It’s that time again–time to register for fall classes. With limited time and money, no one wants to invest in a class that does not give them the type of content and instruction they are looking for. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your fall courses:
Read the Brochure! – Make sure you understand the course description and only sign up for the class if the content appeals to you. If you’re not sure, call the art center and ask a few questions, or see if you can contact the instructor directly. Don’t sign up for something simply because it fits into your schedule–taking a class purely for convenience is risky and a waste of your time if the subject, medium or instructor are not right for you.
Research the Instructor – Be sure to look at some examples of their work online or better still, in person at a gallery if you have the chance. Does their work appeal to you? It should, otherwise it is likely that the concepts and demos they present won’t be of much use to you. Your goal should not be to learn to paint the way they do, but to learn their approach and see how techniques they use may apply in your own work. A good instructor will teach concepts and leave interpretation and application of those concepts up to the individual.
Be Honest with Yourself – If you are a beginner, don’t sign up for an intermediate or advanced level course! Likewise, if you are an experienced painter, sign up for a course that is directed toward artists of your skill level. Beginners in intermediate/advanced classes often get frustrated because they are not familiar with basic concepts and medium-specific techniques that may not be covered in an advanced course. Conversely, an intermediate or advanced painter in a beginner level course might excel in the class, but they will likely not be challenged or learn anything new.
Register Now for FALL 2010 at NJ Visual Arts Center…Save $5 if You Sign Up by August 5
Registration is now open for Fall classes and workshop at NJ Visual Arts Center in Summit. I will be offering 6 courses, 2 of which are brand new: “The Big Picture”, which will focus on large scale painting, and “Works on Paper” a class which focuses on experimentation with a variety of paper surfaces using pastel and acrylic. Additionally, I am offering the same medium-specific and conceptual classes I taught last spring. Click here to register, sign up by August 5 and save $5 on registration!