Termes teaches art instruction on SDPB video series

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Art Basics with Dick Termes, a new video art instruction series, is now available on SDPB.org.


Termes is known worldwide for his “Termespheres” – large, colorful spheres painted in six-point perspective that rotate to produce the illusion of perfect proportion.

With Art Basics with Dick Termes, Termes hopes to teach basic drawing skills to budding artists of all ages.

“This series is for 9- to 90-year olds, for kids who love to draw and adults who say, ‘I can’t draw a line,’” says Termes. “We actually back it all the way up in this class to explain what creates a line! I want to take that fear away.”

With major funding from Rapid City-based John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the multi-part series was recorded on-site near Spearfish at Termes’ geodesic studio. Surrounded by his signature orbs and armed with a Sharpie and an easel pad, Termes guides students through the creation of cubes, cylinders, and spheres while demonstrating techniques for turning basic shapes into life-like images.

Art Basics with Dick Termes also combines animation with Termes’ instruction in basic line drawing, contour surface lines, and shading techniques – all in accessible, easy-to-understand terms.

To accompany the new video series, SDPB’s Digital and Education Department has developed a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and activity ideas.
Art Basics with Dick Termes, including videos and teaching resources is now available online at SDPB.org/art.


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