Coursera’s “Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques” starts today!

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
Howard Ikemoto

Coursera offers a lot of interesting courses — one of them is “Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques”. The course starts today, so you can still participate (given that you can access the course information as long as the course is running, you could possibly enter the course later, but you will likely miss a lot of the course experience).

The very short impression I gained from the first videos is very positive. In a way, I feel like during school when I failed to understand binary code at first — I simply wrote down a couple of 0’s and 1’s. When I finally understood how it worked, it was very easy to see why my first guess made no sense. I felt similar when watching the video about lines — there is a lot of basic information I missed when trying to understand drawing — and I am looking forward to learn more (if I can make and defend the time for it ;-)).

BTW, Coursera offers also courses about music, writing, art history and the like. Highly recommended. 🙂