What art classes are available today?
CLASSES OF ASSEMBLY LINE
You may have attended assembly line classes. Everybody brought snacks and wine. It was a happy time! Party! The lesson was simple and everyone painted the same and everyone was happy to take home a picture they didn’t think they could paint.
Maybe after this fun time you realized that the art classes you took part in were not more than just a game of copying, but maybe for you it was a bit like eating Chinese and be hungry two hours later. What did you stay with?
Then there was another class and the method of painting was different. You took a picture of your home or pet and when you went for the session, wine and cheese and party again and took home a picture of your pet, your home or whatever you copied on canvas. Now everyone has an image of their pet or home that they have copied from a predefined template.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE ASSEMBLY LINE?
Nothing is wrong with the assembly line as long as you want to do fast food art, have fun, drink wine, and have a snack. In fact, the art of the assembly line (and many didactic enterprises are franchisees just like Pizza Hut) provides fun seekers that deal with art. You can bring your friends and your own wine. This makes you much more open to play – and this experience is safer than a bar, especially for single women. And then, when students place their photos on the living room wall, they verify the mass production that has been driving the country for decades. This is a market that will always do well with the next car, the next toaster and so on, the next “painting”.
For 200 years we have been learning through rote through our educational system. To this day, this is how the accumulation of “knowledge” is defined and the way in which our knowledge expertise is defined. In this way, in principle, a lot of students are still assessed and this factor, which shows how one type of learning is built, has limited us, individually, communally and as a nation. Perhaps this is why, as a nation, we have seen a gloomy demonstration in the world for students who were able to think for themselves, explore new and better techniques and skills and invent better cousins, computers, production methods, socio-economic remedies for global warming, better family relationships and the promotion of creativity in art, music, dance and more.
DO WHAT I DO, LIKE TEACHING ART
You may see an advertisement or something that touches a famous artist who offers art lessons online or in a workshop. The trainer shows students how to paint a painting very close to the technique they use to create their own works of art. This is really useful, much more than an assembly line, because here is an artist who shares his or her techniques with you and helps you to repeat them. It’s a step up from the assembly line in the sense that getting to know the artist and how he works is a very rich experience. Copying what they do, however, ultimately blocks you from immersing yourself in your creative self, unless this artist-instructor of your choice requires you to make that journey.
AN INDIVIDUAL ART INSTRUCTION
Art is personal communication with your creative interior. It deals with the phenomenon of the right-handed brain, which means that you have to learn this part of the brain in order to be truly creative. For some, accessing and staying with this part of the brain is easy, for others it is difficult. We all live in the left brain, which defines, graphs, charts, storylines of our daily existence and does it very well.
SO WHAT IS THE RIGHTEOUS BRAIN?
The right brain is a very ephemeral field, a world of dreams, a subconscious and dedicated to exploration, research and very good at exploring your wonderful creative possibilities of imagination and visualization. But sometimes it is difficult to get there and stay there. Therefore, copying, duplicating with an instructor is more convenient, because it is still a process of definition. And so, good works of art may come from it – but they do not necessarily enrich the person you were supposed to go to – it is a person who fully engages both hemispheres and makes them logical, defines, charts himself, shakes hands with his dream, mysterious, visionary artistic self. We are all built to achieve the best we can, I think, by combining these two brain entities.
WELCOME TO YOUR CREATIVE
Classes in good quality art teaching will open the way to yourselves by learning artistic skills and techniques. In hindsight, it can be seen that dealing with the inner creative self is not as attractive at first as having wine and snacks and brushing out a pre-determined image.
But once you have mastered the basic painting, the ability to draw, get to know your own creative self and start feeding yourself with its richness, you will be led in your own personal direction. The personal direction is the link between the skills you have learned and your deep, creative self. Drilling in this self is not easy. All well and well, but how to draw an oak tree and how to bring your own feelings and memories to the brush strokes and colors you put down requires a lot of skill and creative communication with yourself.
ARE YOU READY TO CREATE?
Small art classes engage students in their own journey. There are many art instructors associated in community colleges, senior citizens’ centres, galleries and websites that offer these kinds of qualitative, informative instructions.
My recommendation is that when it comes to engaging and demanding art teaching, find quality art teaching locally or on the Internet. Do not waste another minute on “fast food” nourishing your own creativity unless you want to have a good time wine with pieces of wine in a safe place. And if there is an artist or art instructor whose works you admire, sign up for their classes. Remember, however, that you have a deep, embedded, rich and building resource in your own brain. Find someone who understands it and will enrich your life through creativity!