How to choose the online art class that’s right for you

Nowadays there are many art classes on the internet. Some are informative and even inspirational. Others do not adequately cover the content or you may find it difficult to follow the instructions. Some have far too many ads that you have to click through to find the subject or lessons you want. Others are simplistic, dumb down the lesson, provide very little information, and leave the student betrayed or bored.

While some art education websites offer many areas of study, e.g. e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, others may only offer one area, e.g. B. Drawing. The variety of topics presented does not necessarily guarantee the quality of the site. But how can you tell a good art learning site from a bad one, especially if you’re not that familiar with the subject matter?

Here’s a guide: a checklist that will help you choose a good site – one that’s easy to understand and will provide a rewarding learning experience for you.

* Does the website deliver what it promises? Believe it or not, some don’t. For example, if they say they offer free tuition, is the tuition actually free or is there a hidden “enrollment fee” or other type of fee to access the information.

* Is it easy to find the lessons you want to take, or do you have to click through multiple ads to find them? Often the content of the lessons on this type of site lacks quality since the site is simply a monetization tool.

* Is the guide rich in information, clear and step-by-step? Many websites offer a wealth of information that is difficult to understand and confuses the student about the next step in learning. You want to be able to easily follow the instructions and have the opportunity to thoroughly understand the specific information before proceeding to the next step. It will not help you if the lesson assumes that you know a certain field of study, ignores it and leaves many questions unanswered.

* Are there pictures or videos that show you specific processes, techniques and work examples for the respective field of study? There are several websites that offer lessons without visual references. For the visual arts, that’s like offering a cooking class without having access to a working kitchen!

* Is there a facility that offers interaction with the website teachers? Can you email or phone a real teacher if you have a question about your learning process? AND, can you submit images of your in-progress artwork for a critique?

* Be wary of webpages titled “How To Draw A—“. Why? Because while a website may provide clear, concise instructions on how to draw a nose, it’s a “quick and dirty” approach to drawing skill. Where you can indeed learn how to draw a nose, at some point you will want to draw a mouth, eyes, lips, etc. A quality art lesson website can teach you basic drawing skills that will allow you to draw anything. The How to Draw a Nose approach is similar to How to Build a Shed by showing how to nail two boards together.

* Good artists are not necessarily good teachers. Websites that showcase an artist’s beautiful work and then offer their guide either via e-books, online subscriptions, or workshops imply that you’ll be able to paint the way they do in no time. This approach is similar to the diet being promoted by the slim and beautiful young woman who is talking about how easily and quickly she lost thirty pounds! Look for testimonials from students who have taken classes with the artist/teacher. Look for examples of student work, especially if you’re paying college tuition.

* Does the website offer a package of art materials for each course? Or does the website specifically define what you need for your class before class? In art this is very important. Bad materials work poorly and often the visual effects you want to achieve cannot be achieved with poor quality or simply with the wrong materials and media. Art is a close dialogue between eye, hand and material. You bring your fine pair of eyes and eager hands to the lesson. It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide clear and concise information about what materials you will need for each lesson.

* On the other hand, carefully examine the syllabus of any site that offers elaborate packages of art materials, such as B. Beautifully polished wooden boxes of oil paints, extremely expensive brushes and canvases, etc. Compare what they offer you for purchase against similar materials available from your local art supply store or reputable online art supply stores.

* Question any sort of “certificate or degree” that says you’re now an accredited artist or expert in a particular field of study, especially if you’ve paid for your tuition. Although your achievement is worthy and should make you feel good, art learning, like any other field of study, should not be constrained by assumed expertise. There is always a need to improve your skills and develop new ones in order to become competent as an artist.

* Finally, you are looking for a form of teaching that is compatible with your personality. Students who are aligned with their teacher have learned better; faster and easier. And a teacher should be one you admire, who inspires you and advises you every step of the way. The experience of learning art is above all a joyful and inspiring experience!

Thanks to Lois Dewitt | #choose #online #art #class

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