I’ve always painted, but I traditionally did it more regularly when I don’t live in London. The rhythm of life in the capital leaves a little time to reflect, and few of us can dedicate a week to work in our observational drawing. Changing the schedules and family commitments that make weekend courses almost impossible to attend regularly, and return to a work in progress after having lost classes can be disconcerting.
Apart from the problems of time of time, many of us seem to postpone the idea of ââtaking our brushes after a break of some years, just to tell us that “we express ourselves.” Too often I listen to complaints about the lack of structure of the art courses administered by some of the leading institutions of the United Kingdom, where more emphasis is placed on the natural inclination than the structured learning of the techniques. Although full -time art schools can find a more fruitful approach, I would argue that my natural inclination when they are told to express me freely towards panic.
Art, for me, still covers an element of crafts. It is the learning and mastery of that trade that leads the mind to the unique balance of concentration and serenity that characterizes meditation. When I paint, the hours can pass, the calm occurs, no part of me wonders about the state of my entrance tray or my reception on social networks. I am absorbed in the old trade of creation, and modern anxieties fall.
But for the meditative benefits of art classes to enter into force, structured lessons with an approach to domain techniques are crucial. Art students must be guided, not left disoriented and confused. The therapeutic effects of artistic training can only be felt if it is really a training, and not an exercise of frustration.
Below are my recommendations to draw courses in London.
For those with a budget: the first Thursday at the Royal Drawing School.
A free class with informative teachers and encouraging, the drawing sessions of life are also held on the first Thursday of each month.
For fixed date courses: Art Academy London offers well -structured 10 -day courses for various experience levels. From the beginner drawing to the sculpture of portrait and figures, the courses can be selected to adapt to the student.
For a historical environment: in the Royal Academy, the wide range of courses offered and the high level of teaching means that the courses are acquired incredibly quickly, but if you can book a free place, be confident in the knowledge that you know that you know Working in a famous institution for their teaching for more than 200 years.