A Rant: What’s Wrong With Art Education?

OK – what’s wrong?  I just spent a couple of days in a watercolor class.  Essentially, this “class” was nothing more than a non-guided opportunity to paint alongside my friends.

To me, a big part of watercolor is learning the skills necessary.  That implies that the necessary skills must be broken down into their component elements, drills and learning events developed which teach those skills, and then hands-on practice of those elements.

There is a lot to “art.” There should not be such mystery to it – while it needs inspiration to create great art, the artist needs skills and skill development.

Why is it that skill identification and development seem totally foreign to many, many people who “teach” art workshops?

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