Are you interested in growing artistically? Learn how to improve your art. It doesn’t matter what skill level you are at, you can always grow your skills in art! The key is not to compare yourself or get discouraged. We have a list of ways you can work on improving your art!
Art is an ageless skill. From the minute you pick up a crayon to… Or whether you are beginning art now. Anyone can make art. Think of Grandma Moses* she started making art at 78 years old if you didn’t know! I hope you find this list of art tips helpful to grow your art skills and opening up your art journals for journaling. Use these simple tips to improve your art.
Whether you’re just starting out artistically or a pro, there are always more ways to improve and grow into your art style or skills. To improve your art, the biggest thing you can do is practice as often as possible. There are actually simple ways you can work to grow and develop your skills, we made a list of ways to get better at art.
Simple Tips to Improve Art Skills
Have you ever asked, “How to Improve at Art?”
Try a New Medium
If you’re feeling stuck or you tend to work with only one tool, try something new! A new medium such as painting, markers, collage, or ink can free up artists block sometimes or inspire new projects and ideas. It also lets you develop more skills and learn to master a new form of artistic expression.
Take a Break
This seems counter-intuitive if you want to improve then why stop making art? Well, you need a break sometimes. If you spend too much time criticizing yourself or working on the same thing you’re going to actually develop backward instead of forwards. So, when you need a break take one. It’ll let you think of more ideas too.
Change Things Up
If you’re feeling stuck on what to do or keep working in the same style and want to step out of that box, there’s an easy way to do so. Draw from a picture, photograph, what’s around you in life, or anything you can think of that’s different from your usual focus or style. It allows you to learn new things and try new styles to improve.
It actually can be an interesting experiment to repeat drawings. Repeating a drawing you may have just drawn or something that you made a while ago can let you retry something old while bringing your new skills to the table. It’s a way artists can see their style progressing and change things about old pieces you see differently now.
If you’re struggling with a specific part of your art style or ability, why not research it? Watch videos on similar topics, take a class, read about anatomy if you’re struggling with that, anything that could help expand your knowledge and skills. It’s really easy to find tutorials or examples of most types of art forms out there.
Start A Journal
Artists use journals (and you can too) to practice sketching, drawing, coloring, painting, and writing notes on techniques… It’s a great way to practice and see how your art can evolve. It is also a great place to begin your art journey. (Journaling/Art Journaling)
This is one of the most important parts of anything you’re pursuing: stay positive. Don’t get too hard on yourself if you feel like you’re not improving or can’t do something, take a deep breath, and try again or try something new. It’s not going to be a good experience and certainly won’t lead to improvement if you’re being negative.
And this is only the beginning! Realistically, improving your art is going to be a process regardless of how new or familiar you are to it.
Do Not Compare Yourself To Others
Everyone’s art journey is different. When you look at art and start to feel discouraged you need to remember that you don’t know how long the person has been practicing their skills, honing in on their craft, and how many classes they have taken over the years. How many times they tossed a canvas, drawing, painting, or other artwork away. One thing that is common for any master is practicing their art daily.
Compare Your Art Work To Your Previous Art Work
Compare your artwork to your own artwork, see how much you have grown over a week, month, 6 months, a year. Find your style and improve your skill level.
Ask For An Art Critique
Find help from an art teacher, a skilled artist, a group of students, a friend… They can help evaluate your work. Talk about the art piece…
Now, go make art!
Hopefully, these tips gave you some ways or ideas to make that process a little better and easier. Art is incredibly beneficial to our minds and growth, and a great way to pass time.
You Are An Artist
Make this your mantra
- YOU ARE AN ARTIST (Available on Amazon)
How to improve at art?
Take Art Classes!
Everyone has their own art journey for growing their art skills. How to get better at art – Consider taking art classes; online art classes (as well as in-person) to learn new skills and improve on your arts and crafts skills. Besides practicing, taking classes can help you improve and learn skills you didn’t know from experts. Then enjoy practicing, finding your style, and improving your skill sets. I’ll list a few of our favorite online classes for learning and improving art skills.
- Creative Live is one of my favorite platforms for learning. (they have free online classes daily for all types of art and design classes, craft classes, … and photography classes. So many creative online classes it’s just too many to mention!!
- Skillshare is another favorite. You can check it out and browse workshops. Start with a free trial, see how you like it then it’s an annual fee. (But, very affordable) I’ve always gotten my monies worth from their tutorials, and teachers.
- YouTube has tons of free tutorials for learning and improving your artistic skills. Pick your subject or skill you are trying to learn, search, and see the recommendations. Right now, all of Bob Ross’s Videos, The Joy of Painting have been released from his entire series. So go make some happy mistakes! And if you are just getting started you might like Alicia Burke an artist who will brighten your day and has so many videos for painting, mixed media…
- MyBluPrint which used to be Craftsy. has many classes and right now you can try it for free for a limited amount of time. FREE Trial Watch over 1,300 creative online education classes ranging from sewing, cooking, family crafts, and more! Or go straight to the online art classes. If you miss the creativity care package, you can sign up for free, browse to find a class you want, or grab a subscription. Check out their deals of the week!
- There is also Lynda (has a free month trial.Then $29.99 month or annual reduces it to $19.99), Brit&Co (Subscribe $10 month all access or 1 class about $39), and Udemy. These three I haven’t used.
- Start A Journal
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