How Do I Become a Fine Artist?

Patti Kate

To become a fine artist, it helps to have some type of formal art training or education from an art school. If this is not an option for you, taking an art class or course may be helpful as well. If scheduling a class is inconvenient due to travel, online art classes can provide training for you. Experimenting with various types of materials is also important. Visiting art galleries and art shows can also be inspirational for aspiring artists.

Fine artists may be skilled in working with watercolors.
Fine artists may be skilled in working with watercolors.

If you plan to become a fine artist, you might wish to narrow your field of interest. Decide where your true talent lies and which area interests you most. Perhaps you are interested in drawing or cartooning. Maybe you want to be a professional painter. If you enjoy working with clay, you might want to pursue a career in sculpting.

Fine artists usually receive formal training.
Fine artists usually receive formal training.

You should also decide which media you are most comfortable working with. For instance, if you finding working with clay or paper mache to be awkward, you probably won't want to pursue sculpting as your art choice. Conversely, if you love working with oil paints, pastels, and watercolors, you'll probably like to focus on sketching and painting. To pursue your career as a fine artist, choose your specialty carefully, then focus on it intently.

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Continuing your education in fine arts may give you an advantage. This is not a prerequisite to become a fine artist, but it can give you an edge over competition in certain aspects. Regardless of your training, you will want to compile samples of your finest work for an effective presentation.

Assuming your creations are on canvas or paper, compile a portfolio of your artwork. Only include your best representations, because this can be as influential as your resume. A professional portfolio can help you in your search for employment.

You may become stuck for creative ideas when assembling a portfolio, but do not become discouraged. Think of your hobbies and interests and ways you can depict these as scenes on paper or canvas. Don't stick to one theme, or you may feel limited and uninspired.

Other steps can help you become a fine artist. If you have received a bachelor's degree in fine arts, you might consider teaching a class or course. Teaching at an art school, high school, or even at a workshop can give you valuable experience.

A fine artist may specialize in sculpturing.
A fine artist may specialize in sculpturing.

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