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Art school memories

I thought, that I had picture of all my works, until I started to look around. There is many works from my childhood, that aren't documented. Many of those are from years I was in art schools. I was in view different kind of places. One common thing for all was, that we had professional teachers and supplies to do anything related to art. There was pressers for metal pressing, ovens for pottery, anything you just could think.  Most of the time I liked to be there and be able to try, that many different kind of styles, that isn't normally options to try. Like who kid has pottery oven to use! Now looking back, I don't feel as optimistic about it.

The style of teaching was really limiting for artist. Well any of us wasn't really a artist age of 8. But that style staid at same, all years long. They gave you a specific topic, tools, materials and techniques to use. Then I didn't even saw that, there was a pattern. Think of getting subject to do a horse using pottery. You have 4 hours to do it. If you aren't ready at the time, then it'll be late from oven and anyways, there isn't going to be time in future to finish it, so it isn't going to be ever ready. I have view problems with this. First of all if you aren't horse girl, you don't know horse's anatomy fell enough to do it well, from your head. And to be specific the lesson wasn't about horses anatomy. In that case, there would be at least photos about that anatomy to teach us about it. Topic is as random then, using it as example.  Second problem is, how much creativity that gives to you, when all lessons works like this. Third is that time limit. Of course that kind of environment there has to be some time limits and even more with pottery, because lay dries, but can you do what ever other one asks you to do in next four hours. You don't have time to think about it, you just need to start or the possibility is, that you waisted those hours to do something, that you can't ever finish.

To be constructive I have to tell how I'd do it, not just what the problems are. First of all, I'd give the next lessons topic to students at end of last lesson, so they'd have time to think about it. That would also give more time to them in that next hour, because the time for thinking wouldn't be needed. In my version all lessons doesn't have limiting topics, there would be themes. Something with what you could use your creativity, about what you are doing and what technique. You should also be allowed to mix techniques. That is really what being creative artist really is. To be able to solve problems with mixing something from different style or technique.

I also miss having more teaching style art education. Not just learning how to do some technique while making it and learning from your mistakes. We had view hours about perspective and texture, but I missed focusing more to anatomy and things like dimensions. Of course I'm happy that I was able to be there, and try so many things, but what I know now and how I work, I've learn myself.

Maybe this is my way to give that art lessons, I'd hoped to have for myself, what I'm doing here now! I'm going to use time to taking pictures of my old works next days and then going back to more  art related topics here. @FromMadeByMeri

Painting and pressing to fabric from my first year in art school.


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