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Old 07-12-2015, 07:06 AM
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New to painting (teenager)

My twin 17 year daughter's have taken a year of high school art. They painted a mural at a local preschool (free of charge). This was a first for them. They enjoyed the experience. Where did everyone learn to paint? I don't know where to take them for more training. People have started asking how much they charge. I really want them to get some formal training before accepting money. I am extremely proud of them!
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:18 PM
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Re: New to painting (teenager)

fun mural !
everyone loves Suess!
i'm not slamming/discouraging the notion of formal art education, but it's really not necessary. if your girls love drawing/painting, they'll draw and paint and that's the best, practice. That being said, what's available in your area for art classes? most communities have a variety, i'd check out what's there, what kind of reviews they have and start there. Of course if their passion is art, apply to art universities, it may open doors for them and it may look good on a resume, but ultimately won't necessarily guarantee them a career in art - it's there talent/skill, luck and perseverance that will do that.
If people want to pay them for their time i'd let them - the money could go to their supplies, to charities or in their pockets, but starting by giving their work away is training the public to expected it for free (family and friends (and schools/charities/churches, etc) are different and special and don't apply to this guideline).
a caution of copyright - understand it and make sure the girls understand it.
Disney, for example, is Very sensitive about people copying their work for personal or commercial financial gain and have been known to sue people over it.
(it's fine to copy it for practice and personal uses, but totally not fine to sell it).

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Old 08-03-2015, 02:12 AM
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Re: New to painting (teenager)

Great mural
If people will pay why not let them?
I would imagine there would be local art groups, or colleges, or private lessons. Joining an art club or group is a great information resource for your local area.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:10 PM
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Re: New to painting (teenager)

Check with your town's art council(you can find it in the phone book or online). They will know who gives lessons locally and may even have lessons available at their facility.

Another resource is your local art supply store, Michael's for example often has lessons in different mediums through out the week. If there is an in dependant art supply store in your town often there will be one or more regular classes available there.

Also, community colleges often have night classes open to all ages.

Finally if there are local artists in your area they may offer lessons in their specialty. Contact information for local artists is often available through galleries, coffee shops, and the arts council as well as local colleges and universities.
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:13 PM
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Re: New to painting (teenager)

I realize this is an old thread, so I hope you were able to take advantage of some of those suggestions. I got my start in high school, as well - I love that you are so supportive of your daughters' interests and passions. Are they still painting?

I ended up going to college for art, and while I didn't actually do a lot with the degree after graduating in 2008, I did learn and expand on my techniques, color mixing and design. I just recently began actively pursuing more artistic business ventures (painting murals), and am still learning new things, haha!
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