In the last month, I've had a couple of posts about how to improve our knowledge and our competence as artists.
- In Living the dream - how conscious are you of your own competence? I looked at a particularly model for framing our knowledge - what we know. It suggested a way of working out "what we know we know" and "what we don't know we don't know".
- Outstanding performance - a talent or 10,000 hours of practice? considered the notion that 10,000 hours is the minimum requirement for becoming seriously good at whatever you want to do.
I think most of us probably agree that there is absolutely no substitute for just getting on and "doing" when it comes to learning about art. Practice, practice, practice is a mantra for us all if we're ever going to ratchet up our 10,000 hours and achieve outstanding performance!
Plus if we want to be the best we can we be, we need to know something about what looks like and how it is achieved.
But how to get there? That's the question to be addressed by the Making A Mark Poll in February.
We all have to start somewhere and for the adult artist there are various ways of finding out more about art and learning about art.
Which works best? I guess it's always going to be a case of there is no one right answer. What works is what works best for each individual.
Many successful professional artists have never studied for a degree in fine art. I've seen lots of incredibly effective art produced by people who were trained as illustrators rather than painters. A lot of people who studied fine art at university think that they really only started to learn after they graduated.
So, assuming we all agree that "Practice, Practice, Practice" is essential and therefore excluded from this poll, what's the best approach for improving your art education which involves a third party.
What's the most effective way of improving your art education? What have you personally found to be the most useful way of learning more about art? Is it
- higher education/an art degree?
- atelier method/private instruction?
- short workshops with professional artists?
- regular local art class?
- membership of an art group/society
- museums & art history resources?
- online art forums/projects?
- online art blogs/projects?
- art instruction books/art journals?
You can find the poll in the right hand column - just below the followers widget.
I'm very interested to hear what your views are on this subject., Please share by leaving a comment below (click "comments"). I use all the comments left from those participating in the poll to inform the analysis at the end of the month when I report the results.
Links: See also
- Outstanding performance - a talent or 10,000 hours of practice?)
- Living the dream - how conscious are you of your own competence?
- The Making A Mark Poll - Resources for Artists - see the questions asked and the results of all previous polls