I have met some learners who sign up for art classes with some unhealthy ideas which end up restricting them along the way. I thought I would share some of these thoughts and give my ideas on why they hold people back.
‘I Don’t Want to Spend Money On Materials’
I meet several learners who are on a budget, which I understand. I am not a tutor who tells students to go out and buy everything (and I have met ones like this). I think this is unrealistic for those on a budget and you don’t have to buy everything or even the most expensive materials to get good results.
There is a line however where it becomes limiting, when a learner just doesn’t want to spend anything on materials. You can’t expect to learn about materials and experiment if you won’t buy more than one pencil and a sketchpad! Now if you just want to draw fair enough, make sure you do a drawing course and just that, otherwise some purchases will be necessary.
‘I Only Want to Do Art if I can Sell My Work’
This is quite a limiting thought and quite unhealthy. Not that there is anything wrong with the ambition to sell your work of course and I am always encouraging my learners to exhibit and try and sell their work. However you have to take up art because you enjoy it and you want to explore your own creative talents first and foremost.
Once art becomes about getting a sale the enjoyment isn’t there when there isn’t a sale (which can be quite often). The motivation stops and there seems no reason to do it anymore and I have met many a disillusioned artist in this position. The irony of it is that, it is often those that enjoy it and do it for the pleasure of creating alone who get sales/success in the end.
‘I Need to Be Able to Draw To Join a Art Class’
This idea is very common but of course you don’t have to be able to draw to join an art class. The whole idea of an art class is that you will be developing your skills in drawing during the classes. It really doesn’t matter if you find drawing hard or aren’t a natural, if you would like to learn then you should join a beginner course no matter what your current level of skill in drawing, everyone has to start somewhere!
‘The Tutor Will Show Me How to Draw’
Although you should expect some guidance and instruction from the tutor you should expect to have to make some decisions on your own. Some of you learning to draw and paint will be about you finding out things for yourself and practising and experimenting.
I have seen teachers take the pencil out of students hands and draw for them. Although there is nothing wrong with this, I have corrected learner work before but I try not to take the pencil out of their hands because it is far better if they can correct the work themselves. The tutor is there to help you to be able to draw not to draw for you.