I used to do a lot of art, I took classes all through junior high and high school, but my senior year I made the mistake of taking "AP Studio Art" with a teacher that was anything but good. She was very discouraging, only seemed to have any help for people who were brown nosers, and I frequently got yelled at for my art (once I drew a My Little Pony-esque toy in a piece where it had a very much symbolic presence, and I got SHOUTED at for plagiarism...).
Anyways, it's been two years, and I've dabbled at trying to get my groove back off and on, but have just been feeling very discouraged. I don't know where to go. I know probably the best thing is to take a figure drawing or painting class, but I'm just terrified of having another really bad art teacher. My friends tell me I'm better than most of the art majors here, but they're biased, and I do work in different mediums and for different reasons than probably most of the majors, so it's really comparing apples to oranges (and seriously, I'm not that good).
Is it possible to get good/decent at art being self-taught? What's the best resource besides drawing from life (which I try to do when I get the chance).