Free online Drawing and Photography courses offered by Open2Study

Readers will be interested in this free course run by the Open2Study which is part of Open Universities Australia.
The Art of Drawing and Painting starts on 2 June 2014. I have heaps on my plate at the moment but I could not resist enrolling.

It looks like it covers fundamentals of colour theory, touches on perspective and the hands on is balanced with a touch of art history.

This is blurb from the Open2Study site where you can sign up (it’s free),  and the you tube promo

“Through discussions and visual demonstrations, you will learn how art has been expressed through history, the basics of colour theory, and how to draw and paint flat images and perspectives. Further, you will be able to understand the principles and styles of assimilating visual compositions. You will produce paintings and collages influenced by famous school of arts and painters such as Pointillism, Cubism, De Stijl, Surrealism, and Constructivism. This course is open to everyone who wants to try. It will provoke your sense of creativity and allow you to express yourself in a way that fits within your skill level.”

Also for those who carry a camera everywhere they go there is a free Photography course which is run out of RMIT University. It also starts tomorrow and Jerry has signed up for that one!

Once again this is the class description from the Open2Study site where you can sign up (it’s free) and the You Tube promo.

“You will learn about photography as a visual art practice, and how this can help you to become an engaging and active photographer. You will explore the work and concepts of contemporary photographic artists, which may trigger a new interest in what you photograph. In addition to this, you will also learn some of the practical skills required to further explore photography in exciting and creative ways. Finally, we look at the idea of a “digital darkroom” and explore ways that you can further your interest in photography through post-production knowledge and techniques.”

If you are interested in seeing what else is on offer in the Open2Study free courses visit this page 


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6 Responses to Free online Drawing and Photography courses offered by Open2Study

  1. Pam Gonzalez says:

    Thanks for the info. I signed up for the photography class. Looking forward to learning about cameras

  2. Jules says:

    That’s brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing this Sharon, I really want to sign up for both:), but art has won out.

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Jules – I have no idea how I will fit in but I figure I will somehow so I have enrolled. Jerry is taking the photography course. For me this is part of a major campaign to do more drawing. If I did not think I would fall flat on my face I would take a 360 challenge but life is too busy to commit to that right now

  3. Gillian says:

    I have signed up and started the course but I think it is a bit confused and rambling so far
    There is not much actual drawing suggested unless you just go off and do what you have seen done in the video, however no suggestion is made that you do that.
    I would have expected a set drawing project for each topic.

    • sharonb says:

      I agree it is bit of a ramble but remember that it is not a high school course – at that level there is much less hand holding and students are expected to take the initiative. It is also a free resource. People are not paying for this and I have taken courses that charge a lot more and received much less

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