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Janet Kutin

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Does University and Art go together?

As a Graphic Communication / Illustration student I have been struggling with the whole idea of it being 'taught' at University.

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  • Apr 15 2014: You can't teach artistic flair but you can study it and what works and what doesnt.
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      Apr 15 2014: But I feel like most of what we get taught is how other artists in history worked, not necessarily teaching us to improve our individual skills and techniques.
      • Apr 15 2014: Are you sure you should be doing Art? What about Fashion? Or Textiles?
      • Apr 15 2014: Art has a tradition of having new artists copy the works of old artist to learn the techniques the greats have used in the past to be the foundation of the artists own style.

        I saw 50 years ago a private collection that showed the work of 1 artist, starting in 1901 to 1960. The collector bought 1 painting a year from the artist. That artist was Picasso and you could see him copying the masters and creating his own style over the years.
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        Apr 19 2014: "But I feel like most of what we get taught is how other artists in history worked, not necessarily teaching us to improve our individual skills and techniques."
        This seems common to many teachings. Maybe individual instruction from expert artist would be way to improve individual skills and techniques.
        Still, the skills and techniques must be applied to a form, could be drawing a certain object. Learning from an expert may provide ways to improve skills and techniques, along with a form to apply them to.
        Uni is available to the masses, individual learning from an expert is not.
        Going to Uni may lead someone to find an expert to learn from.
      • Apr 25 2014: Are you studying art or art history? The art courses I took (very few) and a friend of mine took (very many) were all hands-on, learning and practicing various tools and media.

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