Even though it’s been a while since I last posted, it’s not due to a lack of things to talk about. Five RISD pre-college classes and 71 students brought a lot of great projects, silly moments, and a few heart to heart talks with unsure young artists who are trying to answer that all important question that is dominating their existence at the moment: what do I study in college?? Many assumed the six week program would answer that question crystal clear… and for some that did happen. For others, however, the whirlwind and intensity of the semester just confused them even more. It’s amazing how often I heard the same question thrown my way:
“Did you know that you wanted to go to art school?”
Yes, I did. I didn’t know what major I wanted to choose (odd fact: I thought I was going to go into Apparel), but I knew I wanted to go to art school and later chose RISD. Now, let me stress that I knew I wanted to go to art school. Meaning I wanted to learn…meaning I knew I had potential but still sucked to high heavens when it came to specific areas in art. Whenever you decide to pursue something in higher education, it’s because you usually have a deep interest and passion for it. ‘Nuff said. People who love learning French in high school know more than the average bear (or me), but that doesn't mean they are experts. Twelve-year-olds interested in Medical school aren’t taking small reptiles and performing kidney transplants in the family garage (we hope). However, when it comes to art school I find my students and many others think you have to be already amazing to get in. It’s true that you have to draw more than a stick figure, but obviously if you already knew everything about art than you wouldn’t have to go to an art college in the first place, so don’t stress it if you’re a little rough around the edges.
Great post! I will share with RISD applicants and their parents. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I agree to all of this from personal experience, well said!ReplyDelete
"At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you are now…it’s how hard you push to be where you want to be in the future."ReplyDelete
Thanks for this. I wish I had as much self-confidence as you do. I'm going to begin art school this fall, and I'm really nervous that I'm going to suck at it. But your post encouraged me that good things come to those who work hard!
I really like this post. It reminds me of when I was around 17 and I had tons of raw artistic talent. Everyone just assumed I would go to art school and do something amazing with myself. Long story short... I did a couple semesters of art... then 3 years of Zoology... then I dropped everything and became a yoga teacher which I ADORE. So you know... I think kids put too much pressure on themselves to get it right straight outta the gate. Give yourself some time and it'll all come together.ReplyDelete