Art Tips with Jan Bower - Schoolhouse Teachers

Art Tips with Jan Bower

Length: Ongoing series
Includes: Weekly video tips
Age/Grade: Middle-High School

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How to Use This Course

These short video clips offer art tips that will help students improve at any level. All artists run into occasional roadblocks, and these professional art tips and tricks can help get past those hurdles. A new, fun, and simple art tip will be posted each week by award-winning portrait artist and illustrator Jan Bower. This course is not designed to be a stand-alone art class but rather to be used as a follow up or companion to Jan’s first course on, Drawing with Realism.

Course Introduction

Jan Bower of Drawing Success provides weekly art tips for students in a variety of mediums. These helpful and encouraging art tips have been tried and proven true over Jan Bower’s 35-year career as a portrait artist, art teacher, book illustrator, and creator of the DVD art curriculum Drawing Success. Each short clip gives simple, practical advice and encouragement to make it a little easier for the art student to find success.

You can develop your artistic skills and understanding even further with her new in-depth DVD course, Drawing Success. This systematic progression of 36 lessons gives fabulous insights into creating beautiful art that communicates powerfully. Drawing Success contains over 1200 minutes of video instruction on 10 DVDs, a thorough lesson book, and more. You can see a short video about Drawing Success below or enjoy Jan Bower’s artistic devotionals (called Drawing Closer), at

Art Tips

  • Tip #1: How to get unstuck on an art project
  • Tip #2: The key to great art
  • Tip #3: Getting your art noticed
  • Tip #4: Don’t let a project go stale
  • Tip #5: Blank canvas? No fear!
  • Tip #6: Almost Finished? Take a new perspective look first.
  • Tip #7: How to improve in your skills
  • Tip #8: How to look for inspiration
  • Tip #9: Tips for highlighting with graphite and charcoal
  • Tip #10: Do you have smears on your artwork! Here’s one solution!
  • Tip #11: Don’t skip to the details!
  • Tip #12: Lighting tips
  • Tip #13: Clean those brushes!
  • Tip #14: More brush care tips
  • Tip #15: Should you soak your brushes?
  • Tip #16: Are you a packrat? Here’s some tips on how to use old brushes!
  • Tip #17: Tips for making your flower stems look natural
  • Tip #18: Making less-noticeable areas of your painting stand out
  • Tip #19: Adding rhythm to your projects
  • Tip #20: The importance of highlights
  • Tip #21: Importance of focal points
  • Tip #22: Using contrast to increase your focal point
  • Tip #23: Using detail to increase your focal point
  • Tip #24: Using edges to increase your focal point
  • Tip #25: Love your projects!
  • Tip #26: Developing style
  • Tip #27: Things aren’t always as they seem
  • Tip #28: Is your work a little drab? Here’s some tips to help you out!

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