The Importance of Experimenting in Art

I thought I would write this post because having taught hundreds of learners I recognise two types of learner.  Those that experiment and those that won’t and I am sure you can guess which learners have the best results.

What do I mean by experimenting and why is it so important?

I am essentially talking about a free mind to experiment and try things out without knowing where it will lead.  This approach allows discoveries to be made which is part of the learning creative process.  By trying things out we get to discover our own unique style in art, what media we like, the types of marks we can make etc.

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Can I Learn to Draw and Paint Later in Life?

The short answer is of course you can! Having a creative hobby or interest later in life has many benefits, surveys show that those who engage in art live longer as it enhances both mental and physical health.

Many of my learners are picking up a paintbrush or pencil after years and years of not having any creative hobby in their lives.  The idea that these learners can suddenly learn and know everything is unfair on themselves. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to make ‘mistakes’ there are really no mistakes in art, only learning. The main thing is not to think about all those younger learners who started earlier but to enjoy the process now.

Using a drawing board for drawing offers more flexibility to draw at different angles
Art is a great hobby for later in life

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