Subject, form, and content comprise the three basic components of a work of art. In general, subject may be thought of as the “what” in a piece of art: the topic, focus, or image. The most common subjects of art include people (portraiture), arrangements of objects (still-life), the natural world (landscape), and abstractions (non-objective). The Subjects of Art activity series introduces you to each of these subjects of art, and instructs you in composing your own artworks using the key elements of each approach.
How to Draw a Portrait
In the exhibition, For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design, artists are represented by both portraits and landscapes they created. A portrait is an artistic representation of a person, such as a drawing, photograph, or sculpture. Portraiture is one of the most popular genres for artists.
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How to Compose a Still Life
Throughout history, still-life work has been one of the most popular types of art. While they are arranged in many ways, still-life composition is the building block for drawings, paintings, and photography. Follow the basic rules in the workbook below to create a successful still-life of your own!
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