Can Drawing Really Be Self Taught?


Hello There! My name is Omanah! For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! And for those who are not, welcome back and thanks for joining me! In today's blog post, I will be touching on the topics of Self Taught art and whether or not there is such a thing. Now, before we begin, go ahead and comment down below if you think drawing can be self-taught; I would love to read your thoughts on the matter.

Before we take an in-depth look at whether or not one can teach themselves to draw, let's first take a look at what it means to be a self-taught artist. According to work.chron.com: self-taught artists are those who don't go to art school or receive formal training. And though several artists are self-taught in their own respect, it is good to note that in the age of social media and the internet, there are thousands of free resources available to aid artists who choose not to take the traditional path and attend a formal school to learn how to produce art.

Now, the big question as it stands, can an artist be self-taught. My answer is yes, they can be self-taught. Many famous artists have made a name for themselves without any formal school such as the likes of Vincent Van Gogh and Yoko Ono.


Though I do not claim to be a self-taught artist, due to my obtaining an associates degree in art. I do feel that I have learned about art since then has been self-taught. Self-taught artists are no less of a creative genius than those who actually attended an institution of learning. Art, as I have stated before, is a skill and skills come about with practice. Where you get that practice from may have some effects on the manner or process in which an artist may create a work, but at the end of the day, art is art and to be an artist is to be one who creates; and to be a skilled artist is one who creates with skill. Nowhere does it say that an experienced artist has to go to school to learn the craft.

Now, in my opinion. I believe that anyone seeking to make art career should take at least a few credits of art from a university, at least 12, just so that they can get a feel for what it is like to be apart of an art program. I know that school isn't for everyone, but it was an enjoyable experience in my opinion that I believe other artists should have the pleasure of experiencing at least once in their life's time.

Well, it looks like you have made it to the end of the blog post! I want to just say thank you for sticking around and reading the entire blog post. As a thank you, I would like to invite you to join my Drawing 101- Learn to Draw Facebook Group. This group is not just for those who are learning to draw, this page is for artists of all ages and skillsets, and yes, any artists can join self-taught or not.


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