In this book, artist, art teacher, and author Michael DeSiano helps aspiring artists learn the basics of creating their own art. This book is perfect for anyone who is curious about the various aspects and methods of art creation. These include such elements as point, line, shape, color, and texture and such principles as harmony, repetition, balance, and proportion—and many more. Simple exercises in each section allow readers to explore the topics and to learn how to approach creative projects thoughtfully and confidently. The book contains beautiful images of paintings, drawings, and architecture by master artists such as Botticelli, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Calder, Seurat, Mondrian, Stella, and a host of others. It also contains a multitude of examples of the sketching exercises by students to give readers a sense of the various ways in which to interpret and imagine the instructions to create personalized, meaningful art.