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Re:Formal Art Training or Self Taught 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
I've read quickly through most of the this thread and the general impression I get is that I'm in the minority on this one, but I am academically trained and I love it! In fact, my "day job" aspirations are to become a college professor myself.

I don't think the training makes the artist though; it's your passion and your drive, your desire to experiment and push yourself that make someone an artist, in my opinion.

For me, I love the community of art school. I love working in class with people and being able to debate and discuss with and critique each other. I love most of the professors I've encountered and their knowledge and experience. The whole environment, just being in a world completely dedicated to loving and creating art (I was not raised in such a home; to the contrary, my parents discouraged me from pursuing art) is so wonderful!

I do agree that a lot of stuff that's getting attention that's coming out of my ageset (the 20 somethings) is meh. I don't know that it's the fault of the art schools per se, because I also see some very sophisticated work coming from some of my peers. I think it has more to do with current cultural perceptions of art and technology than what art schools are teaching.
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#9271
Re:Formal Art Training or Self Taught 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
I agree about the drive and passion making the artist!

I mentioned that I attend adult classes at an art school that is also an upstate affiliate of Pratt Art Institute - a well know school in NYC. We were snooping in the studio next to ours and it looked like the Pratt students were doing self portraits. Every single one of them was so dark and full of dispair. It was very sad to see.

I will stick with my bright colors and fun compostions thank you very much
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#9289
Re:Formal Art Training or Self Taught 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Much as I moan about living in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do, I must say that reading these posts, I've realized that as an artist, it has meant that I'm not really influenced by anything because I don't see anything! lol Only online but then I don't spend that much time looking at other people's work except here on TAS. It's made me realize that being so insular has meant that I totally do my own thing. It's not all bad after all!
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Re: Formal Art Training or Self Taught 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
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Re:Formal Art Training or Self Taught 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
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#10807
Re: Formal Art Training or Self Taught 3 Years ago  
Is the plate your work or your mothers? I love the abstract portrait, if that is your work, you are on to something, no formal training needed,!
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