Engaging in arts is healthy not only for the brain but the soul too. It enhances academic performance and it helps you channel deep emotions into something productive, positive and tangible. That’s why more and more creative hotels are appearing now (check out this art hotel in Hobart for example)!
More than that, it increases confidence, teaches you discipline and releases you from stress.
People who are artistic by nature might travel for miles just to find a course that heeds their creativity. But then, as this comes with expensive retreat packages, oftentimes, art fanatics end up choosing practicality and dismissing indulgence.
However, it would be a waste if you’ll just decide not to do art anymore. Especially when a quick Google search might reveal an art community that gets together occasionally near you.
Here are ways to find an art course near you:
- Taking an occasional walk around your neighbourhood may lead you to discover things that you didn’t know were there. Randomly, you may bump into friends from before that are now into things that you are interested in the same way. Or if not, they may connect you to people who know something about your art. Serendipity plays a great role around this but either way, it opens you to a lot of new things.
- Research through your online maps connecting via hashtags related to your art. There’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest all equipped with vicinities and location maps of where they meet up. These hashtags discreetly make up a community. They saturate similar preferences and they connect people who have the same interests almost instantly. In here you can communicate to the people involved or plan a meetup.
- Make sure you sign up for newsletters or local announcements in connection to your art preference. Usually, when art courses come up, they promote it through this and emails.
- Don’t underestimate networking. When you get a chance, talk about your art interests with your family, friends and colleagues. Letting them know about this little part of yourself makes them understand the kind of person you are. And so while they are out there and hear anything about it, they’d relate information to you and hopefully recommend it to you.
- Probably one of the easiest ways to look for an art course is through search platforms like Google and Yahoo. This leads you straight to a website that gives you actual information as to where and what course will be run at a specific time. More likely, if there are websites logged on to these search platforms, they stand not only legit but also safe. You will likely be able to pre-pay your course online, without the hassle of paying at the venue or getting stressed out on missing bills.
- Be on the lookout for posters that may have been put up in groceries, restaurants and other public walls. This may contain some information regarding upcoming events that features an art course. You could connect this with number 1.
- Make sure you have time to take the course! If you’ve got a hotel job on the side, for example, you might have to check that your shifts don’t clash with the course times.
- Lastly, if you don’t find anything around your area, going to museums, libraries and art centres could connect you to the people who could guide you into forming one. From there, you could build a community. Plan one as you solicit signatures and then advertise it. Send out invites for like-minded people to join and come up with an event on your own. This could attract art teachers. By then, you’d get hold of courses that you can benefit from yourself.
Here’s the truth about being passionate about something: you will never feel tired of pursuing it. When there’s no option for an art course near you, don’t give up. Be creative around it and do know that you could always make a way to attain it.