I am a self-taught artist. There I’ve said it. First, it took me years, decades actually to refer to myself as an artist. However, that is irrelevant to this post. Instead I will focus on a few of ways I have found to teach myself.
What I do
- I learn from hanging out with others who create art in my medium and outside of my medium. Over the years I have been a member of a quilt guild, SAQA, more than a handful of critique groups and Cohasset Open Studios. I learn from the other members by observing, asking questions and even having to answer questions. The latter helps me solidify my own understanding.
- I take classes. If something intrigues me or if I am stuck, I find a class. What a gift online classes are! I can take them at my convenience and at a speed that is comfortable. Many classes relate to fiber art, but an equal number focus on the business and technology required to share my art and I also take art in other media, such as drawing or mixed media.
- Experimentation is key. Just because I take classes doesn’t mean I follow them to the letter. In fact, I am just as likely to tweak a lesson in order to find out what happens when I stray. If my experimentation goes badly, well, I’ve learned something. If it goes well, I likely have a new tool in my artist box to use in the future.
- Then there is Nike’s motto, “Just do it.” The more art I make the more confident I become. Each week I choose an online drawing tutorial and do it. Recently, I caught myself tweaking the drawings. Talk about artistic license. 🙂
Why Self Teaching
There are times when I am envious of artists who have formal training. However, being a self taught artist is better suited to my temperament. How about you? What do you do to grow in your vocation or avocation?
I’ve caught up with How Does Your Garden Grow, my 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. June’s color will be announced next week. Can’t wait?
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