1 – Read, read, read
Art is writing. There is a ton of literature about pretty much everything to do with art out there. Head to your local library and you’ll find plenty of books on art. But where do you begin? You don’t want to start by reading up on a specialized branch of art. Instead, find a book for beginners that’s very broad and offers more of a general overview of art without going in to too much detail. You want a book that explains things clearly but in still informative and interesting. Look online as well. If you’re keen on practicing art, you’ll find plenty of useful books and guides for beginners, as well as quite a few for more advanced artists.
2 – Viѕit gаllеriеѕ
A great way to expand your knowledge of art is to visit art galleries. Most galleries display works of art with a short overview. Many galleries offer audio commentaries, available via headsets or other devices that you can use. Listening to the commentaries is a lot more useful and informative because they delve into more detail about specific works, different genres or periods of art, represented in the gallery. Visiting galleries offers the chance to view all sorts of art—you’ll never know what you might come across.
3 – Jоin аn аrt сlub
Joining an art club can be fun. It can also be useful, because you’ll be spending time with people who have something in common with you: a love of art. Even if you’re a complete beginner, art clubs can be a great way to expand your art knowledge, since you’ve got a group of people right there. Everyone’s different—get speaking to people about art and you’ll find yourself picking up lots of tips and hints. Don’t worry about going if you don’t know anything about art – unless the club specifically states it’s for professionals, you’ll be made to feel welcome. People do love it when newbies come along because they’re interested in art!
4 – Dо аn аrt соurѕе
Doing an art course offers a more academic approach to art. Whilst clubs tend to be more relaxed and less formal, art courses tend to be more focused and educational. You’re likely to have lots of information thrown at you, no matter what sort of art course you take, whether it’s art history or practicing art. The great thing about art courses is that the emphasis is on learning. Many courses will also offer you the chance to study more in-depth specific branches, genres or methods of art.
5 – Learn by рrасtiѕing
You can appreciate works of art by looking at them. However, you can only understand the creative process once you’ve created art of your own. The only way to understand everything about a painting is by having some painting experience yourself, for example. Practicing art gives you experience that you can’t get from reading. It gives you a much better understanding of what goes into creating a work of art.
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