I think that my investment into becoming a better artist is more mental than physical. I’ve become more willing to discover ideas without the barriers of insecurity and a fear of judgment. I’m willing to overcome my setbacks in order to better my creative work.
If I could re-live this past year as an art student there would be a lot that I would do differently. I would initially put more focus on productivity and the type and amount of work that I am making. I would set more goals for myself as an artist and I would not allow my fear of judgment silence my voice. I would experiment more with different ways of thinking that do not follow trends but instead come from a genuine thought.
What I am proud of most from the last two years is the way my work has evolved. I’m not anywhere close to where I want to be regarding works but I can see it becoming easier for me to visualize pieces and make them the way I want to.
So far the most memorable experience from my time at DRHSART is when our class was brainstorming together how we can change the dynamic in our classroom in order to breed more creativity and comfort. The reason this memory sticks out to me is because it was a moment when everyone displayed their eagerness for an environment for our class and future classes to have a more welcoming energy. Everyone conveyed passion and that moment in itself inspired me to work harder in the future.
The advice that I would give to future students of this program would be very basic. I would tell the students that in order to benefit from this program you have to be willing to put in the effort and let go of your fears and prior systems of thinking. Take this class as seriously as you would any other course in school because it will benefit you whether you see it immediately or not. Take advantage of your resources, the creative environment filled with your peers and teachers, diligently work and you’ll see progress, and most importantly don’t be afraid to speak up.