5 Things to Know Before Your First Art Class
by Paula Christen, watercolor painter and teacher
It makes you excited and nervous all at once. Day one of the art class, you finally signed up for, is almost here. I still remember that feeling. Now, speaking as a watercolor painter and workshop teacher let me share 5 things to know before your first class:
1. If the class description said "Beginners", it means just that; never having done it before or having only the smallest amount of experience. You are not expected to know anything about this. Really!
2. Supply lists are sometimes overloaded. If it looks too much for your budget, call and ask the teacher what are the minimum materials needed at first. You can buy more as the class progresses.
3. There are always "ringers" in a class; someone who obviously is not a true beginner, BUT on the other hand, there will always be another with less knowledge than you. Adopt a spirit of adventure and enjoy the class.
4. Mistakes are encouraged! It means your teacher is doing a great job and you are getting hands on practice. Anything worth doing well, is worth messing up many times before you get to perfect.
5. When someone tells you that they like your work (and they will) resist pointing out the flaws. Don’t insult their good taste in art! Learn to say "thank you" and stop there.
Studio classes are available. Check for open dates on my website "How To Watercolor" menu page. Questions? Email or call.