Break Major Art Skills Down Into Small, Highly Focused Chunks

What Is Microlearning? How Can I Use It In Art?

Microlearning is when you break a major skill down into relatively small chunks and learn through practicing small activities to master one chunk at a time.

Here's a microlearning example. When learning to draw, you can break the major skill of drawing down into several small chunks. Then practice one piece at a time.

Chunk The Major Art Skill Down Into Small Manageable Pieces.

Work On Each Piece Then Put Them Back Together Again As A Whole Skill Set.

There’s a lot to think about when drawing, especially when drawing from life. While you're developing a major skill like drawing, it's hard to focus on everything at once.

Break apart a major skill like drawing and identify smaller minor skills you'd like to improve. For instance, you might focus on getting accurate proportions for a while.

Let go of everything else and do your very best to get your measurement right. You might focus on capturing every angle correctly while letting go of everything else for a while.

Get a good hold on proportions and getting the right angles. Then move on to working on values.

If you'll narrow your focus to one thing and dedicate time to each of these micro-skills, I believe you'll see improvement more rapidly.

Why Slow Down & Practice Deliberately?:

Be slow and deliberate with every mark you make. Practice as perfectly as you can.

What you practice is what will become automatic. I talked to a dancer about this recently and this is what she told me about deliberate practice.

She said that you have to practice “full out” in dance. She clarified by saying that you need to practice each and every move fully extended to the proper position.

If you practice with short, lazy or jerky movements, those are what will become automatic. When it’s time for the performance, you’ll slip up and revert back to those same sloppy, short, lazy, or jerky movements that you practiced time and again.

It matters how you practice because it will eventually become autonomous.

Author: Sonia Reeder-Jones

Photos of artist Sonia Reeder-Jones