If you love to draw, and have an interest in sharpening your skills for either professional or personal reasons, you are probably thinking of taking a few art courses to help you along in your endeavor. Art courses are everywhere. The trick is to find the right courses for your budget and your time schedule. Luckily, today there are more and more options than there used to be, and many different directions you can go when you attend classes. You may not even know what you want to do or what direction to take until you get started.
Schools like the Art Institute offer many different types of art courses. You can learn more about drawing, painting, graphic design, computer illustration, and special effects. You can also take photography or cooking classes, which many consider to be forms of art as well. While their art courses seem to be pretty well laid out for the average student, last I knew there were some elective courses you could add to your itinerary while in school. These schools offer not only art courses, but they will help you with housing, financial aid, and job placement once you have completed your degree.
If you don’t have an Art Institute nearby, and have no intention on moving away from where you are to take art courses, you can probably find some near where you live. Most community colleges have at least some art classes, but they may not offer a degree. It will depend on what you want to take art courses for, and how many different classes you want to take. Community college art courses are great for those who need a brush up on their skills, or for those who are taking classes for personal reasons.
You may also find individual artists in your area offering art courses from their home or a studio. These will not earn you a degree, but you can learn how to draw or paint this way. Usually these art courses are one on one, or if there is a class, the class is usually very small, and you get a lot of attention from your instructor. If you are already an artist and looking for a way to make more money, you might consider offering art courses to those in your community. Make sure you charge enough to make it worth your while, but don’t undermine yourself by charging a tiny fee.