31 Creative Prompts from Modern and Contemporary Artists
Beginner | 4 hours 40 min
Join multi-disciplinary visual artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh and draw inspiration every day from different contemporary artists from all across the globe. You'll explore an exciting range of artistic styles, perspectives, and mediums, like geometric abstraction in gouache, visual storytelling in fabric collage, still-life photography, and surrealist sculptures made from household items. Beginners will find the techniques and materials in this class fun and accessible, while more experienced artists will be delighted by out-of-the-box daily prompts like translating a song into painting. Modern art has no boundaries, and Dawline-Jane encourages you to let loose and experiment with a multitude of ways to create.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Canson Plein Air Watercolor Artboards
  • Canson Plein Air Canva Artboards
  • Grey Matters paper palette
  • Black card stock
  • Colored paper
  • Fabric like felt and quilting scraps
  • Multi purpose scissors
  • Utility knife
  • X-acto knife
  • Case for Making watercolor grid paper for color swatching
  • Gouache (Dawline-Jane uses Reeves)
  • Sakura Cray-Pas Oil pastels 
  • Pencils - 7b and mechanical pencil
  • Stabilo black pens in various widths
  • Black brush pen with a nylon tip
  • Pilot Fineliner
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Gum eraser
  • White vinyl eraser
  • Elmer's purple school glue
  • Glue stick
  • Tacky glue
  • Painter's brush
  • Variety of painting brushes, wide to fine - Dawline-Jane is using soft synthetics from cat's tongue to round brushes to flat brushes
  • Ruler
  • Portfolio water-soluble oil pastels
  • Crayola twistable crayons
  • Crayola erasable colored pencils
  • Crayola color sticks
  • Crayola colored markers
  • Artist tape
Day 2: scraps or different colored paper, card stock, magazines, x-acto knife, glue stick

Day 3: gouache, watercolor paper, brushes, pencil, eraser, ruler, palette paper

Day 4: multi colored construction paper or card stock, glue stick, scissors, x-acto knife, eraser, pencil, watercolor artboard

Day 5: assorted fabrics including one large piece of felt, Tacky glue, scissors, pencil or marker, needle and thread, piece of cardboard, reference photo in PDF

Day 6: magazine pages, gouache, glue stick, brushes, reference photo in PDF

Day 7: magazine pages, glue stick, sheet of plain paper

Day 8: black paper, white paper, scissors, white colored pencil, white Crayola twistable, glue stick, reference photo in PDF

Day 9: water soluble oil pastels, brushes, jar of water, paper towel, canvas art board, reference photo in PDF

Day 10: oil pastel, paper towel, artboard, reference photo in PDF

Day 11: water soluble oil pastel, jar of water, brushes, paper towel, heavy paper, reference photo in PDF

Day 12: watercolor board, paint daubers/corks, gouache, all purpose craft paint, brush pen, markers, paint brushes, reference photo in PDF

Day 13: gouache, oil pastels, brushes, jar of water, watercolor board, music

Day 14: water soluble oil pastels, palette, brushes, jar of water, paper towels, spray bottle, rigid painting support, reference photo in PDF

Day 15: acrylic paint in a limited color palette, palette paper, watercolor board, assorted brushes in size 2-4, jar of water, paper towels

Day 16: markers, black fine point pen, watercolor board

Day 17: watercolor board, coloring materials like gouache, brush pens, pencil, ruler, reference photo in PDF

Day 18: mixed media board, ruler, pencil, colored pencils, crayola color sticks, reference photo in PDF

Day 19: mechanical pencil, painting surface, brushes, gouache, brushes

Day 20: soft colored pencils (Crayola erasable pencil), twistable crayons, Crayola color sticks, brush pens, drawing paper

Day 21: gathered natural objects or fruit and vegetable peels, camera for documentation

Day 22: aluminum foil, optional: paint

Day 23: wire, wire cutters or scissors

Day 24: corks, thick felt pad, yarn, scissors

Day 25: found objects like bottle caps, soda can tabs, corks, hot or tacky glue, felt or some kind of backing material

Day 26: camera or cell phone, different light sources like string lights, household objects like flowers to set up a still life like, tape, various materials for backgrounds, scissors

Day 27: various wigs or fun costume pieces, a fun backdrop, camera, tripod

Day 28: ruler, painting surface, gouache, palette paper, pencil, eraser, brushes, jar of water, paper towel

Day 29: pencil, eraser, Sharpie, ruler, paper, gouache

Day 30: water soluble oil pastel, inking pens, pencil, eraser, ruler, art board, black gouache, brushes, jar of water, palette paper, canvas art board

Day 31: watercolor or mixed media paper, water soluble oil pastels, paint brushes, gouache, sketching pencil, jar of water, paper towel, palette, reference photo in PDF
Learn how to:
  • Paint with gouache and water-soluble oil pastels
  • Create bold, graphic patterns with markers
  • Make pointillist paintings with a cork
  • Form sculptures with household items like tin foil and wire
  • Arrange and take still-life photos
  • Make collages in various mediums such as paper, fabric, magazine cut-outs, and bottle caps
  • Layer different mediums together
  • Explore cartoons and comic art
  • Find inspiration in yourself and your everyday life

What you'll get:
  • Easy-to-follow video lessons on how to create paintings, sculptures, collages, and all kinds of mixed media art by drawing inspiration from modern and conteporary artists
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list and PDF with reference photos
  • Step-by-step instructions by multidisciplinary visual artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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