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Building Block: Poetry

Visual Music & Poetry
Convey emotion with paint.
 
What is included in the Visual Music and Poetry Building Block?
 
 
When you learn about how to see both the visual music in a painting and its visual poetry, you begin to see paintings in a new light. Your paintings will start to communicate much more emotion and feeling, rather than being lifeless works. It will become much clearer to you why a master painting is considered a masterpiece, and at the same time make you a much better critique of your own work, helping you to improve much faster.

In this Building Block you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting.

Most of the other courses in the Painting Academy program deal with either the music side of painting (notan, design & composition, color, and brushwork), or the illusion aspect of the poetry side of painting (observation, shape, and form). These units are essential if you want your work to stand out, and also to help you better understand what makes a master painting.
 
Some of the things you will learn:
 
The five components of the visual music and poetry model - the characteristics of the best contemporary work
   
Pure naturalism to pure abstraction - the choice you have when depicting your subject
   
How to differentiate the poetry from the music in your painting and make them work together, rather than fight each other
   
The difference between far music and near music, and why brushwork is so important
   
An eight point checklist to ensure your painting has visual poetry and visual music
 
 
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  Academy membership costs $79 USD per month and gives you a private account on our system where you can access our lessons, assignments & online community. Access to the online campus means you can upload your assignments and share them with other students from across the world, as well as access to supplemental learning materials such as videos and examples. You can cancel your membership at any time.
 
 
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What is included in each course unit?

 

Unit 1 - The Visual Music & Poetry Model

 
The model described in this course is called the "Visual Music and Poetry Model". It takes into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. In this model, a painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. This course unit will show you how to combine visual poetry and music to create a powerful painting.


 
You will learn:
  • the five components of the visual music and poetry model - the characteristics of the best contemporary work
  • pure naturalism to pure abstraction - the choice you have when depicting your subject
  • how to differentiate the poetry from the music in your painting and make them work together, rather than fight each other
  • the difference between far music and near music, and why brushwork is so important
  • an eight point checklist to ensure your painting has visual poetry
  • an eight point checklist to ensure your painting has visual music
  • how two master painters, John Singer Sargent, and Ludovico Tommasi, achieved visual music and poetry in their work
  • how visual music and poetry relates to the Painting Academy curriculum
 
 
Our comprehensive 4 year program of study
for all levels

Virtual Art Academy is designed to be both suitable for beginners and professionals alike. If you are serious about improving your painting skills, no matter your current level, and you want to become an excellent artist and you are looking for a comprehensive in-depth program of study that's expertly organized, then look no further. You will get immediate access to:
 
192 Lessons
340 Assignments
   
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