Why You Should Take an Art Class!

Art. The center of the universe.

Nah, but it is important. What would we have without color, images, or sound? A boring life.

As an artist, I wouldn’t be able to live without it, but an average student may not feel the need to take an art class.

This doesn’t mean you have to immerse yourself in constant painting. You can take anything from art appreciation to computer art to oil painting. There is a wide number of art classes or art related classes that you can take to satisfy your requirement, but I would definitely recommend getting out of your element and trying something new.

That’s what I decided to do this year.

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I used to draw mostly cartoons and anime~style sketches, but recently I’ve delved in to drawing more realistic people. Sometimes I just doodle random designs all over the paper (I’m sure many of you have too).

I’ve always been interested in learning how to paint. Of course, I know you use a brush and liquidy colors to cover a white canvas with whatever you wish, but there was always something mystical about it.  So this semester, I signed up for oil painting 250. For some reason I was expecting to just slap some paint on a palette and go at the canvas with all of the creativity within my being…but it wasn’t like that at all.

We spent a few days sketching our still life, which I found awkward because I never draw standing up. It’s something I had to get used to. I transferred my drawing to the canvas and grabbed my paints. I learned that you have to mix the oil paints using a palette knife with a vehicle (linseed oil, turpenoid, etc. ) to form a smooth buttery paint. You can make so many different hues just by adding a little black or white, and warming up the tone with some raw umber. This class is a nice change of pace from the rest of my curriculum. All of these new techniques were fascinating to me and I still think that oil painting is a very mystical style of painting.

I’m learning all about oil painting from a really awesome professor. He goes by his last name, which I think is cool because most artists are referred to by using their last names, just like Monet, Van Gogh, or Degas. It’s really inspiring to learn from a true oil painter. I’ve also met so many fellow artists in this class!

At first, the point of this blog was to convince you to take an art class (which I would still recommend because they are super fun), but now I think I should tell you that it’s more important to take classes that interest you. You can meet so many new people with common interests and even make some cool new friends.

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