Since the dawn of history, art has been a fundamental part of life. From cave paintings to masterpieces at the Louvre, we find this common denominator in every culture. It is an extemely worthwhile endeavor.

The questions remain: How do you go about creating art? Is natural talent necessary? According to Fine Artist and Educator Larry Gluck, Founder of the Mission: Renaissance Fine Art Studios, it all comes down to mastering the basics. These days if you desire higher education in the field of the arts, you have to prove that you can already do it by producing a top notch portfolio. If you were a natural talent, fine, but for most people this barrier proves insurmountable.

The answer to this catch 22 is to learn the fundamentals of the subject in the correct order. Larry Gluck has researched and revived the lost Fine Art techniques and often neglected basics needed to really teach someone art. “The worst thing anyone can do is to tell a child he has no talent. In our studios we see that when you provide a child with the correct information in a supportive environment their talent will blossom. We see it everyday.”

Today school systems separate “talented” children from those that they deemed untalented. The question is what kind of parameters exist to make such conclusions? If you give any child a pencil and paper, there is 100 percent certainty that he or she will do something creative with it. There is also 100 percent certainty any child will develop artistic skill providing there is a method of instruction not based on opinions or abstract concepts. “Everyone can acquire the talent to draw and paint beautifully,” Gluck says. His main challenge was to create a standard method of Fine Art instruction that could get results from one person to another, and that is Mission: Accomplished.