"I can't draw." How many times have you said that or heard someone else say it? It's probably right up there with "I'm useless at Maths," or "I'm hopeless at languages." All of these things you have told yourself you can't do have one thing in common. They require a skill set that can be taught to anybody who is willing to learn.
"Ah," I can hear you say, "but they still require an innate talent, people are born with those skills, you have to be a natural to be able to learn and develop them," and then, "There is no way you will be able to teach me to be an artist, I have no talent whatsoever!" Well it is true some people are born with a pencil in their hand. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Monet are all revered for their enormous talent and genius and yes they all went to some form of art school or received instruction where their talent was trained.
However, Vincent van Gogh was not born with a natural ability, but was first taught to draw at school by Constantijn C. Huysmans, a successful artist in Paris who advocated a systematic approach to the subject. Vincent would later go on to teach himself further through application and practice. In his letters to his brother Theo he used to complain how difficult drawing was, this from a man who now is acknowledged as one of the masters of modern art!