How Can I be Confident About My Art?

Teaching art for several  years now means I’ve come across many learners and students who don’t feel confident about their art.  Even those that are clearly very talented can doubt themselves and compare their art with others, so how can we feel more confident about our art?  I offer a few tips on a few things that can help.

Getting used to sharing

One of the biggest barriers to confidence is showing your art to others.  Those of us who are not in the habit of showing others and getting feedback can build up a real fear of sharing art or even people seeing what we are doing.  If you can find a way of sharing your art such as attending a class where others will see your work or even an online forum your confidence will grow.  There is something about overcoming this barrier that gives confidence, even if the feedback isn’t positive.

Sharing your artwork
Being in an art class is a great way to share with others

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What is a ‘Warm Up Exercise’ in Art?

It is very common in many art classes, particularly drawing classes to start with a ‘warm up’ exercise and we are not talking keep fit!  What is it and why is it important?

Just like a music lesson where you might start with a vocal warm up, a drawing warm up does the same.  It is a way of getting ready to work on more developed studies and getting us ready to draw and paint.  A drawing warm up is not about producing polished studies, it is a quick activity of usually ten to twenty minutes that usually concentrates on one particular skill.

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