whole.

The basic introductory format is composed of three essential
components of visual art:

Form (shape)
Size (mass, scale)
Placement (relationships)
Using a step-by-step method (the simple to the complex) the student
understands what is needed in order to draw successfully. The
techniques taught to the student, allows them to assist themselves to
draw. These techniques are traditional and classical in approach.

This introductory level course is designed to teach two distinct
elementary activities. The first is conveying basic technology of
painting with a brush. This activity includes teaching specific
terminology, brush manipulation, brush utilization and care; color
mixing, color application and clean-up.

The second separate activity taught is the use of a particular medium.
This activity consists of its own terms and skills to be learned.
Words like "dry brush", "wash", and "glazing" are names of techniques
students will become familiar with during this section of the course.

Painting is actually drawing with a brush. Therefore drawing skills
are continuously stressed. Students progress from simple linear
subject matter to the more three dimensional or complex subject
matter. The better students draw, the better they will paint.

Depending upon students manipulative skills and dexterity, their
program may include still-life, animals, landscape, and copying of the
great masters.

Painting is to represent by application and manipulation of a
material. To paint, one must have knowledge of the medium and develop
the skills to use it. The learned sequences of method and procedure
begin with brush and paint care, arrangement of colors on a palette,
mixing specific hues, paint application, brush techniques and
clean-up. Simple steps form a complex activity. Thus painting is quite
an undertaking; teaching tenacity as well as technique.

Oil paint is named for the binder in which the pigment is suspended.
This liquid is made from the ground seed of the flax plant called
linseed oil.  Its use began in the 15th century and was most assuredly
heralded as a major event. Oil paint is extremely flexible and when
thoroughly dry is rock hard (durable); two characteristics of paint
desperately sought after, by generations of artists.  Further
inventions such as canvas and tube color have little changed the basic
innovations of oil painting. It became, and remains for many, the
perfect medium.

Today artists rarely make their own paints by grinding raw pigments
with small amounts of oil. Paints with a high degree of coloring
ability (saturation) have less oil and fillers and more pigment.
Cheaper paints possess less brilliant coloring matter.

The paint is scooped from palette (mixing surface) to canvas with
chiseled shaped bristle brushes. They have a "desirable springy
effect" for blending, pushing and spreading paint upon a surface.
Details are later added by small sable brushes. A limited palette or
number of colors to paint with is considered best to learn color

During this course students will explore the incredible flexibility of
this medium. Oil paint can be applied very thinly, thus producing
effects by the layering of transparent colors called glazing. It can
also be applied thickly (impasto), overlaying with opaque colors to
give a softening effect called "scumbling". Textural surfaces can be
created by brush work or by a thin flexible blade called a palette
knife. Special mediums are added to the paint to produce certain
handling characteristics or surface effects.

For information, do call -

WL Fine Arts Sdn Bhd
No 3,5,9 &11,
Jln Chantek 5/13, 46000 Petaling Jaya.
Tel : 03-7958 1848 Fax : 03-7958 8848
Email : [email protected]