• Susan Kemp

TOGETHER WE LEARN AND CREATE

Updated: Jun 11

Many artists work in isolation and do not get enough opportunity to mix with like-minded people. Still, full-time artists often spend a lot of time working on their own, while other people share their work environments with at least a few or even a lot of other people. Artists who hold daytime jobs are also mostly confined to lonesome creative efforts after hours.

For some, a solution to this dilemma is to present classes and courses, for others to attend them. It could provide structure to the art practice of both the student and the tutor.


Most artists love sharing their knowledge and rubbing shoulders with other artists. Art classes and courses equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience to set you on your way in the wonderful world of art or to expand your existing skill set. In addition to the hands-on aspects of painting and drawing, you also benefit from information and discussions about marketing and sharing your work, and on how to set up your studio and approach your creative life.

Developing your creativity can in itself entail quite a learning curve. Sharing thoughts and advice in this regard with fellow creatives is one of the huge benefits of a stimulating class environment.

Imagine learning how to paint in watercolours, oils, acrylics; how to draw and mix colours; or expanding your knowledge and experience in these fields. You do not need to be able to draw a perfect figure to benefit from a figure drawing class or course. Drawing from life and especially drawing the human figure (clothed or not!) increases your artistic skills all-round.

Joining other artists and art students in a class situation provides the opportunity to learn not only from the tutor but also through the learning process of fellow students. This is an environment for accelerated learning. Pay attention when anybody asks a question or is given advice in a class situation. Depending on how many people are in the class with you, you could learn two- to six-fold more than in an individual class or when you are working on your own.

When you learn colour theory in a class situation, you become familiar witha much wider range of colours and paint brands than when you plough ahead on your own. You compare results, find out what colours or brands you need to add to your collection, and also get to try out the colours used by your tutor and fellow students.

Artists love sharing!

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