Note: This post, How To Achieve Your Art Goal is a guest post by Bea Potter. You can learn more about Bea at the end of this post.
An artist is always evolving; their talents, inspirations, and mediums are constantly updating. If one wishes to grow and develop as an artist they must set goals and work towards achieving them. This is important because art these days often transcends specific mediums and calls for an artist to be proficient in a variety of forms of expression.
Here we will look at some basic goals artists can implement to make them more well-rounded artists.
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Learn A New Mode Of Expression: Artists who show skill in one particular artistic medium almost always have the aptitude to do well in another. Learning a new mode of expression, such as music, writing, drawing, or painting will no doubt be a long term goal, one that plays itself out over many years.
Still, learning a new artistic skill is one of the most satisfying things people can do. It is best to pick a skill that one can incorporate into whatever artistic talents they already have.
Indulge In A New Kind Of Art: Many people become hyper-focused on their specific area of artistic expression. While this can be good, an artist should be able to taker in influences from a variety of artistic areas. “Many of the most famous artists often drew inspirations from artistic mediums outside of the one which they practiced. “For example, many jazz musicians in the 60s and 70s drew heavily on painting and writing as influences,” writes Jenny Shapiro, an art marketing specialist at Resumention and Academized.
Indulging in different kinds of art is not difficult. It can involve going to a local art gallery, looking for local venues hosting music, or simply reading a book in one’s spare time. The broader an artist’s perspective is the more appealing their art will become.
Engage In A Collaboration: There is a reason why nearly all well known or acclaimed artists engage in collaborative efforts at some point in their careers. By working closely with another individual in the process of creation different perspectives arise which everyone involved begins to feed off of. The world of art, especially music, is full of collaborations that have become classics.
Share: For most artists, the process of a public unveiling or sharing is a key component of the artistic process. After all, art is meant to elicit a response from people. “Audience feedback is one of the most important parts of artist development. This can be seen in stand up comedy, where comedians test their material on live audiences to see what people find funny and what they do not” writes Ben Geffen, an art blogger at BoomEssays and Let’s Go And Learn. Every serious artist should make it a prime goal of theirs to share their art at some point.
Seek Support Or Mentorship: There are very few cases in the art world of individuals succeeding solely on their own. Nearly all had a mentor or instructor at some point in their life. Every artistic discipline has a tradition, and it is linearly going through this traditional framework that gives an artist the appreciation and understanding of their medium. People have a hard time doing this on their own because they tend to gloss over the areas that they do not find interesting or see a use for. A mentor is someone who understands that everything is built off of what came before it and will take their pupil through this journey appropriately. The fact that music lessons are a must for aspiring musicians is a testament to this fact.
Be A Mentor To Someone Else: Mentoring a beginner can be a very rewarding exercise. Teaching often helps solidify the knowledge and skills that one possesses. There is a common saying that says ‘you don’t truly know something until you can effectively teach it to a beginner. Although it may be time-consuming mentoring is a worthwhile goal to set for oneself.
Conclusion: There are many ways artists can improve their skills and expressive capacity and while the above list is by no means exhaustive it is a solid base for those looking to set achievable goals. As stated in the opening paragraph, art is a continual process. It has no end. The only thing one can do is get better.
Bea Potter is a content marketer and editor at Grade On Fire service.
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