What are the Signs of a Good Art Class?

This is a question where the answer will depend on what type of art class or course you are looking for.  I have my own ideas of what you should see in a good art class or course, which I will share with you:

It Should Challenge You – Even a basic course should challenge you in some way to think in new ways and try out new things.  I know that for some learners there is an uncomfortable feeling in being challenged but in my opinion the best classes are those that take you slightly out of your comfort zone.

Feedback – One of the reasons you are taking a class is presumably to have access to an art tutor/teacher with experience.  I have seen a few art classes where learners have had little or no feedback from the tutor/teacher on their work.  There will always be learners who don’t want or need much feedback, yet there is usually something that a learner can gain from feedback.

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Which Paint Type is Best for Beginners?

When we start painting many are confused by the paint media, there is acrylic, gouache, oil, watercolour so what are the differences?  Which one are best for the beginner?  I will explain the characteristics of each type of paint media.

Acrylics

Acrylic paint is fast-drying paint, water-soluble and becomes water-resistant when dry.  The paints are made from a by-product of the plastic industry so they are fairly new as an art medium (1960’s) and have become much more popular in the last few decades.

Acrylics are versatile and easy to use for beginners
Acrylics are versatile and easy to use for beginners

They are easy to use for beginners, they can be used in a diluted way in washes a bit like watercolour or thicker to achieve an opaque finish.  You can layer the paint as it layers with ease because the paint dries quickly so you can go over areas again and again.  The fast-drying qualities of the paint does make blending challenging as you will get lines where the  paint dries.

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