I tend to get asked by anxious parents if it is a good idea for their child to study art. This topic is complex and deserves a blog post all of its own. Aside from the creative careers issue and the more popular discussion about art leading to a job/career I thought it would be interesting to share some of the skills and attributes I associate with studying art. I’ve recognised that there are many less obvious benefits of studying art, even if you never become a creative/artist for a living. These ‘hidden’ benefits I think are worth mentioning…
It’s a new year and a time of new resolutions, this applies to art too. There are lots of sloppy habits that we can get into when it comes to drawing and painting or any creative practice. Here are some ‘bad habits’ I see often that I thought I would share with you so you can avoid them.
Using Only One Source
Taking all your learning from one book, one website or one tutor is generally not a good idea. Every one of these sources will have a different perspective on things so it is healthy to expose yourself to a few ideas and methods before deciding what is best for you. All teachers and tutors will have their specialisms and you can learn different things from different tutors and teachers just like you can from different books. There is no one way of doing things in art so it is important to expose yourself to a few sources. I found as a student I was lucky enough to be exposed to a variety of art teachers and tutors in my art education which looking back was important. There is a tendency to produce work like the one tutor/teacher/author of the book if you only use one source of learning and development as an artist.