Saturday, April 14, 2007

Famous Artist's School

The early 90's were a dark period in art education. Most of the instructors were of a mindset that rejected formal training in favor of, "having an experience with materials."

When I expressed my frustration to an instructor, he dismissively said, "Well if that's all you want to know, you should enroll in the Famous Artist's Course. "

So I did. And that's where I learned to draw.

The books were written by the most successful commercial artists and illustrators of the 1940's and 50's - guys like Norman Rockwell and Robert Fawcett, and they didn't hold anything back. Every drop of information they knew about the craft of creating art went into the course.

If you're frustrated with the quality of the art instruction you're recieving,
I can't recommend this course highly enough:


Evonne Tay said...

Hi Dave, i came across your blog entry about Famous Artist's School. As I am interested in its correspondence arts course, i would like to know how you have benefitted from the course. Appreciate your advice. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I just found your post re: Famous Artists school while doing some research for the school on the web. Did you take the course personally? If so, what in particular impressed you the most? Would you recommend the course to a beginner artist?

Dave Thomas said...

Hi Sherri,

I took the course after college, way back in the early 90's.

The realy value of the course is the texts. Written by the finest American illustrators of the 20th century, they provide practical, straight forward instruction, free of artistic pretension.

The critiques were teriffic, if somewhat brutal. They hold you to a professional standard from day 1 - which is good.

I would recommed the course without hesitation to anyone.

Sherri said...

Thanks a lot for your response Dan! I've decided to take the leap and have ordered the course. I've been posting fragments of my creative journey online and will continue to share my growth, and struggles there. Feel free to drop by at any time.

Anonymous said...

Oops! I can't believe I called you Dan. Sorry Dave.