I had heard the rumors but I was not sure if it was true. Our middle school art teacher had been around for years and she was notoriously hard to deal with. If you got on her good side then you would be ok but if you acted up or did anything she didn’t like, you would be in for a hard year. The rumors that swirled around her was the idea that she wore a wig. Now that I am older I understand that this is not a big deal. Many women wear wigs and it really does not have an effect on what I think about a person. But as a young kid this was a huge thing. Not only was it embarrassing but it was insanely funny. So as a middle school student I couldn’t let this go. I had to poke the bear and push the envelope. Needless to say I was not able to get on her good side. I made jokes about hair and I asked questions about wigs.
However there was one day that really made my jokes go away. We were asked to use modeling clay to make clay heads. The faces could be shaped and the finished product would be displayed. I loved this task and I was completely devoted to making the best clay head in the class. She noticed my devotion and this made a huge impact on our relationship. The art was awesome and the finished product looked great. This was an art class that started off bad but by the end of the year we were actually somewhat close. I love art.
Making the decision to go to art school is never easy. Even though you might have a great deal of talent, you’re going to get a great deal of flak from at least some of your family members who won’t see the arts as reliable way to earn a living. If you’re passionate about art, and aren’t going to mind if you have a few lean years in your future, you should make art college a part of your future.
Start researching schools in advances. Give yourself at least a minimum of a year before you have to apply to study the pros and cons of each school and to get your portfolio ship shape.
By this point, you should know what style of art you love the most. Take the time and choose the school that has curriculum designed towards the medium. For example, if you love photography, look for a school that has several photographers on staff.
Read through the submissions guidelines and find out exactly what they’re looking for when they go through an applicant’s portfolio. Even though you want the work you show to be an expression of who you are, you also want it to catch the eye of the admissions staff. It’s okay to insert a couple pieces you personally don’t love, as long as they’re good quality.
Make sure you include some business classes into your studies. These days it’s not enough to promote great art. In order to be a success you also have to know how to market yourself. Business classes will teach you marketing tips, how to handle expenses and taxes, and a million other things that will make your life easier.