BFA Art School Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 9


Create a narrative artwork that shows physical depth through an interior space. What is the story of that space? Create a specific color palette, composition, and point of view to tell that story.

pick a place

Kitchen, bathroom, a bedroom, closet, hallway, garage, attic, basement.


Any 2D art media


Do brainstorming exercises to work out your ideas. Draw at least 6 thumbnail sketches to plan out the composition. Once you have chosen a composition, develop that thumbnail further to determine the color scheme.

draw from life, or use REFERENCE PHOTOS
Artists for inspiration

Hope Gangloff, Pierre Bonnard, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Devan Shimoyama, Edward Hopper

more on space

Elements of Art: Space

This video explores space in 2D artworks, one of the Elements of Art. Topics include how to create the illusion of space in a 2D artwork, ways to create depth through atmospheric perspective, point of view, and articulation. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch.


Lighting can be a powerful visual tool in art! This video gets down to the nuts and bolts of how lighting works in an artwork, focusing on the specifics of different types of highlights and the various ranges of visual effects they create. Examples from art history and contemporary art show how artists can apply their knowledge of highlights, both as a visual element and as a tool for narrative storytelling. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Alex Rowe.


This video explains how shadows work. Understanding the difference between cast shadows and form shadows are important skills for all artists in order to create a broad range of visual effects in many art forms. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Alex Rowe.

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