Yes, that's a definite trend.
I think the main problem is the lack of an understanding of how art conveys meaning. (Part of the problem, actually, is reading people like Harold Speed and thinking one has read a book about composition and expression.) So they come up with pretty ideas for decorative paintings which have no passionate truth at the core of them. And the more sensitive among these atelier-dwellers never work up the passion to make the thing. And the more ambitious actually make their pretty little ideas, which when exhibited bore the pants off everybody except the other atelier dwellers and rich women who would like a friend in bohemia and something pleasant for over the couch.
Harold Speed-type training is the reason why Harvey Dunn's composition classes were full of professional artists.