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.