We frequently hear from would-be students who are interested in bringing more art into their lives, but are unsure where to start. Joining an art class can seem very intimidating, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience and it can be difficult deciding which class to take.
If you’re trying to decide whether an art class is right for you, here are our top tips for taking those first important steps!
1. Remember everyone has to start somewhere!
We often get asked if our classes are suitable for beginners, and our answer is always “yes!”. Making art accessible for everyone is our biggest passion, no matter your age or level of experience. Remember, creating art is a lot like exercise. You can only improve by DOING it regularly, and after a few weeks you’ll already begin to see improvements. The longer you stick with it, the more satisfaction you’ll get.
2. Which class is right for you?
Most people will have an inkling about the kind of art they’d like to make: drawing, painting, or sculpture. If you can’t decide, think about what really stimulates you as a person. Some people are drawn to colour and would enjoy a painting class most, whereas others are more tactile and enjoy creating shapes with their fingers, so would be more suited in a sculpture class. If you’d like to go back to basics and improve your observational skills, perhaps you’d get the most from a life drawing class.
3. Bring a friend!
If going it alone feels too daunting, consider asking a friend or family member to join you. They might also want to get practising with their paintbrushes, and spending time doing something productive is a great alternative to having a meal together or going to the cinema. It will give you a regular chance to catch up, whilst also pursuing your passions!
4. Take the plunge
If you’re in two minds, we would always recommend that you sign up and give the class a try. We always call after your first class to make sure that you enjoyed it and want to continue, and if for any reason you didn’t feel like the class was beneficial for you, we are more than happy to refund your money, or offer you another class to try. We are sure, however, that this will be the start of a beautiful and creative journey!
Words from our students:
Sarah, Sculpture Student in Birmingham: “I am feeling a little apprehensive as I am a complete beginner and wouldn’t say I had any talent at all in art!”
Elinor, Painting for Pleasure Student in Manchester: “I’m having a lovely time at the class! It’s a very supportive and encouraging environment – Penny is keen to get everybody talking to each other and to share ideas. I’ve picked up a lot about technique, composition and different approaches to painting. I’m currently trying out watercolours and feel that I’ve made real progress in terms of confidence and basic skills.”
Jaimy, Creative Drawing Student in Manchester: “I used to be very good at drawing while at school and I come from a family of artists but I haven’t practised drawing for a number of years while studying at university and now working. I want to take it up again but am a bit nervous which is why I thought a class would be better than simply starting on my own. I’m not sure where it will lead or how good / bad I’ll be but just want to come along and enjoy the experience and see what happens!”
Have you been nervous to start a new class? Do you have any tips for getting started with a new hobby? We’d love to hear from you!
Author: Clara Tait