My art education comes from a variety of places.

By far, the best place to learn about materials, archival standards, and techniques is from books and the internet. It is a very good place to learn about the business of art. In addition, biographies and picture books of artists are so helpful and encouraging. It is so nice to read how Vemeer put his pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. 

 

Secondly is from the retail art supply industry. Product leaflets, web sites, sales reps, and just learning the inventory are great ways to learn about materials and equipment. 

 

Standards of craftsmanship was communicated the strongest in the construction industry by the tradesman who had the highest standards. All the trades have their own fine detail work, and working alongside them in the final punches makes me want to be in their ranks.

 

University was the place to learn creativity, art theory and the competitiveness of the art scene.

 

But the only place I've found where I could properly get academic art training, classical training, was by paying a fair bit of money at one of the good ateliers. You can find recommended ones at the Art Renewal Center site. If you want someone to demonstrate how to draw and paint, and supervise you, give you strict feedback, this is the only way I have found out how to do that.

 

However, I do not think anyone without formal art training is lacking any opportunity to be an artist. The information is available to any person who wants to teach themselves, but you have to be very disciplined to make yourself follow the instructions.