I am an art teacher and it always surprises me when kids tell me they don’t want to take art class because they don’t know how to draw! Really? Did you know how to do calculus before you took a math class? Did you know the Preamble to the Constitution before you took American History? Probably not. So when people say, “But I don’t know how to draw!” I say, “GOOD! You’ve come to the right place!”
Not everyone was born with a natural artistic talent. Sure it comes easier to some than others but we all have room to learn and grow. We can all achieve some level of talent with the right tools and lots of practice. The key is to find what you love and build on that.
Personally I am very good at drawing, especially architectural drawing. I have a good eye for perspective and I love the meticulous technical detail that comes with architectural drawing. My passion however is for painting. I can get lost in a painting for hours. Painting for me is meditative and hypnotic. That doesn’t happen to me with drawing. But…painting doesn’t come easy for me. I really have to work at it.
I have tried virtually every art and craft outlet available from knitting, to scrap-booking, drawing, painting and sewing. I’ve crocheted snowflakes out of the tiniest of threads and built a chicken coop by hand with large boards and power tools. If it can be made, built, crafted or somehow put on paper I have probably tried it at least once.
My point is that being an “artist” can look like many different things. Experiment, look at art and see what stand out to you, find some tools that look fun to try. Once you have chosen the art form you wish to pursue I have three pieces of advice.
2. Allow your self to make mistakes! After all there are no mistakes in art, only happy accidents!
3. Practice some more.
One of the new features that you will regularly find here is my creativity series. I will posting tips and tutorials in all different creative areas. I will also address a variety of skill levels. There is a lot of creativity going on here on the farm and I want to share that with you. Here are a few posts you can look forward to in the near future.
Beginning Drawing 101 – I have a pencil and paper, now what?
Acrylic Painting Basics – Intuitive Abstract Painting Tutorial
What is Art Journaling?
How to Make a Simple Art Journal with an Old Magazine
Look for my art related posts on Fridays and/or Saturdays! Is there something you would like me to show? A specific tutorial you are looking for? Let me know!