What are they worth? Are they worth it in a college program? These are great questions, but a bit tricky to answer. The answer is a resounding, “No, not really.”
Art, though often overlooked, holds a unique place in learning and life as a whole. It’s been used by humans to solve everyday problems that plague our lives at every level, from the macro world to the micro. A good art class will not only teach the students what art is, but also help the students understand why and how an art works. Most of the students we get into art classes are really into studying color and texture, so a color class should certainly be on the agenda (though not one we do most of). In the end, it isn’t really about how many class hours you spend doing art work, it’s about finding and appreciating creative and interesting works of art. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in isolation in a box every time you want to learn something new. Art class should focus mostly on how you connect the dots of the world and your body, and what you actually create with each of them.
If you have an art class coming up in the near future, take my words seriously and take extra precautions to make sure you’re able to go. These are the sorts of things you’ll have to worry about if you don’t have a good art teacher:
– Avoid class that isn’t interesting enough for you to learn a lot about it. You should have plenty of opportunities to take interesting art classes, but the kind one might call boring, like painting the walls and working on a model. Art classes that are like this are not worth your time.
– If the teacher doesn’t seem interested in what you do in class, it’s time for you to move along as a student and leave the class early. Many teachers hate getting the students to leave their class or to give them more time than they have, so be sure to give them plenty of time, if they don’t mind your presence and if they want to give you more questions to ask. If you find yourself taking art classes too soon, you can always ask for more time to see what the class is really about.
– If the teacher is an old school artist, be aware that he probably doesn’t have much to teach you about what is really going on with the world. You’ll want to learn from new teachers who might have some interesting tips about photography, design, sculpture, and