Mark Grant
Watercolour Blog



The Art of Learning: Why I'm Not a Fan of Workshops


As an avid watercolor artist and urban sketcher, I've always believed that the journey of creativity is a deeply personal one. It's about exploring your unique style, honing your skills, and finding your own voice in the world of art. Recently, I've set up my YouTube channel to share my insights and experiences, which has prompted me to reflect on my stance regarding art workshops. In this blog post, I'd like to share my updated perspective on why I'm not a big fan of art workshops.


1. Artistic Authenticity: For me, art is a form of self-expression, a way to translate my thoughts and emotions onto paper. When I attend a workshop, there's often a sense of conformity, a pressure to replicate the instructor's style or follow a particular technique. This can stifle the individuality that makes art truly unique. I'd rather embrace the imperfections and quirks that define my personal style.


2. Limitation of Creativity: Workshops can inadvertently restrict creativity by providing a structured environment. While structure can be beneficial for beginners, it can sometimes hinder the exploration of new ideas and unconventional approaches. I've always valued the freedom to experiment and innovate, which may not always align with the workshop curriculum.


3. Costly Motivation: Many workshops come with a significant price tag. While they can provide motivation to paint, I've found that the cost can sometimes outweigh the benefits. There are more affordable ways to stay motivated, such as setting personal challenges, participating in online art communities, or simply dedicating time to daily practice.


4. Daily Practice vs. Formal Education: It's worth noting that many great artists achieved their mastery through daily practice rather than formal education. They don't often attribute their success to workshops or degrees in art. Instead, they emphasize the importance of consistent dedication to their craft. Many renowned artists are even dropouts from formal art schools, highlighting that artistic excellence isn't always tied to a traditional education.


In conclusion, I'm not against workshops per se, as they can be beneficial for beginners and artists seeking specific skills or techniques. However, for those of us who thrive on creative autonomy and individuality, it's essential to strike a balance between structured learning and personal exploration. Ultimately, the path to becoming a better artist is a personal one, and it's essential to choose the methods that resonate most with your artistic journey.


As I continue to share my insights and experiences in the world of watercolor and urban sketching through my blog and YouTube channel, I'll be exploring alternative ways to nurture artistic growth and encourage others to find their unique artistic voices.

Stay tuned for more updates and discussions on art, watercolor, and urban sketching right here on and on my YouTube channel!


About My Watercolour Blog: Exploring Art, Creativity, and Watercolour Beauty

Welcome to my watercolour blog, an immersive journey that intertwines inspiration, creativity, and the enchanting allure of watercolour painting. As a prominent watercolour artist rooted in Ormskirk, I invite you to delve into my world of expertise, passion, and knowledge, catering to both art enthusiasts and budding painters.


Beginner's Corner: Diving into Watercolours

If the world of watercolours has piqued your curiosity but seemed daunting, my blog is your entryway. Mark Grant's Watercolour World offers insights, guidance, and practical tips to kick-start your watercolour journey. Learn the art of selecting optimal tools, including premium 300g cotton paper and precision brushes. Master essential techniques like washes, glazing, and wet-on-wet, guided by my regular posts.

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Witness urban landscapes come to life through my artistic lens. As an active member of Downtown Urban Sketchers in Liverpool City Center, I share my firsthand experiences and techniques in capturing the pulse of city life on paper. Traverse the transformation of bustling streets, iconic landmarks, and vibrant cityscapes into captivating watercolour sketches. Discover the joy of on-location sketching, infusing vibrancy into your artwork with each stroke.

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For me, watercolour transcends conventional art practice — it's a mindful and meditative practice. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic realm of watercolour artistry. This segment of the blog delves into the meditative essence of painting. Explore how my creative process fosters self-expression and introspection, grounding me in the present. Learn to infuse mindfulness into your art, forging a deeper connection with your creative expression and discovering solace in the act of creation.


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Witness your visions and emotions materialize through my commissioned artworks. Be it cherished memories, beloved landscapes, or defining moments, my proficiency in pure watercolour painting breathes depth and sentiment into your ideas. Journey through the collaborative process of creating personalized pieces, and witness the alchemy that transforms your concepts into bespoke art that resonates with your heart.


Mark Grant's Watercolour World blog is an oasis for novices and seasoned artists alike, fostering an enriched artistic odyssey. Focusing on cultivating creativity, embracing urban landscapes, and intertwining mindfulness with art, my blog invites all watercolour enthusiasts into a profound, enriching experience. Join this vibrant, immersive journey and unlock the boundless potential of watercolour painting.


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