Frequently Asked Questions

Q- I’m not creative, and even though I have always wanted to learn to draw and paint, I can’t even draw a stick figure. Can art lessons help me be more creative?

A- Everyone is born creative! All children enjoy drawing until, someone, well-meaning or not, criticizes them. This results in a wound to the creative self, and in order to protect themselves, most children then close the door to their artistic expression rather than risk being hurt again. When they grow up, they still draw at the level that they were at when they were wounded, and never progressed from there.

So, creativity is not some mysterious quality that some people have and some don’t, but a quality within everyone. If it has been blocked off, then it is just a matter of uncovering it again. Anyone who is provided with a supportive environment in which to learn the techniques of the masters, can learn to draw and paint well.

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Q- What kind of artistic ability is required in order to take art lessons?

A- No artistic ability is required!

There are only three requirements in order to learn to create the type of artwork that you see in the Student Gallery:

1. Ability to see out of at least one eye

2. Have the use of at least one hand

3. Be eager to learn

That’s all!

So, creativity is not some mysterious quality that some people have and some don’t, but a quality within everyone. If it has been blocked off, then it is just a matter of uncovering it again. Anyone who is provided with a supportive environment in which to learn the techniques of the masters, can learn to draw and paint well.

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Q- I’ve always wanted to try drawing and painting, but I’m afraid I might fail.

A-  At OVA, our philosophy is that learning is a process and that nobody is ever “wrong.”  To “fail” is just:

First

Attempt

In

Learning

Q- The paintings in the Student Gallery all look so advanced and professional! These must be examples of the work of the best students….is there any chance that I might be able to do nearly this well?

A-  The painting in the student gallery are very good paintings! Still, they are work that is created by the average student taught by Ms. Butler. Anyone who learns the Renaissance-type techniques that she teaches can expect to produce work of this caliber.

Q- What if I have to be absent from a class, will I get too far behind?

A- There is no danger of that! Students are taught in small classes, and each student is taught individually and progresses at her own pace. Students who are absent from a class don’t miss anything, they simply pick up where they left off. Students who prefer to spend more time on a project are not left behind, and students who complete their projects faster are not held back. Learning art is designed to be easy and fun at Ocean View Arts!  Students may make up missed classes, please ask your instructor for information on how to attend make up classes.

Q- What types of art can I learn at Ocean View Arts?

A- You can learn a wide variety of art techniques and media at Ocean View Arts.

Here is the general procedure which students follow at their own pace:

  1. All students start with drawing basics in the first three classes. This offers a foundation of classical training as students learn to depict several simple forms in light and shadow.  (When several new students start out the term together they are generally taught as a group for the first three sessions, since mini-lecture-demos are part of these classes.)
  2. Students then progress to drawing a simple still life in charcoal.
  3. Students progress to painting a still life in a value study painting.
  4. Students progress to painting a finished still life in a full color painting.
  5. At this point, student and teacher confer in order to develop the individualized course of study that best meets the student’s needs and desires. Students can select topics from the following: advanced drawing, advanced painting, color theory and application, value studies, still life, landscape, portrait, figure and anatomy, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor, mosaic textile collage, or luminous colored pencil drawings. High school students may select a path of study designed to develop a portfolio for college admissions/scholarships. Students with examples of Old Masters style artwork in a varied portfolio are typically singled out for acceptance and scholarships.
Q- Can I finish in an 8-week term?

A- You will finish what is comfortable for you in the term. Most students continue to sign up for subsequent terms, and each student learns at her own pace.

Q- I’d like to spend more time on art than one class a week. If I sign up for more than one class, will I be duplicating lessons?

A-  You would not be duplicating lessons, since each student goes at her own pace. If you come to two classes per week, then you will simply advance twice as fast as if you came to one.

Q- Can children attend these classes?

A- Mature teens interested in art as a career can start at age 16, as long as they are comfortable with a 2.5 hour class period.  Private lessons with Ms. Butler are available for any age over two years old.

Q- How much does it cost, and how do I sign up?

A- Courses are competively priced, currently $320 for an 8-week term, comprised of eight, 2-½ hour classes. This is $40  per class.  (Six-class Saturday semesters are pro-rated.) Special discounts are often available.

Q- How do I know what supplies are required?

A- Please see the “Supply List” page for lists of supplies.

Q- Are you offering group classes with COVID restrictions?

A- The only classes currently available are private in-person or online classes as well as online workshops.