ACL On The Road

puzzle-pieces -halfI’m taking Art.College.Life. on the road! Ok, I’m actually taking it to the library, but it’s a start, right?

On Wednesday, June 18th I’ll lead a discussion on finding the best fit in a visual arts program, The College Search Process For Art & Design Majors, at the Bexley Public Library at 7:00pm. Please join me, and tell your friends about it.

My goal for the evening is to guide local families through the puzzle known as the college admissions process. Our conversation will cover many of the topics I write about in the posts on Art.College.Life., gleaned from two years of discussions and meetings with college admissions personnel, and visual arts professors and students.

Here’s just a sampling of what we’ll cover:

  • Where’s the best place to begin the college search process?
  • How is the process different for visual art majors?
  • How important is your student’s portfolio?
  • What are your financial options?
  • What career opportunities are available for art and design majors?

Researching the vast number of quality visual arts programs, and narrowing down which are the best for your student can seem daunting and overwhelming. Join our conversation Wednesday night, and gain an understanding for a clearer way through the process.

I hope you can join us!

THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS FOR ART & DESIGN MAJORS

Wednesday, June 18
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bexley Public Library
Bexley, OH

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A New Tool For The Artist In You

pencil

Clearly I have some tech geek hidden somewhere in my soul. I just learned about a hot new app for the I-Pad, and I can’t sit still about it. Pencil is designed to communicate directly with the app, Paper, increasing opportunities for digital creativity in the real world.

Here, users get the chance to create endlessly without the mess of traditional materials. A stylus designed to look like an actual carpenter’s pencil; it uses Bluetooth technology to act like a pencil, paintbrush, or even charcoal. Without switching tools it provides the freedom to write, draw, sketch, color, and paint to your heart’s content. The added benefit of course, is that with digital drawing and painting you can experiment with new ideas and colors without affecting your original design. Want to try a different color? Experiment. Not the right medium for your creation? Switch it up. This new tool lets you erase it, smear it, smudge it, and try again.

Artists of every age can spend countless hours getting lost here. With no brushes to clean afterwards, no charcoal smears on your fingers and hands. And with the holidays around the corner, the designers and engineers at Fifty-Three might have just delivered the perfect gift for artist, student and teacher alike.

Go unleash your creativity, and let me know how you like it.

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Good News For Fine Arts Majors

Boston College

Boston College

OK, here’s the truth: moms and dads worry about their children studying fine arts in college. It’s true. Questions surrounding what type of jobs they’ll obtain after graduation intertwine with concerns about future incomes and lifestyles.

But good news is here.

The Wall Street Journal recently touted opportunities for fine artists in “A Fine-Arts Degree May Be a Better Choice Than You Think.” Specifically, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce studied the satisfaction felt by fine arts graduates, noting that they’re not necessarily starving anymore, and are actually quite content with their chosen career paths.

The article goes on to mention the job opportunities available to fine artists, stating “almost 83% worked the majority of their time in some arts occupation, such as art teaching or in a nonprofit arts organization.” I believe the list of opportunities is even broader. The skills acquired while studying art – in time management, communication, collaboration, and problem solving – result in marketable combinations that large and small businesses clamor for, especially when combined with creativity.

Whether your journey after graduation is one of a working artist or along a different path, the skills you’ll gain majoring in fine arts will remain useful and valuable throughout your life.

Good news and a sigh of relief for mom and dad.

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College News Updates: 9/13

Tom Marioni, The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art

Tom Marioni, The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art

When classes begin and leaves start to crunch underfoot, it’s a sign that outdoor activities will soon take a backseat to indoor ones. And, that the college autumn lecture circuit isn’t far behind. As campus resources go, this is a good one. Many – if not all – art schools across the country use the autumn months to focus students, and engage the broader community with arts and lectures programming. The added benefit for parents is the lectures offer a glimpse into life after college, and the opportunity to hear from those who live as working artists.

Learning from those who’ve gone before you is never a bad idea. I’d suggest checking out what’s in your neck of the woods – at art schools, liberal arts colleges, and research institutions alike. You’ll get a different perspective from each.  And, it could very well prove inspirational.

Here are just some of the myriad programs I’ve come across. Some break them out by department, others group everyone together. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and open to the public, although some recommend reservations. Check online.

Amanda Ross-Ho, Cradle of Filth

Amanda Ross-Ho, Cradle of Filth

California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Washington D.C.

Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase 

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Art, College of Design

University of Texas at Austin

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College News Update: 1/13

Want to keep up to date on the latest news from art programs across the country?  Me too!  From time to time I’ll post timely findings that I think are relevant.    Here’s what I’ve found this week – – –

school logoOn Tuesday, February 5th, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will present its inaugural “Beyond RISD” lecture series.  The lectures are designed to create conversations around the work of RISD alumni, giving current students and the public at large the opportunity to explore a variety of creative career opportunities.  Each event is free-of-charge and open to the public.  The speaker line-up through April includes sculpture, painting and photography alumni.  Detailed information can be found at beyond.risd.edu.

In June 2013, the College of Visual Arts (CVA) in St. Paul, Minnesota will close its doors.   According to an article posted on Minnesota Public Radio, the school is closing primarily because of its “inability to meet financial and academic needs of its students.”  According to the article, the four-year art and design institution suffered from a deep drop in enrollment this past year.  Classes will continue through spring semester, with promises of financial aid met through the end of the academic year.   MPR reported that CVA has reached an agreement with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to take in students who will be seniors next year.

Parsons logoParsons is returning to Paris!  In 1921 the (then) New York School of Fine and Applied Art initiated a Paris program.  Over the years the relationship waned and eventually ended, presenting Parsons with the opportunity to open a new Parisian campus.  This fall, the new campus will open its doors, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as study-abroad opportunities.  To learn more about it visit the Parsons Paris webpage.

logoThe San Francisco Art Institute’s (SFAI) Open Drawing Studio begins again this Friday, January 25th and runs through Friday, April 26th.  A well-known art resource in the Bay Area since the 1950’s, the free Open Drawing days let art students of all levels draw from a live model in a relaxed environment.  Open Drawing days are open to the public on the SFAI campus.  Details can be found on their website.

Savannah College of Art and Design is offering its SCAD Summer Seminars for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Designed to offer prospective college students a sneak peek into what it’s like to pursue an art degree, this program consist of week-long workshops in a variety of artistic media and disciplines.  The admission requirements – including scholarship opportunities – are listed on their website.