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    Opinion on Art Classes

    Hi!

    I'm new to the forums but I wanted some opinions on this: I'm really interested in art, and I've been drawing and painting for years. I don't see myself improving much, though, and I feel over my head so I was suggested to take art classes.
    I've had a few bad experiences with art classes, though, so I'm rather hesitant to take one again. Once I expected to learn and it was more like arts and crafts for children, another time I got no attention from the instructor.

    The classes in my area are mostly at community centers. Should I maybe take classes online or find a private teacher? Do you have any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Do whatever you like. Try several approaches and pick the one that works the best for you.

    What's important is that you want to improve your skill, and to do that you'll need to work on it, classes or not. So begin with identifying what, exactly, you want to get better at, and tailor your practice to addressing the problems you find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanmx View Post
    Hi!

    I'm new to the forums but I wanted some opinions on this: I'm really interested in art, and I've been drawing and painting for years. I don't see myself improving much, though, and I feel over my head so I was suggested to take art classes.
    I've had a few bad experiences with art classes, though, so I'm rather hesitant to take one again. Once I expected to learn and it was more like arts and crafts for children, another time I got no attention from the instructor.

    The classes in my area are mostly at community centers. Should I maybe take classes online or find a private teacher? Do you have any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.
    Well depending on what kind of art you want to do. I recommend taking a workshop from a successful nationally recognized artist.

    Joe Paquet for landscape painting

    Rob Liberace for Figure painting

    Nathan Fowkes for Concept art

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    Without knowing what you want to do, or knowing what classes you want to take, and even the fact the classes are not even described on this thread...I'm not sure what advice you want.

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    Community center classes are usually pretty cheap, keep trying, you may hit something good.


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    Check out the local community/state college and look for workshops that might be in your area -- search online (Google) if you have to. When inspecting any nearby schools and teachers, remember to look for their (the instructor's) artwork so you can see if it's worth shelling out cash to try and learn from them.

    Also, good artists don't always make good teachers. You might be able to look up student reviews online, but those are fairly biased...so it's hard to say whether or not you'll get your bang for your buck. The most you can do is look at their body of work and see if it's worth taking out cash or not to be taught by them.

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    Learn from many sources not one.

    Take a class, teach yourself, study under someone if possible, find a buddy also interested in art to compare with, create a sketchbook on here, start a youtube account, travel to workshops, etc...

    All of these help each in their own way. Do you have to do all of them? Nope. Are some better/quicker than others? Possibly. Should you be drawing right now? Yes very much so.

    Helps us on our journey. Comments and critiques are welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanmx View Post
    I've had a few bad experiences with art classes, though, so I'm rather hesitant to take one again.

    The classes in my area are mostly at community centers.
    Everyone has had a few bad experiences with art classes...that's why the good ones, and good instructors are in such high demand.

    If you're community is large enough to have classes at community centers you likely live in an area where there may be a community college or university? That still doesn't guarantee much though, but don't discount the community center courses, sometimes you find a gem amongst them.

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