What Makes a Good Artist?

I meet many potential learners who won’t enrol on any of my courses or workshops despite having an interest in art.  Many of these people believe that they don’t have the skills to be an artist, but what are the skills and attributes that make someone good at art?  After many years of teaching art I believe that the best artists have a mixture of skills and attributes and just having one of them is often not enough.  I explore some of the key skills and attributes involved…

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What Makes a Good Composition?

For some students arranging a good composition comes naturally, they just seem to know what looks right.  Some however find composition a bit of a mystery and struggle to capture an arresting arrangement and therefore piece of art. I offer a few tips to help you find the perfect composition.

Take The Time

Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about how we look at a subject, if it is in front of us we draw or paint it.  Often we forget that we have choices around the viewpoint (near, far, above or below), angles, and the arrangement of the objects themselves.

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