All learning is trial and error. Children start their learning process by watching and mimicing before developing their own methods. An artist has to do the same – look at the work of an artist you admire, practice how they compose and construct their art then develop your own style from their technique. Van Gogh is a popular artist to get started on and one that will help to loosen up your style. The school children I met this week whilst out ‘en plein air’ were being taught about Van Gogh and had been copying his style of painting.