As August draws to a close and the Autumn term looms, my mind turns to evening classes. In Part 3 of “I wish I could draw….” I suggested joining a friend or a sketching group, like the Urban Sketchers, to encourage ‘would-be’ artists to pick up a pen and sketchpad. If neither of those suggestions appeal there is always adult education in the form of evening or Saturday classes at the local library, community or adult education centres depending on where you live. I am speaking about the UK now but I expect that other countries have similar government funded life-long learning systems set up – or I hope they do.
Privately run art courses can be delightful, many are often set in fabulous surroundings, offering comfortable accommodation and amazing food; however they can be pricey and can mean taking time off work for participants. Adult education classes, on the other hand, are suitable for those in full-time employment and because they receive government funds are affordable and do offer concessions for the retired or those receiving benefits.
I have attended life drawing classes for many years through adult education and they have been a great way to keep me drawing even when life has been very hectic. The fact that I have had to pay for a term’s worth of classes in advance has forced me out of the door on many a wet and dark evening – no excuses!
Saturday workshops are a good way to try out different activities, for example tasters in watercolour painting or calligraphy, before deciding to take the plunge and enrol for a whole term. And for those who have been drawing or painting for many years an evening course can be a good way to learn about new equipment and products available on the market or even to address flagging enthusiasm or lack of inspiration for artwork.
And as well as the reasons given above adult education courses can be a great way to socialise with those with similar interests plus add a bit of fun to the week!
Until next time. Cheers KnitNell