How to Get the Most Out of Your Art Class
Friday, 21 August 2020

Taking an art class could be one of the most important decisions you’ve ever made in your life. This could be where you discover your talent and go from hobbyist to actual artist. Likewise, it could also be that you start falling out of love with art, and reconsider pursuing it either as a hobby or a career. This is why it’s important that you make the right choice, and do whatever you can to commit yourself to it. Here’s how you can get the most out of your art class.

Choose the Right Class for You

The art class you pick will make a world of difference on how much you enjoy yourself, and how much you can take away from it. You have classes being held by obscure artists in remote locations with only a handful of students, and you have your run of the mill class given by instructors in your locality.
The most important factor here is not the instructor or the setting per se, but you. You have to be very specific on what you’re trying to learn. This way, you won’t end up in somebody’s class simply because you’re a big fan of their work. Some people may want to learn how to use a new medium, or technique. Some might want to loosen up their style. In either case, you have to know exactly what you’ll be getting in the class if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Note that you also have online classes like Visual Arts Passage that offer a nice alternative. Visual Arts Passage creates classes tailor made for different students that can be delivered totally online. This makes it a great option for those who don't feel like commuting to a specific class that may not be close to where they are, or even in the same country.

Have the Right Tools

It’s very important that you get a list of tools and materials that you’re going to need. Don’t expect to be able to get by with substitutes or borrowing from the instructor. They will expect you to have everything that you need, and, if you don't, there are some things that you might not be able to do. Try to get the most important things first, and if you were thinking of substituting, at least ask the instructor. They might be able to give you some suggestions.

Get There Early

You want to get there as soon as possible for your first class for a number of reasons. First, you'll get a chance to get situated and find the perfect seat for you, and you’ll get to talk with the instructor a bit. You’ll also be in a calmer state to absorb introductory modules.
Art class could be a life changing experience and where you really come into your own as an artist. Don’t waste this opportunity, and take all the steps necessary to get everything that you need from it.


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