In person and online art classes are everywhere these days. Which should you take?
There are benefits for taking both types of classes.
In Person Art Classes
There is nothing like taking an in person class. You get the direct instruction of the teacher. You can see how she does the steps and you can ask to see it again. One of the best parts about an in person class is that one on one interaction with the instructor. You can ask questions directly. You can get help immediately. You also have the benefit of being in a group and seeing other peoples ideas and process. These are all great things. If you have the opportunity to learn an art skill through an in person class you should definitely go for it. Watching videos and looking at art books can be helpful but having a real person showing you and explaining the steps to you makes it so much easier. Another benefit of in person classes is that sometimes all the supplies are provided. This let's you try it out without going out and buying a bunch of supplies you may never use again.
Give an in person class a try. You may just find your new favorite hobby and meet some wonderful like minded souls in the process.
Online Art Classes
Online art classes can be as meaningful a learning experience as in person classes. A quality online class should provide step by step instruction through written content, photos and video tutorials. One of the great parts of taking an online class is you can work on it at your own pace. This flexibility makes online learning very appealing to people with busy work schedules. To get the most out of your online class be sure to complete the lessons and participate in any assignments and discussions. This is where you will get questions answered, a feeling of community and help if you need it. Online classes are excellent choices for people who are self motivated and like the flexibility of learning using technology. Another great reason to take an online class is if the instructor lives far away and offers in person classes you just can't get to. An online class is a wonderful platform to learn from famous and experienced artists and instructors from all over the world.
Whichever type of class you decide to take your attitude is key to your success. Have an open mind. Be positive. Let go of wanting to be perfect at it the first time. Let yourself be a beginner. Let yourself explore, play and mess up. Give yourself time to do the work. Give yourself time to practice.