Joining an art group may be dreadful for some artists who are introverted. However, as some artists have shared based on their experiences, being a member of an art group or club has quite a number of benefits. There are still cons but the pros outweighed these. This proves that joining art groups is far better than being alone. It has been seen that being in groups provides valuable benefits to every artist.
Whether you’re an emerging artist or already an established professional, joining an art group is highly beneficial. It provides several advantages that will aid an artist’s growth and skills development. The following are a few of these advantages:
- Learn new techniques from other artists.
Artists tend to have different styles and techniques in creating their works. From drawing using pencils, charcoals, etc., painting using different brush strokes, to digital art, there are countless styles and techniques in different media that an artist may acquire and apply. Learning new skills, and sharing knowledge, can be equally rewarding and fun.
- Receive helpful feedback from other artists.
One of the most beneficial reasons why joining an art group is advantageous is the meaningful constructive critiques an artist may get from the other artists. It will aid one to further better his work by going through the areas of his weaknesses, works that aren’t “quite right enough” and how to “correct” these lapses, and further develop his skills. Aside from the feedbacks, compliments and supports are also thrown within the circle. Nothing beats a compliment, and or a helpful feedback, from someone you admire and respect.
Also, if you are a pro in a particular field, your ideas and advises are of great help to emerging artists. Now isn’t that fulfilling?
- Discuss and exchange information about resources and art tools.
It is an informative venue for recommendations with regard to art materials and other topics such as workshops, exhibits, and events that will help showcase an artist’s works. An artist may find opportunities in expanding his creative network among these discussions. Commissions, exposure, and business could be a few of these opportunities. Recommendations from people you highly trust will be of a great help to you.
- Form collaborations and/or participate in art shows.
Expose your skills and artworks and form group projects and events. This may be in the form of art exhibits that will help show and spread your passion and talent to the public. Again, various opportunities may arise when engaging in these activities. It will also help build an artist’s credibility as part of his experiences.
- Meet new friends.
Socialize. One of the most common perceptions of an artist is that they are introverts, enjoy solitude, and are “stuck” in their own worlds. While being solitary sometimes is necessary in order to conceive a wonderful masterpiece, meeting new people that hold wonderful talents and share similar interests with you is a wonderful experience. Other groups tend to organize activities that not only benefit the group itself but also help the community such as workshops. Doing things together builds a strong connection and bond between members. Sure, the primary focus of the group’s gatherings is always about your works but deep friendships and bonds are always possible to form, and it’s beautiful to find someone who will share personal struggles and happiness with you.
If you are now convinced to get out of your shell (and studio), grow, and meet new creative people, go ahead and check with a local art group. You may find events and art shows that you have never heard of and be part of it. If none, then you can start your own group. Or if you have a packed schedule, there are online groups available that artists can join. It does not require you traveling to a location in order to meet in flesh but it still offers the same benefits as meeting personally. You may find opportunities that you did not know is actually there and discover more information that’ll expand your knowledge and skills.