Why It’s Never Too Late to Become an Artist

Starting something new can be scary but never trying at all can be even more terrifying. Creativity is a great way to add more meaning to your life and if you’ve always felt in your heart that being an artist is your true purpose, then why not start today.

GET SUPPLIES & GET STARTED

The best thing you can do is not overthink this. Go to an art store, buy some paint brushes, basic paint, a sketch pad, and colored pencils, go home and start creating. You could even start with YouTube step-by-step tutorials. But before you do, create your art vibe. Sit near your window or outside with great natural light, put on your favorite music, grab a glass of wine, and get to it.

JOIN AN ART COMMUNITY or ART ORGANIZATION

Networking with the local artists in your area or joining a national arts organization is a great way to help you obliterate fear and create a great support system for your beginning stages.

National Art Education Association

https://www.arteducators.org/

National Association of Women Artists, INC.

National Endowment for the Artshttps://www.arts.gov/partners/state-regional

GET A MENTOR Make a list of local artists and art shop owners and ask them if you can stop by to briefly chat with them. If the answer is yes, make sure you take notes, show appreciation (bring a small gift if possible), and ask them if it’s ok if you stay in touch.

TAKE CLASSES

According to study.com, you can take stand-alone classes, workshops, or enter a degree program. Whatever you decide, here are some of the basic concepts and class courses offered in many art schools.

Concepts: Fundamentals of drawing, Principles of design, Acrylic painting techniques, Watercolor painting techniques, How to critique artwork
Common Courses:
-Drawing courses will focus on the elements of drawing, such as composition, line, proportion, perspective and light and shading techniques.
-Painting courses might cover the use of watercolors, acrylics or oils. These courses teach students to paint landscapes, abstracts, still life compositions and portraits.
-Art history courses generally cover a specific time period, teaching students to recognize various artists and styles from that era, such as Greek, Byzantine or Renaissance work. Students may travel to art museums and galleries to view works of influential artists such as Picasso or Matisse.
-Photography courses are typically offered for both film and digital cameras, and courses covering computer photography editing programs are also widely available. Students can learn the basic function of cameras and lenses, as well as how to compose shots using various lighting techniques.
-Sculpture courses tend to work with clay, and as skills are developed, courses working with wax, metal, wood or non-traditional materials may be available.

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