Do I Really Need to Show My Artwork to Others in a Class?

I thought I would write this post because on my courses I encourage learners to share their work.  On a beginners course this is typically done by the walk around the room at the end of a session, in more advanced classes there is a ‘class critique’ where everyone talks and shares their artwork from each completed project.

On a few occasions some learners have refused to do this, one learner commented that he didn’t see the point of looking at others work or showing his own work to other people in the class.  I had assumed that every teacher or tutor would encourage sharing of artwork by the class but according to this learner his old tutor didn’t do this. This made me think of the issue of sharing artwork in an art class, is it necessary and if so what are the benefits?

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Why is Keeping a Sketchpad Important?

Keeping a sketchpad is an important part of learning to draw and paint.  It is a place where you can sketch, develop ideas and collect inspiration.

Some beginners in art feel that artists go from observing to creating a final piece of work, just like that.   This is very rarely the case, artists use sketchpads for preliminary studies, rough notes, doodles, tonal scales, thumbnails and ideas.  I use my sketchpad as part scrapbook and I stick all sorts of inspirational images inside.  I also try out media in my sketchpad, for example layering paint, scratching into layered paint, painting onto new surfaces and anything else that I fancy trying.

Sketchpads can be taken out and about!

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