Self-Taught vs Art School

One question that we get often here at Master Art Supplies is: is it better for an artist to be educated at an art school or to be self taught? Many self taught artists end up with a distinctive art style which results from practicing art on your own without any instruction. We’ve also seen students who have been well trained in art schools have inadvertently copied their teachers art style.

Being self-taught also gives you the freedom to try whatever medium you want without needing to commit to a particular medium provided by your school. This doesn't mean that going to school to learn art is a bad thing either. Being self-taught takes a lot more practice since you won’t really know where to begin or what mediums to use.

This could also be an amazing tool for complete beginners to harness. Not knowing any traditional art techniques could lead you to create something very special. When trying to find your own path, we would recommend that you try and discover new artistic communities and networks that you can learn from.

On the other hand, if you’ve been to an art school, you’ll find that you’re already in a strong community of artists that you can speak and practice with directly. It also gives you the network side from which you can join school programs and become apart of a wider array of artists working together on improving their own skills and abilities.

With an education in art, you’ll be given the framework of how to produce works of art and this is definitely a great asset to have when you need to tap into your creativity. In the end, we at Master Art still believe that both the terms self-taught and art educated are really meaningless. As you develop your skills through either method, you will gain more experience.

That experience is what will form your art style and create wonderful works of art. As an artist, you always have to make sure you’re trying different mediums and different techniques to further your skills. Learn to master a couple of different mediums such as graphite, charcoal, oil, acrylic, watercolor etc. From there, you will learn what medium is best for what style or what you’re trying to produce and that way, you will also find your favorite medium to use to create your best pieces.

Products we recommend for beginners:

Prismacolor Premier Graphite Drawing Pencils With Erasers & Sharpeners

Prismacolor Premier 25 Piece Charcoal Sketch Set In Reusable Metal Tin

Darice 1103-083 Studio 71, 27 Piece Acrylic Painting Set, Wood Box

Darice 1103-084 Studio 71, 34 Piece Watercolor Painting Set, Wood Box Art Set

Darice 1103-082 Studio 71, 27 Piece Oil Painting Art Set, Wood Box

Copic Marker 12-Piece Sketch Basic Set

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    Very informative, keep posting such good articles, it really helps to know about things.

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