EATING MY WORDS ABOUT ART SCHOOL

A quick segue today, before the amazing artist statement I promised you yesterday.

I’ve had to eat my words re: what I said about going to art school.

Here’s what I said in a reply to a comment on that post:

Actually, Aza, I recently had an experience that made me see the value of a good art school education. And that is the connections and opportunities that are made possible. I attended a workshop presented by a young woman who just finished post-graduate degree studies at a prestigious art school. In the course of her studies, she visited the studios of many well-known artists; gained access to facilities (museums, galleries) beyond the reach of most people, even allowed access to their “backstage”, so to speak.

It was enough to make me wish I’d gone to art school, too! :^D

I think everyone has their own needs and desires re: art school. If you feel drawn to it, go. Explore. Take what you need and leave the rest. Take advantage of every opportunity to connect, network, and experiment.

And then, be sure to come back and tell us what you learned.

I’ve never said you shouldn’t go to art school. I say you shouldn’t rule yourself out as an artist if you don’t go.

I remember bugging a friend who decided to go to art school late in life. She was already a productive artist–why did she need an art degree??

She replied that no one in her family had ever gone to college before her, and certainly no one had ever achieved a master’s degree.

She wanted to be the first.

I realized that mattered very, very much to her. And that was a good enough reason to do it.

Sometimes you need a college degree for credentialing. Sometimes you need it to prove something to yourself. And now I know the connections, networking and opportunities you get can be worth every penny.

Just know your reasons.

And don’t use not going as an excuse to not make art. Because I know better.

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2 responses to “EATING MY WORDS ABOUT ART SCHOOL

  1. Long time ago I was about to go to
    an art college though the old boy
    of the college advised me that only
    few can live on their own art and
    most of them would end up an art
    teacher in a junior / secondary
    school —- I changed my mind.
    ( I happen to get a degree in the
    sociology but became a photographer). And now I’m
    creating many kind of strange art
    pieces which even appeared in
    BBC or French ARTE TV.
    To get a job, degree may be useful though, to create something if anyone likes to do, Just Do it.
    ( You may see few samples in my
    blog —- click a category ART )

  2. Your blog inspired me. I went and finished my Master’s degree in my forties. I started making jewelry seriously from my fiftieth birthday. There is so much to learn, explore and experience in this life.

    Take care.
    Dita from
    http://www.bead-z-mommys-business.com
    http://www.alankarshilpa.etsy.com
    http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

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