When I was much younger, my favorite thing to do with my family was visit art museums. I would walk through the galleries, staring at paintings and sculptures until I had a headache from all the beauty and thoughtfulness of the world reflected in them. Now that I’m older, life has gotten a bit more complicated—I have to work, pay bills and take care of myself! But traveling is still important to me because it’s one of the few ways that I can be close to my family without actually being around them (and also because there are just so many cool things out there).
Check out local museums.
Most cities have museums dedicated to the art of their region, and this is a great place to start if you are new to the subject. Museums will often have an art history section where you can learn about artists from your destination, as well as exhibits that showcase local talent. Many museums also have gift shops where visitors can buy books or postcards featuring their favorite pieces from the collection.
Seek out art galleries in your home city.
You can start by seeking out art galleries in your own city. They’re a great place to learn about the local culture and find out about upcoming events. You might also discover new artists you didn’t know existed before, which will help broaden your horizons as an artist yourself!
Visit an art fair or two.
Art fairs are fun, and they’re great for learning about art. You can see a lot of different pieces in one place, and talk to the artists who made them. You get to know them better than you would if you visited their studio or gallery on your own, because at an art fair there are lots of people there too! And if you like something enough, maybe even buy it!
Attend a lecture at a university, community center or museum.
Attending a lecture is an excellent way to learn more about the art you’re interested in, and it’s easy to find one. Lots of places host lectures, including:
- Universities and community centers (often free or cheap)
- Museums, galleries and libraries (sometimes free)
Take an art history course online or at a local community college.
If you’re interested in taking an art history course, but don’t want to spend the money or time on an in-person class, there are plenty of online courses available. These can be taken from anywhere in the world, so long as there is internet access and a computer with which to access it. Online courses also offer flexibility: if you miss a day due to travel plans or illness (or even just because), no problem! Most programs allow students who need extra time on tests or papers due to extenuating circumstances like these as well–and they often offer individual tutors at little cost if needed.
Finally, online classes are cheaper than their traditional counterparts because they don’t require any materials besides textbooks (which may not even be necessary). Many colleges will even waive their application fees for prospective students who apply through certain sites such as Udemy (which has over 1 million subscribers) or Coursera (whose clientele includes over 20 million people).
Take a photography class and shoot your own travel photos with a real camera instead of your phone.
If you’re looking to take your photography skills up a notch, consider taking classes at your local community college. You can learn how to use a DSLR camera in one of these classes and get the best lens for your budget.
- Basics of Photography – Learn about aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings as well as composition tips. This will help make sure that all of your photos look professional!
- Landscape Photography 101 – Take pictures of landscapes around the world (e.g., mountains or beaches).
- Portrait-Shoot Workshop – Practice taking portraits of people during this workshop so that when it comes time for family photos on vacation–or even just selfies with friends–you’ll know what works best!
Art is everywhere and if you know where to look, it’s fun to discover new pieces of art no matter where you are
Art is everywhere and if you know where to look, it’s fun to discover new pieces of art no matter where you are.
- You can travel to see art. For example, if you’re in New York City and want to see an amazing exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any other museum), then go! It’s worth traveling for because these experiences will make your life richer and more interesting.
- You can also stay home and find art there. If there isn’t anything on display in your hometown or city that interests you right now, maybe try searching online or asking friends about what kinds of events they would recommend going to when they come up on their calendars? You might be surprised by how much cool stuff has been happening around town without even knowing about it!
Art is an important part of our lives and it can be a great way to connect with other people. It’s also fun to learn about new artists and styles of art while traveling around the world!