Self Taught Artists


When I see this statement, I have to admit that it bothers me.  It bothers me a lot.  What the heck is a Self Taught Artist?    Are there self taught writers?  Self Taught dancers?  Self taught actors?

When I look back on my history as an artist, I have had a lot of great teachers, mentors and instructors.  I have taken formal art classes, I have read numerous art books, watched instructional videos and blogs to soak up their information.  I have attended workshops, and build a group of artist friends that I have turned to for advice, critique and instruction.  I can not possibly say that I am a self taught artist.

What I can state is that my teachings are now self directed.  I am no longer enrolled in a formal art school but I continue to seek out workshops and professional artists where I can advance my skills.   At the end of this month I will be participating in a 12 week conceptual art summer camp.  Then in November, I will be participating in the One Fantastic Weekend hosted by 6 professional artists.

I appreciate all the instructors and mentors who have contributed to my education.  This is why it drives me crazy when people say they are self taught.

Larry Elmore teaching perspective

Larry Elmore teaching perspective


Art blogs, online instruction and mentors


Art lessons are not just taught in school anymore.  Today you can find art instruction all over the web.  Some lessons are shared online for free and some teachers are creating art schools online.  I follow several online podcasts, some audio and some video podcasts.  I frequent Artists Helping Artists, One Fantastic Week and several other online tutorials from YouTube to expand my knowledge.

I use to buy a variety of instructional art books and videos.  But my favorite teachings come from professional artists.  I’ve taken classes with Larry Elmore, Noah Bradley, and Chris Oatley.  I have learned the most by studying from people working in the field of art.  It has helped me to expand my craft and I recommend that people interested learning art, seek out a mentor and study with them.