Art Education

art school no regrets Thoughts

I went to art school for 4 years and obtained my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing degree. In the future, I'd like to attend residencies, courses & workshops in Canada and afar because I feel that artists should constantly learn from others and be in a community environment. It's hard to do everything by yourself and be alone. I do not, for a second, regret going to Art School to be quite honest. At times, I reflect on some of the silly things that happened in school and sometimes we had rough instructors, but in the end... no, I don't regret it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I miss school a lot. After you leave, it feels like you have been ripped out of your warm little nest and thrown into the air, crashing and hitting all the branches as you fall down to the pavement. When you finally wake up from the crash, you'll find the pieces of your nest scattered about. It's up to you to reconnect and rebuild your nest again. When you rebuild, it will be stronger and it won't fall apart this time if you fall. I don't think art school (4+ years degree, plus a masters afterward) is suitable for everyone because the learning style is very much about being conceptual and learning by yourself. How ironic, that art school should be filled with artists who are "self-taught", and that we should be learning via "self-teaching" methods. After all, isn't art all about "self" anyways? You can be trained technically to draft a perfect human being, or take a perfect photograph, but what are you if you don't have the creative impulse to think beyond technicalities? There are courses and residencies and schools out there for people wanting to be a technical artist. The school I went to - ACAD - is not a technical school. It's okay, though... because I know that practice is what makes you a good artist.

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