Are People Born With the Talent to Create Art? An Art Instructors Opinion.

“Oh my sister was born with the artistic talent, not me”

I hear this a lot from people who think they just can’t make art because they weren’t “born with it”. My response to the above statement was “I bet your sister spent a lot of time practicing to get really good at creating art, didn’t she?” of course the response was yes! If you want to be good at something and you try really hard and practice all the time, you are bound to improve!

practice, practice and practice some more!

If you want to be a better artist, practice as much as you can! If you need accountability, join a class. Think of a classroom like a gym. You pay a fee and because you are paying for it, you will do the thing you are there to do. By creating art as much as you can and as often as you can, you WILL improve your skills. Not to mention what you will learn from instructors in a creative environment.

some people understand how to make art and others need clarification to understand

Some people have an easier understanding of art and how to create it. If I am teaching someone to paint and tell them they need more contrast and value changes, and they understand that, they will be able to follow my directions and improve their piece. If a student doesn’t ask for me to explain further because they don’t understand what that means, they might not get what I was trying to say. It doesn’t mean one person is “gifted”, they just might understand things differently than someone else. We all learn differently.

Don’t get discouraged, we all need to start somewhere!

Creating art is a lot harder if you aren’t in the right mindset. So don’t be so hard on yourself if everything isn’t a masterpiece. That’s what sketchbooks are for! Warm up sketches, gesture drawings and mock ups are all part of the process of creating art. Sometimes it takes 20 sketches to get the right composition down, and that’s just part of the process.

You can always recreate a piece of art once your skill level is up, like Krystlesaurus did above. Stay positive and know if you keep your chin up and keep creating, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be as an artist.