Saturday, June 04, 2016

Being a self-taught artist

Have you ever felt the need to explain or defend what it means to be a self-taught artists?

A self-taught artist is normally defined as someone who has no post secondary education in art but is learning and practicing art on their own.

There are many types of self-taught artists. Some just explore with the paint and develop their skills on their own. Others use various resources such as books, videos, online courses and videos, etc. to learn and practice their art. With today's electronic world, it is easier and easier to learn about creating art and receive feedback. I do believe that critique is essential for growth. This can be obtained in numerous ways. Art Tutor gallery comments is often a safe means of seeking constructive feedback. There are also numerous workshops for those interested.

Learning from others is critical. A teacher will stretch you further than you can go by yourself, they will expose you to things you might never find on your own. They will expose you to a different levels of thinking. Also, there are certain learning environments that are impossible to create on your own.

Luckily there are a number of self-taught artists who have extensive fan bases and are able to make a living through their art. It’s not easy, but it just goes to show that it is possible to become a successful artist without having a degree or “formal training”. This by no means implies that formal art instruction is not necessary altogether. It is very much an option for those who have the time and money to do it.

What's your reaction when asked if you have a formal art education?
This week's artist find is Amy Lewandowski
Amy Lewandowski  watercolour
Have a great week

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