Ten Tips for a Successful Art Class Experience

I recently took a six week drawing class offered through Museum London. It was an amazing experience but if you’re anything like me, it can feel a bit intimidating to join an art class — especially if you haven’t drawn anything for a very long time. Fear not, I’ve put together a list of my top ten tips for taking a drawing class at Museum London.

1. Relax: Most likely your instructor will have some great music playing and will boil some hot water so that you can make a tea. Chill out, drink up and let that creative side of your brain loose.

2. Make a Mark: The hardest part is getting started while you’re staring at a big piece of blank paper — just make the first mark and keep going.

3. Never give up: The only way to get better is to practice. Get your hand used to the movements by drawing as much as you can.

4. Treat yourself: Sometimes the lowest grade supplies can give you a hard time (I have made this mistake). You’ll have a more enjoyable experience if you aren’t fighting with your tools. Your instructor will have the expertise to recommend a variety of options and price ranges.

5. Take notes: Draw along with the instructor, take notes on the valuable advice they give and when you are finished the class you will have something to look back on when you want to draw more and reflect on what you learned.

6. Don’t skip class: A lot is covered in a single class and it can be difficult to catch up once you have missed one. If you have to miss one, ask the instructor what will be covered and keep practicing at home.

7. Pay attention: Your instructor has a ton of experience and can really help you out with developing your skills.

8. Socialize: Art classes are a very friendly environment. Walk around and see how and what your classmates are drawing. Everyone has a different technique and even if you are drawing the same still life it could look very different and motivate you to try something new.

9. Enjoy the view: The drawing studio has large windows that offer a stunning view of the sun setting over the Thames. I was lucky and got to watch some goslings toddle around this spring.

10. Save your work: It’s very rewarding to look back on what you have created and see the progress you made from the first class to the last.

Interested in taking an art class? Learn more and sign up here.

Compiled by content team contributor, Adrianne Lebert.

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