10 Advanced Techniques for Getting the BEST Art Education Ever
So you've joined a nearby museum. You're visiting once a month with notebook, sketchbook and camera in hand. You're taking time to really look at paintings, write about them, analyze them and copy them in the form of a sketch. You diligently read the information cards on the wall. But what else can you do if you're really serious about getting a top notch art education?
Hang on to your hats, here we go!
- Get acquainted with a broad overview of art history. There are plenty of great books but they tend to be really huge, more than even the most enthusiastic student may want to tackle. My suggestion, purchase A History of European Art on DVD taught by William Kloss (sign up for eBates and earn cash back on your purchase).
- After you finish the DVD set, take a docent led tour through the near by museum you are now a member of, take notes on any artist or art movement that will be particularly helpful to your own work.
- Purchase a book on the art movement that you selected. Buy through the museum gift shop (you'll probably save 10%, a usual member benefit) or if you're really watching your pennies look for a book used on the www.amazon.com marketplace.
- Also purchase a biography of one of the main artists in your chosen art movement.
- In your notebook write out why this particular artist/movement speaks to you and articulate qualities in these works you would like to incorporate into your own work.
- When your resources are used up or your interest begins to wane move on to another artist or movement. The important thing is to keep learning. Keep your interests fresh and enthusiasm high .In this way you will be weaving many sources of inspiration into your own work, making it a product of your unique interests and vision.
- Take advantage of gallery talks, films, lectures and any special exhibits offered at the museum as often as you can. Once you are a member you'll likely receive a newsletter and email updates from the museum.
- Visit the museum or a special exhibit with another artist with the express purpose of discussing the art. This can be a wonderful and stimulating way to explore works of art and to help you clarify your ideas and opinions about different styles and artists.
- Take a friend or family member to the museum who would like to learn more about art and you take the role of tour guide. There is no better way to sharpen your own understanding of a subject than to have to explain it to someone else.
- Finally, right a summary of the types of art that have influenced your own work, why they interest you and how you incorporate elements from them into your own work. This may be succinct or in-depth whatever you are comfortable with. This document now becomes something you can share with collectors, galleries, or use if you are ever interviewed, apply for a grant, or you can incorporate parts of it into your artist statement or publish it on your website or blog. You now have one more polished piece of written communication that will help others understand and connect with your work.