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How Effective Is One-To-One Teaching In Visual Art?

Technology and the high speed Internet has opened up a myriad ways of imbibing knowledge and learning a new skill. However, the traditional methods of classroom learning remains the most popular due to its personal and physically interactive nature. Where our hands are tied, we are forced to turn to online teaching methods such as through skype or video courses, but these remain a last resort with most students, the most serious of whom still prefer hands on teaching and learning. There has never been anything in the history of teaching that is better than the guiding hand of a faculty that exists practically and in real time. 

Since the last couple of years, one-to-one education is gaining immense popularity. Unlike conventional group classes, in one-to-one class, courses are specifically tailor-made for an individual participant, which are delivered on a one-to-one basis i.e. one faculty per student and per topic. This option becomes more meaningful and critical, when the training is related with typical subjects such as visual fine arts (i.e. drawing, sketching, painting and sculpturing etc.), where participant’s existing abilities are not homogeneous; and the best way to impart knowledge and new skills to the participant is by shown-n-tell in person.

Let us try to understand various pros and cons of one-to-one personalized teaching.

Advantages of one-to-one teaching are –

  1. One-to-one engagement model: A one-to-one session between faculty and student ensures that the full concentration of either is devoted to each other without the distraction of other students at different levels of abilities. The faculty and student are pressurized to achieve results because of a greater degree of responsibility. This entire close coupling ultimately leads a higher rate of success and minimum risks.
  2. Personalized course: One-on-one courses are tailor-made using flexible modules, so that course objectives are attained easily and quickly. As a result, the content can be derived 70% to 80% faster than in a group with hands on correction and exemplary guidance, with over 99% of success rate. This system reduces the chances of risks that naturally occur within heterogeneous groups such as mixed ability, group dynamics, early finishers, slow learner and late arrivals etc.
  3. Delivery methodology:  It enables a personalized and flexible delivery methodology to suit the depth of topic and student’s existing abilities. To minimize the learning curve, courses are designed with right combination of structured, semi-structured and un-structured training, with required depth of knowledge for each topic. It reduces the efforts required to achieving efficacy and a better learning curve, with greater understanding and content retention.
  4. Flexible class timings: It works on the basis of mutually agreed, flexible timings for both the student and the faculty. Learning at self-pace is considered to be the most effective and efficient way of learning topics related with visual arts.
  5. Focus on creative abilities: For the faculty, it is easy to harness creative abilities of the participant, which is different from replication (i.e. copy from reference picture) skills ensuring that by being present to guide him, the faculty encourages originality and out of the box thinking. Such one-to-one interactions may also help students explore their hidden skills too.

Disadvantages are far less but may be mentioned as a by product

  1. Lack of competition:  The lack of competition and no group learning via collaboration may churn out limited perspectives and a laid-back attitude in a student.
  2. High level commitment:  Sessions can be intense, physically and mentally exhausting, for both faculty and student. Because of the dynamic nature of content and its apt delivery, high expertise (i.e. combination of right domain knowledge and high level of teaching skills) is expected from faculty, and an equally dedicated and persistent application is expected from a student too.
  3. May sound an expensive option:  As compared to group class, one-to-one classes may appear to be an expensive option for casual students. But for serious students one-to-one engagement will turn out be less expensive option, as the goals are met quickly, with the required depth of knowledge.


The primary objective of course is to quickly learn the identified subject with the right depth of knowledge. In order to realize this objective, consider an art academy, which has competent faculty, and are offering one-to-one visual fine art education services, without compromising on the quality of knowledge, which is getting imparted to the students. If you are a serious student and looking for value-for-money, effective teaching and quick results, consider one-to-one teaching.

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