4 Unhelpful Ideas About Art Classes

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.

You should expect to buy some art materials on an art course
You should expect to buy some art materials on an art course

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Why Don’t I Like My Art?

I wanted to write this post for those of your who think you don’t like your artwork and I know that there are several of you. I would like to offer some advice and guidance to help because I understand these feelings.  Every term I meet a few learners who don’t like and even hate the work they produce.

Our Own Worst Critics 

Firstly why don’t you like your work?  Often it because we are judging it very harshly we don’t think it is good enough or we are comparing it with others work. I had one learner who shocked me with a very accomplished portrait which I honestly didn’t think she was capable of producing after the first session of the course.

I was amazed by how much progress she had made after ten weeks of classes.  Sadly she didn’t see the progress and achievements herself, she only saw the mistakes and only spoke to me about what was ‘wrong’ with her art.

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