Learn to Paint Fine Art – What does this mean?

by Neadeen Masters on August 15, 2012

Learn to Paint Fine Art – but don’t get pigeon holed as an artist!

Two words… ‘Fine Art’ are  often used in different ways and serve a different end depending on the context they are used in. If used as a judgement to somehow pigeon hole an artist, it can be seen as a negative. It can suggest a ‘better than’ tone. If it is used to describe a particular type or style of art…it somehow misses the mark. If it is used as a way to gain a marketing advantage compared to decorative art or folk art, it can greatly change the value of the art. If used to describe ‘painting’ in general, it can be intimidating to the student painter. So what is it and what does it really mean?

When a person expresses their desire to learn to paint, it is usually in general terms. They may have have seen a painting that stirred something in them. Which direction should they go and how will they know if they are learning the right painting techniques for the styles of art they like?

Gabriele Hunter - Fine Art - Art Apprentice Online Art School Gabriele Hunter – Fine Art Painting – Art Apprentice Online Art School


Let’s try to simplify all this…In layman’s terms, painting and drawing falls into the category of visual arts. Basically the visual arts are anything we can look at…like painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics to name just a few. Over time that group was split into art created for beauty and art created for utility. Then the term Fine Art was used to describe art that was created mainly for its aesthetic value and not for its functional merit. For example canvas painting versus painted furniture. Today we describe the decorative arts as functional surfaces. Small and large painted furniture, home accessories, and ceramics are all part of the Decorative Arts.

So the bottom line is this…when learning to paint…throw out the labels, learning to paint involves learning all kinds of painting techniques, learning good brush skills and building a solid base of color knowledge. With a good foundation in painting, one can create all kinds of styles and subjects to their hearts desire.

At the Art Apprentice Online we offer online art classes in both decorative and fine art painting. The different types of Fine Art classes we offer will help any student artist develop solid brush skills and painting techniques. These online art lessons teach them to paint landscapes, still life, portraits, seascapes, abstract, mixed media and flower paintings, as well as wildlife paintings and so much more. If the student artist admires decorative painting, the skills and painting techniques are all transferrable and well suitable for the decorative painting category as well.

Developing as an artist and learning to paint is not as complicated as we might think. Don’t let categories and ‘name tags’ describe who you are as an artist. In general terms’, learning to paint is simply about learning the language of color theory, painting techniques and various paint applications. The rest will fall into place simply by default.  

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