Art for Beginners?
March 13, 2008 9:42 AM Subscribe
Advice for the non-artist about trying art?
posted by farishta to media & arts (27 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I have never been the type to create art. I disliked art class as a child, perhaps afraid of what I perceived to be the performative aspect of it. My sister has always been the artistic one in the family, and she is quite skilled in a number of mediums. Last year, my senior year in college, I began for the first time to engage in anything 'artistic,' mainly in the form of mail art, collages, and mod-podging a globe, which was a lot of fun. I also like to make personalized crossword puzzles for friends. I am terrible at drawing, but take a lot of pleasure in coming up with ideas and executing them well. I am nearing the end of my graduate program, and would like to spend next year (a gap year) engaging in some artistic dabbling. I would appreciate any advice about starting at art: what mediums might I enjoy? What is it like to turn a vague idea into a piece of art? How can I access materials affordably? Are there any useful exercises for getting over initial worries and doubts? Thanks in advance.