Sometimes I feel almost embarrassed to say that I’m following classes for something that I try to make money with. But it really is a good thing to keep learning as a creative entrepreneur. I think that there is no such thing as knowing everything and since I have only been painting for around 7 years I still have a lot to learn.
These classes really help me to try new things or paint things I never thought of. Also learning new exersizes and practising, in general, is great. I think that the main thing is just the feedback that can really benefit you.
Good and Bad Teachers
So I have had a few of painting classes now. I wanted to publish this after my first painting class. But unfortunately, there were some complications as I did not get any feedback in that first lesson. The teacher that I had then proceeded to call my work boring and the colours ugly which weren’t the best remarks. Especially since she did not really offer any advice on how to then solve that.
I just decided that this teacher was not for me. Her remarks were really getting me down and preventing me from drawing and painting in my own time. Hence the lack of work and updates.
I don’t think I’m someone who doesn’t handle critique well. I was in art classes for 6 years and that teacher really was serious about it. These were just a lot more vicious and since she did not really give me anyway to improve on it.
So I changed class and I now have the most amazing and nice teacher who has great feedback on my work. I don’t mean that she only compliments thing or something. I mean actual helpful feedback with remarks and ways to improve but not in a mean destroying way.
I think that if you want to learn something you need a teacher that you feel comfortable with and whose teaching style fits you!
A new place to paint
The painting classes are not really painting classes as in you learn one thing at a time or start with basics. Most of the people there already have basic knowledge. The classes are more so a place to get a theme and feedback.
The classroom that I’m in is actually the attic of an old police station (1908). The view from there is absolutely stunning as I can see the entire city at the horizon. The light in there is amazing as well. An Attic sounds dark to me, but that is luckily not the case at all.
This new place to paints really gives me a new burst of inspiration.
The whole room is set up very spacey and contains everything that you could need. I really love it as a place to paint. Since I do not have a separate room for art I just paint in my bedroom so getting a professional set up like that really is a treat to me.
What I love the most are the painting easels. I only have desk one but the ones there are huge and so gorgeous.
I think the atmosphere in there is amazing. Since everybody is being creative, it really gets me going. We paint for an hour and then we take a half hour break before doing another hour. The breaks are not mandatory and when I get into painting I like to keep going. I did notice that I’m a slow painter apparently because almost everybody is already on to their second work.
I also really like that I now have a designated time for painting. Like I mentioned in my “day in the life” I try to save painting for the afternoons and evenings, but I end up working sometimes.
Trying new things
Like I said before, the painting classes really are a great pace for me to paint entirely new things and things I had never thought of before.
I love the fact that we have gotten a very broad theme and that we are completely free to give our own spin on it. Currently, we are painting boats. I love this theme and the teacher offered a lot of inspiration material. For my project, I decided to try my hand at a really old Dutch painting style. I think it will really help me practising light, water and atmosphere.
I’m also enrolled in my good friend Romica’s painting class for which she is starting a session on the 9th of November over at skillshare. I absolutely love her idea and I think this class will be so much fun. We will be making letter paper so do check it out!
I think it is very important for me to keep learning as a creative entrepreneur and artist. I always want to be the best version of me.
Of course, I know that painting lessons can be very expensive. 3 Alternatives are; painting with fellow friends or artists, asking feedback online or just using lessons and resources online.
I would love to know if you ever followed any classes for your trade and if they helped you (or your business). Do you think it is important to keep learning?
Let me know!