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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How Do I Keep Motivated?

So you have done the course, met lots of like-minded others, got all the materials but now the course is over, how will you keep motivated?  It is easy to be motivated when you are surrounded by others creating artworks as you get to see new ways of doing things, ideas are shared and often we are motivated.  There often comes a time when the motivation dries up for most of us, then what?  I explain a few ways of keeping motivated…

Keeping In Touch 

If you can try and keep in touch with those that you learnt with once the course is over it is easier to be motivated.  A small group of learners from one of my courses have a ‘drawing meet up’ once a month to continue to inspire and encourge them.

If you don’t have a group of people from a course, try joining a forum or online group where others post imagery of their work.  It is inspiring to see work and you often can ask questions of the members. If none of the above is possible, do a course, I think taking courses with like-minded individuals is not only the quickest way to learn but also the most motivating.

Doing art courses is a great way to stay motivated

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