Get the Most Out of Workshops
Every workshop is an opportunity to learn something you didn't know before. Often times, success and failure are determined by what you put into it. Remember, you are there to learn from the artist, not to become the artist. You take something from every workshop you attend, so be prepared to take the most out of it you can.
Here are some recommendations to consider:
- Check the Internet. Get a sense for what to expect from the instructor. Talk to others who have taken workshops from this instructor.
- Get supplies. Most times the instructor will send out a supplies list, and you likely don't need everything on it. Play and experiment with the supplies to get familiar with them.
- Take notes. You want to soak in as much as possible. Ask questions and get clarification. A short pencil is better than a long memory.
- When the instructor paints; follow and watch. Observation is a great teacher, so watch how the brush is used. Watch other students as well.
- At least try it. Often what the instructor is demonstrating does not fit your style, but you won't learn anything about the technique unless you give it a try. Don't beat yourself up if you can't do it, but at least try, and keep trying. Give yourself permission to play and try new things.
- Don't expect to paint a masterpiece during the workshop. The purpose is to receive new information, try different techniques, make mistakes, accept suggestions, and try it again.
- After the workshop: review and reflect on your notes; practice the techniques learned; evaluate your work, and paint.