If you are like me, you understand that the more you know, the more there is to know.
When I first started to paint I was hungry for information about techniques. Then I began to understand how important composition is and I studied the elements and principles of design. About that time, I realized that the choice of materials make a difference so I learned about pigments and supports.
If you did an inventory of resources (books, publications, classes, videos, internet resources, etc.) I suspect that the numbers would reflect the order in which most students seek the information. After technique, design, and media, people begin to study the history of their medium and that leads to concerns about meaning. It’s no surprise to me that there aren’t many resources for practitioners and enthusiasts that explain how art speaks.