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Picture your success with a Painting Course

Learning to paint is a fantastic skill. It can be relaxing. It can be fun. It is a wonderful form of self-expression. Taking the time to complete a course in painting can form a part of an education in art history – or the first step on an artist receiving formal training.

Whatever the reason that you decide to take a course in painting, there are many different options to choose from. These options range from diplomas to postgraduate courses, and each one will help advance your painting skills in a different way. This means it is important to take the time to make the right choice before you apply and find the course that is perfect for you.

Why do I need to learn about painting? Isn’t it just something you can learn with practice, like playing music?

While yes, you can just learn to paint by spending hundreds of hours in front of a canvas, formal training is always a good idea. There is so much to learn that having a professional on hand to advise you on the best way to improve.

Painting will provide a new perspective on life. This will show you a different way of looking at great art and provide an understanding that will increase appreciation of existing artworks. Furthermore, improving your skills in one area will improve skills in another. The better you get at different aspects of painting, the more you will find other talents have improved along with it.

If you are new to painting, then there are many different things you need to learn before you get started for the first time. Which paint should you use? What is gouache? How does paint feel? Luckily, a course in painting can teach you all about this, and more:

  • Applying paint to the canvas. This is not always as easy as it sounds – with so many things to do before painting, and so many different ways to do it. Having an experienced artist show you which paints to use, and how to apply them can help any artist just starting out.
  • Brush strokes and how to create the right ones, using a mix of media.
  • Use of colour. While choosing your colour scheme sounds as if it ought to be simple, creating a nuanced pallet can transform a work.
    o Mixing colours is also a surprisingly tough job. An instructional section on mixing colour can help with one of the trickiest parts of painting.

There’s so much to learn! How will I manage it?

Painting is a calming activity and can be an excellent form of therapy. Courses on offer are flexible. Whether you are looking to make painting a career, or a hobby, there is sure to be the right option for you. If you don’t want to study everything about painting on a single course then consider trying out a more specific course. With specialisations ranging from colour choice to painting specific cityscapes, you can choose to focus your energies on just one or two aspects, not take on the whole world at once.

What can I expect to do when I finish?

Taking a course in any art form is a deeply personal experience, and just what you want to do with it is up to you. However, students that finish the course will come away with a better understanding of how to create beautiful art on the canvas. Whatever you choose to use it for, a course can help transform both your art, and your potential as an artist.

Kevin Branigan

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