It’s back to school in all the ways! The days are getting shorter and colder. Newly packed schedules include return to office for adults, and back into classroom for kids. What education offers is constantly changing and contested. And yet we still do school!
I’m amazed by the dedication of students to deepen their learning. Every year, I participate in portfolio review to meet with art and design folks perfecting their craft. Current undergrads and graduate students tell me that advanced degrees are still an impossible luxury. Not enough has changed – they still are navigating a system hostile to students of color and communities skeptical of art as a “real” job. And to be fair, a creative career is still a risky move. Some core advice has come out of conversing with my art school kids:
- The magic is in the edit: Pick the highlights of your work and ditch the rest. One standout idea, well executed, can take you far.
- There’s enough time: Our world is moving at an impossible pace, and we shouldn’t try to match the craziness. Every day is another chance to get it right.
- You know what you are doing: The students that I meet are developing strong technique, strong ideas, and strong emotion. That’s the perfect platform for growth.
Yours in autumn colors,
Image Credit: “‘SPOT ON SCHOOLS’ EXHIBITION (curated by Paola Giaconia)” by We are Image is licensed under CC BY 2.0.