How many hours in life does it take to achieve Mastery of Art? In Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book “Outliers” he opines that the number is 10,000. I am not sure this is accurate as it doesn’t take the quality of practice or intention as a factor. It does, of course, take passion, focus, and most importantly, time. Mindset and practice: these are the cornerstones of the entire Art philosophy and the mastery of the art. We believe that the best route to unleashing creativity in students of art and enabling them to become successful artists is to drill them in the basic components of drawing and painting. When this color professionalism is neglected it brings about dissatisfaction in the long run.
Picture yourself standing in front of a masterful painting at a museum. What moves you is the emotive impact, expressive power, and astonishing beauty of the work. It is usually a work of an artist you are familiar with, such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, or Leonardo da Vinci. You marvel at the sheer genius or skill used to create such a work. For these artists, their technical competence unleashed the power of their expression. In today’s world, few have achieved this level of mastery in art and fewer still have had the training, dedication, and circumstances to pursue such gifts.
Did you know?
All of these artists were once novices and long-time apprentices to established artists of their day? For instance, Rembrandt began his apprenticeship at 14 years of age in the studio of Jacob van Swanenburgh and after three years he began to study with history painter Pieter Lastman. There are four basics for Mastery in art.
THE BASICS FOR MASTERY
These are the fundamental basics that underpin and strengthen creativity:
A medium in the art world is the term for the material used to create artwork. Mediums include paint or inks, sculpting materials, fabric, glass, and even sound or living people in some cases. The medium that an artist chooses to work with contributes to both the style of the art and its meaning. It can also enhance the texture. Medium is not a neutral choice in artwork but rather a highly complex one. It is important to understand how mediums are used and why. Teach pupils the use of pencil, charcoal, chalk, pen, paint, oil pastel, and printing. Show them exactly how to hold the media, when and how to apply pressure, and how to achieve various effects.
The appearance of something, especially its outline. The shape helps to create complex drawings and paintings, affects the composition, and contributes to the balance within a work. Students of the art learn exactly how to draw different shapes on the visualizer and pupils copy before recreating their shapes.
Pupils learn how to shade using a pencil. They drill themselves in the ‘tonal ladder’, regularly practicing shading to varying degrees. Shading is the depiction of depth perception in 3D models (within the field of 3D computer graphics) or illustrations (in visual art) by varying the level of darkness.
Color is the element of art that occurs when light, striking an object, reflects the eye: that’s the objective definition. Students of art need to understand how colors relate to each other and how they are created from the primary colors up. They spend time gathering this knowledge. Color makes a work to be easily noticeable.
There are five stages of mastery and we will quickly go through them
Back to the time when you first AWAKENED to the idea that art was available to you as a changing point in your life. You somehow peered over the major, limiting beliefs that often shroud our ability to express our creativity, and instead of saying “no”, you said “YES!” And then you set about discovering all you needed to know to move forward with your art-making. This passion for Learning becomes reignited in the stage of Mastery. The thirst for learning is never quenched. We call it DISCOVERY.
And once this new learning is gained, using sharpened skills of discernment which increases from mature art practice, what remains relevant, what part is useful for you becomes seamlessly, almost effortlessly part of your life. INTEGRATION comes into your art and ultimately your life.
The Needed Perseverance
Times of difficulty and ease in your art practice, upon reflection, never actually remain for long. Your ability to hold these two delicious contrasts of difficulty and ease, evenly and with acceptance, allows your Art to remain in RHTHYM with yourself.
The MASTERY stage is an awareness of the sum total of all the stages that have come before. It is a time often marked by a sense of tremendous abundance. There is a steady stream of new opportunities, challenges and infinite directions you may or may not take your art, friends, artists, collectors, students and teachers. It is an endless stream.
These are the undeniable factors that make a person a master. It flows through you and is part of your daily life and it is what makes art true. Mastery takes time, energy, money, and resources but it is what makes art beautiful