In times of a pandemic as I write this many of my learners are missing their regular art face-to-face art classes as we all switch to online learning, but is it the same? Is it possible to teach art, as it’s such a practical subject online? What does online learning involve? Will you get the support and guidance from a tutor if they are ‘remote’? I aim to address all these questions and give a flavour of how I teach drawing and painting online in this blog post.
There is no doubt that online learning is not the same as face-to-face learning, it requires more independent learning, individualised learning and some digital literacy skills. It is a good idea not to expect the same learning experience from a different format but that is not to say the experience can’t be rewarding and enjoyable.
There Are Positives
Okay, so you don’t quite get the ‘classroom buzz’ but there are some positives of online learning such as flexibility, improving your IT skills and developing independent study skills.
I have done many online courses in the past few years because I’ve not been able to get to classes with a busy teaching schedule and I’ve come to enjoy the flexibility of learning this way. Another benefit is the wide range of people you can meet online, learners from all over the globe adds a richness and variety.
Couldn’t I Just Teach Myself?
Although it is true that there is a wealth of resources online now and forums full of beginner artists sharing their work and offering tips and advice, an online course is different. Why? Well being on a course offers you structure and access to a qualified and experienced tutor, remember even if they are at a screen miles away they still have the skills and knowledge that you benefited from in the classroom.
This is something to consider when you sign up for an online course, does the tutor have the experience of the subject and the teaching experience? An art teacher is used to delivering learning in a way that learners can understand whether this is online or offline.
Do I Have To Spend All My Time At A Screen?
Of course there will be some screen time, but drawing and painting is still just that and the subject lends itself to practical project work offline. Most of your time is likely to be working on projects practically rather than on a PC.
You will come online to share findings, connect with classmates and the tutor and have regular ‘check ins’. You will also be online to access worksheets, videos and links to websites. Art is not a subject that requires you be at a computer to create, unless it is a digital art of course.
Have you been learning online? Share your experiences below…