Technology has made learning new things very easy. Our favorite chefs, musicians, and artists are now offering classes on-line. Learning new art techniques is now convenient and easy!When you are just starting to find your footing, it seems natural to just want to take all the classes you can and hope some of what that successful artist teacher has rubs off on you. But learning techniques and finding your style or voice are not the same thing. If you take an art class and then just make exactly what the teacher is making, you are not making it your own. Creating exactly what the teacher makes is the art equivalent of being a Bruce Springsteen cover band. Sure, practice what the teacher is teaching a million times and learn it, but then make it your own.
If you struggle with finding your style or how to use new techniques in your existing practice, try this method:
Choose one subject you either love or hate and create 7 new works with the techniques you just learned. This method works best if it's a subject you have strong feelings about (love/hate). If you took a class about how to paint watercolor flowers, apply those techniques to any subject BUT flowers. If you love birds, apply those techniques to painting birds. Hate birds, apply those techniques to painting birds. I am using painting as an example but this works for all types of art. New techniques can add new life to your existing style and range of artistic expression without biting the style of your art teacher.