Thursday, November 20, 2008

Art School

I'm often asked if I studied art in school. I always laugh and say, "Oh no -- jewelry was never the plan!" If I'd kept going in the direction I was headed, I'd be some sort of doctor right now -- not the "stick out your tongue and say aaaah" type, but the forensic scientist type. The closest I came to art in college was drawing exceptionally difficult molecular structures for organic chemistry.

If I had the chance to do it again, would I have gone to art school?

Probably not.

For one, I would have a gigantic ulcer right now from the stress of doing what the teacher wanted, and not what I wanted. I never liked being told what to read in English class, even though I'm an avid reader, so being told what to draw/sculpt/forge would not have set well with me. I never did well in classes in which I had no interest -- I'd do what I needed in order to pass and be done, but if I'm not inspired by the subject, it's nearly impossible for me to do anything really awesome. That would have made it really difficult for me in art school, because I have zero interest in painting bowls of apples or making a ceramic pot.

I do have an artistic side -- I just never knew it for years upon years. Looking back, I can see it. For senior prom, I tore apart my prom dress and redesigned it. I've always loved interior decorating, whether it was my house or helping a friend. And I've tried painting, drawing, chalks, collage, and all kinds of other crafty, artistic things -- just never showed the results to anyone because at the time, it was just something to do in a spare moment.

If you want to be an artist, whether it's a watercolorist or lampworker -- go for it. If you think a class would benefit you, take it, but never let a lack of formal education get in your way of creating. Creating comes from the heart, and no one can teach that.



  1. Anonymous9:26 PM

    I think everyone starts off with an artistic side, but some people lose theirs along the way. Luckily, yours has thrived and blossomed over the years.

  2. Oh how true, says the former social worker and securities trader!

  3. "Creating comes from the heart, and no one can teach that."

    Great thought and very true, I feel.


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