I thought I would write this post because there is quite a lot of confusion around about art education, especially among adult learners. I have also spoken to many other ex art students about the format of lessons, amount of tuition time etc. and it seems to vary a great deal. I have learnt that many of the adults who join my adult beginner art classes have little idea even what the ‘classroom’ or studio will look like. Therefore I thought I would share some general points about what to expect.
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.