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Old 03-29-2012, 11:18 AM
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Re: go to art class at age 60?????

With these books, one needs no classes. She/he could develop the skills going nowhere, at home.
and be the poorer for it, nothing beats feedback from fellow artists, altho not everyone can afford to go to classes nor are they easily accesible to many people.

I enjoy the feedback and chatter here on WC, it is the best alternative to actual human contact I have found so far.

and yes, reading and using printed material does help. a lot.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:25 AM
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Re: go to art class at age 60?????

Many colleges and universities have programs in which people over 60 can take classes, perhaps not for credit, for very minimal fees.
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Re: go to art class at age 60?????

I was widowed very suddenly, in New Orleans, and found myself starting over. I was fortunate that my stepchildren were grown and wanted me to be happy. I talked at length to an artist that became my beloved mentor, Johnnie Liliedahl, about what path to take in art. Go to Art School? /? Or what??? She gave me wonderful advice that I have since heard told to others by other teachers. Study with anyone that you are able to. You will learn "something' from every class you take. If you do this (and are like me) you will be in the company of wonderful inspiring people. You will find your niche. Read read read~but do not hide yourself away. Embrace the Joy you have found in your Art. I am now about to turn 60 and know that Art was my gift from God to keep me so happy in life. Good Luck!
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Re: go to art class at age 60?????

Originally Posted by kevinwueste
My opinion might be an alternative to Doug's - which is first: - maybe - sure but what do you want to learn ? - to focus on ?

If you want to develop your realism skills ( drawing of people, then painting them - or doing the same for landscape, still life etc.,) then finding a school that has teachers who can do that - then: ABSOLUTELY! As long as the student is open, and willing to set aside his/her ego - you can devlelop - age is not a huge factor.

I went back to school at 42 or so.. to art school and I have learned so much ( and continue to do so as I shift into more of a teaching role at the Academy of ARt Univ here in San Francisco)..

cheers and good luck,



And I will add that back in the early 70's, I naively chose the wrong school (San Francisco Art Institute) to continue my education after a 2 year college degree. It was during the time of abstract expressionists and conceptualism, and representational art of any kind was considered "selling out" in that institution. I am excited to see that realism, impressionism, and the importance of brush work, composition, and good drawing skills are making a comeback (as far as I know).

Always agreed with this statement (source unknown): "A self-taught artist has had a very stupid teacher." Therefore, not something to brag about.
At age 61 (our kids are grown) I am relearning my art with the help of the internet and, more importantly, painting and drawing every day, with a purpose.

Enjoy your journey.


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Old 02-14-2013, 09:11 AM
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Re: go to art class at age 60?????

I would not recommend University or College courses when you are above 45. They are too theoretical and carreer oriented. But Arts Leagues courses, selected courses (not programs) in local art schools and model workshops are filled with "retired" people who have fun. With a bit of shopping you can get what you are looking for.
At 60, it is better to join an art group to keep on learning, than to go to college... At least this is my choice.
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