What Kind Of Artist?

Since I was in the 9th grade I wanted to be an artist. I had been sketching for a few years but I mostly kept what I made to myself and I didn’t talk to anyone about it, but when I got to high school some friends helped me see that that was what I really wanted to do with my life. By the 10th grade I was looking in art schools and slacking on my more “academic” courses in favor of more creative ones, and as a result by the 11th grade I was in art classes, orchestra, after school theater and band, and cooking class (which turned out to be a waste of time). When I was in those classes, however, compared to when I was just sketching by myself, there was a much larger collaborative aspect to the classes. In orchestra band and theater we played as an ensemble, in cooking class we cooked as a team (although I didn’t end up doing much cooking) and even in art class those around you were expected to critic your work and help you develop, and I was much happier and I created my favorite pieces when I was in those settings. I think what all of that taught me was that I want to be the kind of artist who shares their work with everyone around them and even brings them into the piece. I want to collaborate with everyone, and I want their experiences to change the feeble concept of art I have in my mind. For a while I wanted to be a sculptor, and I even went to a studio program for this purpose, but now I think that rather than sculpting I want my art to be molded by others.

2 thoughts on “What Kind Of Artist?

  1. I really enjoyed reading about your experiences with art. As someone who has spent a lot of time doing theatre in high school, I know what it’s like to get a lot of feedback from others. I’m looking forward to seeing what you post in the future. Hopefully me or some of the other DS106 people will help with molding your art.

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