It is inevitable that at some point in time, we will compare ourselves with others. Same goes for when parents compare their child’s art skills with other children of similar age, or when students compare their art skills with the teacher’s art skills. In this post, we would like to talk about how age is not the main factor in deciding the quality of the piece of artwork that a student makes.
- Starting point in art
Before you compare how good a student can make art, think about how long the student has been making art, be it at home or other places. Don’t judge their artworks based on their age. Think about how they have been performing previously and how they are performing now. Every student has a different starting point, not referring to the point in time when they start attending art class, but rather their own art abilities to begin with. After attending class and making art under guidance over a period of time, start to look back and see which areas have started to show improvement and which areas need more practise.
It is important not to place too much pressure on the student. When you place expectations that have far exceeded the student’s current standard, it will easily diminish their enthusiasm to continue making art. This is why it is always nice to see parents popping over their child’s work and ask us how their child has been progressing. We are always more than happy to share with them the small learning steps that the child is taking, which can be easily overlooked by parents.
2. Keeping a blank and open mind
For teens or adults, some of them might have had a certain level of exposure to other art lessons before. This art experience may sometimes be a double-edged sword for the art learning process. Having acquired some art skills might sometimes hinder the art learning process as students will already have their own comfortable way of making art and be less welcoming to learning new forms of art. This is why sometimes we say that kids learn faster, not because of their age, but rather the fact that they are keen to learn as it is something new to them. On the other hand, sometimes the pre-acquired art skills could help to quicken your learning process if you are able to use it well.
No matter what, the essential part is to learn to keep a blank and open mind to learning new art technique. Once you are familiarised with the new art technique, you can then start to experiment and see how to bring in the art skills that you can acquired previously to combine with the new technique that you have learnt to create the artwork that you have pictured in your mind.
Art has a low entry level which makes it perfect for anyone to enter into the world of colours and create their own artwork. However, in order to make quality artworks, it takes time and commitment and of course lots of practise. It is always hard to explain this until students go through the art learning process. We always cannot emphasise this enough. Art is a form of enjoyment and relaxation that requires commitment. If you stay committed to Art, you will gain pleasure from watching your artworks improve bit and bit over time.
We were chatting with one of our students about Art and both of us agreed 100% when it came to having to commit to Art. The strokes we make on the paper may seem easy but it is not that easy until you try it. Being able to do it once, being able to do it twice, being able to do it everytime until you are able to make your own amendments to it and change it to your own style. This will not be possible without commitment.
Age only plays a minor role in judging the level of art that students are capable. There are many other deciding factors in judging the artwork completed by students and we would place the first deciding factor as the level of commitment to Art. If you ask us what is the key factor to stay committed to Art, we think that it is important to find joy in the process of making and learning Art instead of rushing to complete your artwork. Watch how every little changes to your artwork can make a vast difference in the outcome.
Stop limiting yourself to what you can achieve or should accomplish for your artwork depending on your age. Forget about your age and open up your Art to more possibilities. Have fun learning and exploring! 🙂