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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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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