15 Mar Getting the most out of your online painting course
Finding time to pursue creative hobbies can be difficult. Attending physical classes isn’t always possible due to other commitments and, of course, cost. But teaching yourself painting, for example, is extremely difficult.
If you’re totally new to painting, we think the best solution is to get online and study an online course in painting. Our Shaw Academy Online Painting Course is a great way to get started in this medium, learn the basics and begin to figure out your own style.
Is an online painting course for you?
For as long as people have been creating works of art, there has been a strong connection with painting and mental health. Some of the most famous artists of all time have highly publicised mental health issues or at least plenty of evidence to show that they used their art to express their complex feelings.
And while not everyone can be Van Gogh, there is plenty of evidence to show that painting is a good way to express yourself, take time out for yourself and improve your general wellbeing. If you’ve been having a hard time during the pandemic, for example, now could be a great time to start doing something for yourself.
Taking up painting will help you gain confidence in your own creativity and skills, develop an understanding of the medium, its history and how to create pictures that express your inner self. The Shaw Academy painting course encompasses everything from the start. Beginners will learn the very concept of art, colour theory, how to draw, use different mediums and create landscapes and portraits. It’s an excellent introduction into a whole new world.
And for painters who have some experience or would like help to get to the next level, the Advanced and Proficient modules offer expert teaching in more specific areas, such as portraiture.
Resources you need to get started with online painting courses
People can be put off taking up painting due to a lack of equipment or resources. But getting the necessary artistic tools together isn’t necessarily expensive or difficult. If you’re a complete beginner then invest in the following resources before you start your online course:
- Set of reasonably priced sketching pencils.
- Putty rubber and eraser.
- Sketch pads of varying sizes (A5, A4, A3).
- A couple of cheap stretched canvasses.
- Basic set of acrylic paints (or oils if you prefer).
- A small range of different sized paint brushes including round and square.
This is all you need at a very basic level. Don’t worry about buying the most expensive products or those that are recommended by high level artists. Drawing and painting needs plenty of practice in the first instance, and until you develop your style and niche, there’s little point in buying too much expensive equipment.
While you don’t need an easel, it can be a good plan to get a cheap one that folds down. This is then suitable for plein air (outdoor) painting and sketching and can equally be used inside. Our advice would be to attend all of the online webinars and then practice as much as possible in between modules.
The more simple, repetitive practice you can put into your art, the faster your skills will develop. Should you complete all four modules, you’ll come out the other end with an understanding not only of what you’re good at, but what you love painting. This will then help you develop the next step in your creative learning.
Learn about the history of art to boost your studies
Supplement your online learning with reading about all kinds of different artists. Include painters from all kinds of different time periods and styles, so that you can get a thorough understanding of how art has developed over the centuries. Not only is this fascinating in its own right, it helps you to develop your own niche.
We offer courses that are ideal for amateurs and beginners, with the later modules useful for artists who have some experience. They are broadly aimed at people who are painting for fun, to relax or as a hobby. But there is absolutely nothing stopping students from developing their painting and artistic skills further and beginning to sell their work.
Online selling platforms such as Etsy make it super simple to set up a shop and offer your art for sale. And if you really develop and put more time and practice in, you may find this is a viable career path. The first four weeks of our art courses are free of charge, which is ideal if you’re not quite sure painting is for you. Grab your basic equipment online for very reasonable prices and you can try this whole new area of creativity without breaking the bank. You never know where it could take you on your creative journey.