I started with books. All kinds of books. I was really ADD trying to get into art. I started with a drawing book. I did a few exercises in that, then got bored with the rigidity of it and started loosely sketching my own stuff. Then I picked up some books on watercolor. I got bored with the rigidity of that even more quickly, and started doing things on my own. Then I moved on the pastels. I don't think I ever even did any of the exercises in the book I got about pastels. I read a little of it, then just messed around on my own. I tried learning perspective from books, but got bored (and also didn't understand the guidelines and things they were using) and messed with it on my own. It's not that I don't like to read; I blow through non-fiction books from the library all the time. My latest was "Dog Body, Dog Mind" and now I'm reading one about African American History. But there was something about art that made me want to do it myself instead of going step-by-step from what someone else told me. Don't get me wrong, I've learned a lot from the books even in the little bit that I have done from them; but I think I have learned more experimentally. The only structured art lessons I've ever really completed were Art 1, Graphic Design 1, and Computer Graphics 1 and 2 in High School. I also did a short drawing course from About.com (http://drawsketch.about.com/cs/drawi...rstdrawing.htm) which was excellent. But for the most part, it's been experimental. Your approach does make sense though. I was reading about education the other day, and one of the methods teachers use to keep a class motivated is to break it down into smaller, easier steps so that the students can have a lot of "little successes" on the way and not get frustrated by minor screw-ups. So there's actually some educational theory in your approach
Last edited by Canvasian; 07-31-2009 at 08:17 PM.
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