l paint what cannot be photographed, and l photograph what l do not wish to paint. - Man Ray
Painting is a way of expressing yourself like any other art form. Art and creativity make it possible to say things we would not or cannot say otherwise.
A report conducted in 2017 on engagement in culture and arts in Northern Ireland found that 75% of adults who engaged with the arts expressed ‘enjoyment / having fun’ as a benefit and 97% of young people had engaged in culture and arts in the year prior to the survey.
According to the same survey, one of the three most popular arts activities amongst young people was “Painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking” (32%). Even if painting isn't at the top of the list, it is still very much appreciated by people, especially young people, in the UK.
In class or with a private tutor, painting is a creative skill that can be learned. Keep reading to find out how to take private painting lessons.
The Different Types of Private Lesson
Private lessons are a great way of introducing yourself to a creative hobby by following a personalised programme.
As you are the only student, there's no risk of being thrown in with a group of painters who are much more experienced than you. The teacher, therefore, is able to devote more time to helping you learn.
There are a variety of different ways to take private art classes.
Home lessons unsurprisingly are lessons taught at your own home. The art teacher comes to your house with all the right equipment and materials to show you drawing and painting techniques.
A big advantage of this type of lesson is that you do not have to move but the teacher's knowledge comes to you. However, you need to make sure you have enough space for the teacher. We recommend you set aside a certain area where the painting lesson can take place.
What could be better than learning to paint at home?
At the Teacher's Place
Home classes can also be held at the teacher's house. So you will have to agree on this before starting your painting classes.
Learning directly from a painter is ideal because they will, more often than not, have an entire space dedicated to painting. They will have pallets, easels, all types of canvases, tubes of paint as well as their own works hanging on the wall.
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A place that will inspire you to be more creative.
Travelling to a teacher's house can be very much worth the effort.
Private lessons can also be given online. How does it work?
The teacher and the student both connect to the internet, making sure that their webcam is turned on. Of course, the teacher needs to be able to see the student's painting. The class is basically like a video conference.
Neither the student nor the teacher will have to leave the house if you choose to do painting classes online.
You may also use videos, blogs and social media to learn how to paint online!
It's up to you to decide what format suits you best.
Why Take Private Painting Classes?
Private painting lessons are not just for people who are unsociable and don't want to be taught in a large group. There is a list of other reasons why people opt for a private tutor when learning how to paint.
Lack of Art Schools
The first reason that private lessons may be required is if there is a significant distance to travel to get to your nearest art school.
Whether its an art school, art group or association, they are not found absolutely everywhere in the UK. The countryside is often forgotten.
It can, therefore, be inconvenient and time consuming for people to always have to go to their nearest city to take a painting class.
Imagine travelling two hours to get to a watercolour class. For some, this is a waste of their precious time. For extremely motivated painters, it might be another story.
Large group classes aren't always available for everyone.
For this reason, many people living in more remote parts of the UK offer private lessons.
Get into Art School
Art College, School of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design, School of Architecture, School of Art History, most art schools require a portfolio to provide evidence of your experience and skill.
You need to be able to demonstrate that you have acquired the basic in drawing as well as some painting techniques (oil painting, watercolour painting, acrylic painting, chiaroscuro, complementary colours, decorative painting, etc.).
Your portfolio should be sent along with your application. To make sure your work stands out, many students enlist the help of a private tutor.
The majority of Superprof teachers are art graduates.
They are, therefore, in the best position to talk about art courses, and also to prepare students and lead them in the right direction. This kind of advice and insight is what students can expect when choosing a private art teacher.
A private art teacher may help in choosing your painting technique!
Help with School Work
Once you're at art school, you have to be able to maintain a certain pace and level. It is not uncommon for students to feel overwhelmed faced with a heavy workload.
Private lessons can help students to keep on top of things and talk to someone who understands and has been in their position.
With a private tutor, your time is never wasted as you can work on areas you need the most help with, unlike group lessons where the teacher decides an activity for everyone.
Choose Your Own Schedule
Do you feel overwhelmed and don't know where you'll find the time to become the next Picasso?
Private lessons are the best way to achieve your goals.
Classes don't have to be scheduled at the same time every week. Normally you can arrange lessons with your teacher whenever you want (provided your teacher is available of course).
From beginner to advanced level, painting lessons are available for all levels. All you have to do is choose a way you want to learn that suits your abilities and requirements.
The Benefits of Painting Lessons
Learning to draw as part of a painting course can be a good way to learn the different painting techniques and other basic drawing techniques.
Drawing workshops, painting courses, intensive courses, whatever your learning method, these courses can help introduce you to the world of art.
To become an illustrator, architect, cartoonist, scenographer or painter, painting lessons can help you reach your goal and improve your skills.
And taking private lessons has many great advantages.
Have the Teacher's Full Attention
It is sometimes difficult for a teacher to attend to fifteen students at the same time. During a private lesson, the teacher can focus solely on areas you are struggling with.
The classes are therefore made specifically for you and your level.
Whether you're learning for the first time or wanting to perfect your craft, learning how to draw and paint takes time.
Remember the time you learned how to draw with your kid's art kit? How someone could have painted the Mona Lisa seemed impossible to you then.
However, private lessons can help you develop your skills much faster as the teacher knows where your weaknesses lie and tells you what you need to do to improve.
Have a Tailor-Made Course
Still life, live model, landscape, portrait, human anatomy, sketch, drawing, it's up to you to find the areas that interest you most and share them with your teacher.
As the only student in the class, you have the added bonus of being able to request certain topics as well as the techniques (crayons, ink wash, acrylic, Indian ink, pastel, porcelain painting, charcoal, etc.).
Art history can also be part of the course if you wish. Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, Manet, Picabia, Braque, knowledge of historical works of art is important for studying art at University.
Finding a Private Painting Teacher
How do I find a private painting teacher? And what makes a good art tutor?
Whether it's drawing, painting or art history classes, the teacher must be a good instructor and have passion about what they teach.
They must be attentive and have good listing skills as this is the entire purpose of private lessons.
They should be able to understand your concerns and spot your weaknesses to ensure you get the most out of every exercise (painting a human body, learning perspective, painting a landscape, flexing your imagination, drawing a portrait, etc.).
So where do I look?
If you want to avoid a dreadful teacher, here are some tips.
Some teachers use public advertising boards to leave their numbers and rates. Remember to take a look next time you're at your local bakery, corner shop or hairdressers to see if there are any adverts for art tutors on notice boards.
Online, you can find adverts via social media or websites like Gumtree.
And of course, don't hesitate to take a look at networking platforms such as Superprof, which has a selection of private teachers who specialise in painting throughout the UK.
How Much Does a Painting Class Cost?
The price of a painting class depends on a range of factors.
Fees for art lessons vary according to the city where you want to study. On Superprof, prices vary between £12 and £40 per hour across the UK.
In London, for example, you will find a wide range of prices because of the number of teachers available.
The Teacher's Experience
The teacher's experience, ability and age can also affect the price of a private course.
For example, students or trainees usually charge less than a professional painter. Paying more generally ensures a certain quality of lesson, but this is not always the case.
Buying the Equipment
Drawing pads, easels, canvases, brushes, paint tubes, charcoal, apron, pallets, etc. Learning to paint requires a lot of art supplies. This should be factored into the overall cost of a lesson.
But don't worry, you can always put your painting kit together bit by bit without breaking the bank.
Now discover how you too can become a painter!