So Many Art Classes

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Since 2012, I started to get back into my art.  Now the best advice I have is to keep working on your art every day.  EVERY DAY.   Do I follow my own advice?  No.  But I give great advice.  I should follow my own advice but that is another post.

I’ve taken and spent a lot of money over the past few years taking art classes.  I’ve gone to weekend classes, week long classes, taken online classes and watched an untold number of youtube videos.  There are a lot of options out there to learn art.  Some free, some cheaper than others.

One of the best thing about taking an art class or seminar is getting a chance to meet other artists.  I’ve met people from across the country.  Some really amazing people.  Some who are established artists making an incredible amount of money.  Some are changing their careers trying to break into a new field of art, and some like myself are starting to build a new art career.  This has been my favorite part of the art classes.

This summer I will be going to the Illustration Master Class in June.  This is the most expensive class I have paid for.  It is also an opportunity to spend an entire week working on art, each day and every day.  I will have the opportunity to focus entirely on oil painting.  I also have the benefit of having some of the greatest illustrators in fantasy art teaching me.  It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for most of the past year! This class is almost $3000 dollars and has been a big investment.

You don’t have to spend that much for an art class or a seminar.  There are MANY good programs and seminars to investigate.  Online programs, and videos can teach you a lot.  If you have an interest in watercolor painting, oils, drawing or sculpture there are some great teachers who are posting videos online about these topics.  Check them out and see if they are of interest to you.

There have been several great art podcasts or critique shows that I have become devoted to.  The first was the weekly art crit group but I’ve been following One Fantastic Week each week.  This weekly show has introduced me to a lot of new artists that I’ve never heard of but found to be great artists.

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One thought on “So Many Art Classes

  1. Hey Kirk, I’ve got a couple more resources for you to look into. For a website you can display artwork, protect it behind a watermark, and sell it as prints or on items, check out deviantart.com .

    My roommate has her own chainmail business and she streams live at twitch.tv . They have a creative channel where artists can stream tutorials or let folks watch them work. They get donations or sell work. It seems like a good community.

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