12 Artists Magazine June 2020
Prime CREATIVITY CHALLENGE
to practice. I also did studies of some
of my favorite masterworks that
I found in various art books.
If I wasn’t in the mood to do a new
painting, I’d sit with my paint palette
and practice mixing color. I made sure
to clean up after each painting session
and kept my studio nice and orderly
each day. Any teacher would have
I’m the type who loves to do my
research, so homework was welcome.
One of my favorite ways to study
art is to read. I keep a collection of
art books on a vintage rolling cart
so I have access to my own small
resource library. During summer
school, I’d select a book off the shelf
and find a particular painting that
interested me, or I’d brush up on the
basics from one of the many instruc-
tional books in my collection.
I also watched art videos and lis-
tened to podcasts. I kept a notebook
specifically for all things art-related
and jotted down pages and pages of
helpful information, quotes, and
many tips and tricks.
As part of my homework assign-
ments, I committed to regular “show-
and-tell” posts on social media.
Sharing with others was a great
way to keep myself accountable.
As a bonus, I received encouraging
feedback from other artists.
Lastly, I planned field trips, as those
were always the best part of school.
I visited my local library regularly and
headed straight for the art section.
I checked out a variety of titles and
sometimes just pulled a book off the
shelf and found a quiet area in which
to sit and browse the beautiful pages.
When I discovered that an art
museum located not far away was
Homework: I turned to
my rolling cart “art library”
and checked out volumes
of masterworks and painting
instruction to study.
Indoor studies: When
class had to move indoors
because of rain, I’d focus
on sketching and painting
fl oral still life setups.