It often is surprising to find out that many successful artists whose work we admire continue taking art classes throughout their lives. They view their art practices as journeys, and remain committed to enhancing and refining their existing skills as well as expanding to learn new ones.
When attending in-person classes is not possible due COVID-19, online classes are worth considering. The array of options recently has expanded greatly, and many include interactive components during classes as well as between classes via private groups, often using social media platforms. Since the internet works for study with artists from all over the world, the possibilities are vast.
A quick internet search will bring up a plethora of opportunities covering an amazing array of art classes, many at low or no cost. From museums to universities, and online educational platforms to individual artists and art centers/coops/galleries, there is something for everyone. There are also YouTube videos galore on too many topics to list, all easily searchable.
If you are struggling to figure out what to take, reach out to artists in your network to see what classes they recommend. Often, artists you don’t know personally but follow on social media will share ideas if asked; it is one way they give back to their supportive communities. Artists like to share information with people who are interested in what they do, and typically are happy to refer you to specific experts in the types of things you want to learn that are in their wheelhouse. So, don’t be shy about reaching out for suggestions and direction. And of course, be willing to do that for anyone who contacts you for the same type of guidance.
The art community is vital to us, and society. Continuing your participation via classes may be just what helps you continue your practice in a meaningful and successful way.