12 BASIC FACTS about ART CLASSES

12 basic facts concerning art classes:

  • This blog is for new aspiring artists, who intent to attend art classes and are hoping their classes will meet their expectations.
  • And also, what is revealed here, may also be of interest to art teachers.
  • Success depends on you and your attitude.
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A5 watercolour: Heavy spring rains strongly flowing over waterfalls

What do the general public think of art?

To start with, people generally think drawing and painting is a pleasant way to while away one’s leisure time, as a hobby or side-line interest, and therefore don’t take it seriously.

Buying art materials for your art classes:

So those who have that mind-set, tend to buy inferior cheap kiddies’ craft paints and brushes.

  • They don’t realize if they want to turn out paintings that look professional, they need to buy proper artists’ materials.
  • Buying art materials doesn’t have to be expensive, if you buy just the basics to start with.
  • Be aware shop assistants are only too willing to sell you every paraphernalia they have on their shelves! You don’t have to buy everything at once.
  • Buy what the teacher asks you to bring to class, because he or she knows what is required to get the best results according to the set syllabus.

What do you expect to pay for your art classes?

  • How much is the plumber or electrician paid? Should the art teacher with many years of experience, be paid any less?
  • The cost of  lessons depends on how often you attend classes during a month and over what period time the course runs.
  • Private lessons where the teacher comes to your home will naturally cost more.
  • Location fieldwork also involves transport and accommodation costs.

Do you expect quick results?

When the teacher starts with a demo, to show how things are done, most people respond with, “Oh that looks so easy to do! Surely, what is there to it? You just wave your brush and Walla a good painting just happens!”

But when their efforts don’t turn out as expected, they think the teacher’s brush must truly be a magic wand!  In truth, the wielding of the teacher’s brush comes with many years of experience.

  • Rome wasn’t built in a day! Just like you learnt to read and write at school, so it is with art.
  • People aren’t born with artistic talent. The old masters started out as babies too. Their talent grew because of their dedication and devotion to their ambitions.
  • Gaining skills is a process, progressing from stage by stage, a little here and a little there, building on what was experienced.
  • Little steps of success breeds encouragement! Surprisingly confidence is gained through small achievements.

You want to know if you’ll be successful?

What you put in is what you get out!

  • Taking art classes is a serious commitment if you want your classes to meet your expectations.
  • It takes personal effort! Putting in extra time. Testing out what you have learnt, soon afterwards at home.
  • Talent doesn’t just happen without personal input. Just like learning how to play the piano, you have to practice often to perfect your deftness.
  • Keep trying, doing your best, sooner or later you will win!

Most people think theory is boring!

It’s their opinion that theory isn’t necessary… they want to rush into painting straight away.  Like buying a new product… “If all else fails, then read the instructions!”

  • I often wonder why some people come to art classes if they don’t want to learn anything new.
  • It’s a well-known fact, that if you don’t know what to do or how to proceed with something, you are inclined to procrastinate until nothing gets done at all!
  • If you know what you are supposed to do before you start anything, your confidence carries you along and your endeavours are more successful.
  • Each art teacher is an artist in their own right. An each artist has their own way of doing things.
  • Often people harp on what their last teacher said or did. So why did they seek out a new teacher? What did they want, that last teacher wasn’t providing? Are they willing to learn something new or not from their new teacher’s experience?
  • When people are set in their ways, they limit their artistic growth.

Improving dexterity:

It’s not all about what you know, but HOW you put it into practice.

  • Been willing to listen and watch your teacher carefully, when they demonstrate how things are done. Even if you have to ask the teacher to repeat what they’ve just done, so you can watch the finer points of the technique.
  • Each lesson is especially prepared, to have an objective purpose, which is ultimately aimed at improving each student’s dexterity.
  • Sad to say, sometimes you’ll get a dominating character who takes over the lesson by doing their own thing in class. It’s so distracting, that the set technique for that lesson isn’t accomplished, and therefore, no one lands up learning anything new!

Keeping notes and doing homework:

I know it is so easy to forget what the teacher has just taught or shown you. And I also know it’s hard to take down notes when everything is moving on so quickly. So don’t be afraid to ask the teacher to slow down a little, so you can take some notes.

  • Learn how to abbreviate your notes so you can absorb more info.
  • You can always refer back to your notes when you are back home and working on your own.
  • Put each exercise you have done in a file and then record how you did it when you get home.
  • Take time out at home to make simple charts that you can refer to later, for revision or to sort out colour schemes, etc for future commissions.
  • Take what you have learnt in class and check it against what you see in real life. Nature has a lot to teach you, so be more observant of your surroundings.

What are your ambitions?

  • Before taking art classes, ask what you can expect from the lessons on offer?
  • Say what medium and style of work you want to do.
  • The teacher needs to know how serious you are and how often you want your lessons.

How deep is your inner drive?

  • Art and inspiration is a spiritual experience. Creativity doesn’t come from a faint heart. It requires devotion, drawing deep from within, how you feel about what you see and do. Your passion puts fire and glory into your work.
  • Art is a way of life. Be prepared to live, think and `breathe’ art to become a successful artist.

The perks of learning to paint:

  • When you are tuned in artistically, looking for differences in hues and tones, etc in your surrounding environment, you’ll begin to see things so very differently, that the whole world seems to come alive with colour.
  • When buying or sewing clothes you start to think of combinations of colour and style. Your whole way of dressing will be different.
  • Art changes your whole outlook on life. Your attitude to life changes because of the beauty you see in mundane, everyday things.

What is the power behind artistic creativity?

What keeps artists painting?  In spite of the many mistakes they may make? There are several reasons. To some it maybe that they desire to be recognized as  famous artists, but more likely:

  • The determination to succeed against all opposition. The thrill of the adventure with each pictures’ different composition challenges.
  • The buzz one gets painting the beauty of the world. Been out, painting in the country and hearing the sounds of Nature, the wind rustling through the trees and grass, birds singing and brooks tinkling over rocks, seeing butterflies flapping from flower to flower,
  • The ecstasy when one mixes beautiful hues of colour and applies it to the canvas. Seeing the different blends and combinations of colour has the power to thrill the soul.
  • There is a thrill of anticipation when first starting on a painting. You so enjoy the `high’ of the challenge while painting it and then when it’s finished you almost feel sad that it is finished. And if it turned out better than you expected, you feel elated that YOU where the one that actually painted it. You did it! It’s your creation.
  • And let’s face it, that the picture you’ve been painting will actually sell. That someone out there actually appreciated what you painted, enough to buy it!

Comments are welcome:

Love to know what do you expect of your art classes?

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