A Word (or several) About Art School
There are two things that have the most influence on you and your skill as an artist when you’re in school:
- How much effort you put into your education (you only get what you put in, and that’s the truth).
- Your professors/mentors.
That being said, when you’re choosing a college, DO NOT automatically assume that private and/or higher tuition equals “better.” There are some amazing professors out there working at public universities. There are some shoddy ones at private schools. Don’t just do your research on the school! Take the time to find out who the professors are, and research them. Look at their work, read about their philosophy, read reviews on them if you can.
Next, work your ass off. I kick myself for not really immersing myself more into my college experience. That shit is FLEETING and you just don’t fathom how quickly it all disappears until it’s over. You’re paying a lot of money to be there, so milk it. Get as much knowledge from your instructors as you can, spend as many hours in the studio as you can, and read every damn book you can get your grubby hands on. Pretty soon, it will be off to the “real world” with you, and suddenly you’ll see what a moron you were for thinking you were busy and tired when you were a 20 year old student. It’s easy to keep drinking once you have a 9 to 5, but it’s a lot harder to find yourself surrounded with intelligent, seasoned creatives who are around for the specific purpose of helping YOUR ungrateful ass, so don’t fuck it up.
You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money so you can go to a “private,” elite institution that got a shout out in that hip art magazine you subscribe to in order to get a worthy education. You just need to put in the work, and study as much as you can under people who inspire you and push you to be better. SO BE BETTER. Do as I say, not as I did.
That is all.