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Old 08-20-2011, 12:13 PM
KatyL KatyL is offline
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Is this really a bad thing?

These days many teachers of 3-d have no idea how to do it anyway. Mold making is a deep mystery. No one knows anatomy. Etc.

I see it as a great opportunity for do-it-yourself foundries. I also feel that anyone wishing to become expert at these things (sculpture, metal work, carving, etc.) ought to just strike out on their own. Save all that money you'll never be able to pay back. Get a real degree and a real job.

I do not know if any of you are this old, but I know many old time artists, for example, those who went to college in the 1940's made their own tools. They made their own forges. They got together and formed artist groups and hired their own art models. They got together and poured their own bronzes. (What schools taught was usually out of step, and out of date with the art scene of the time anyway).

What I see in art these days among artists is a kind of learned helplessness, and prostration before the "specialists" of academia. All "school" does, really, is gather the techniques you may need to learn to do some artistic act (i.e. "sculpt," paint, etch). This is fine and good, but really, most of that information is readily available in books. You do not need to be taught any of this, but you do need to learn it.

Other than that -- why do you need to sit in a classroom looking at slides from work that was done in the past? What, get critiques from students who also do not know what they are doing? Be taught by a teacher who has no time to do any art, and who maybe was in one decent show but otherwise sells the occasional work at a small co-op gallery downtown?

(I do have plenty of classroom hours in art, and they were helpful, but most of the stuff I learned was mere "technique" that I could have picked up anywhere).

Beside this, what reason is there to have a "sculpture" program. Will sculpture cease to exist if there are no programs?

I'd say No. In fact, you would eliminate a lot of potential competition-- and (the best thing) you'd eliminate those "sculptors" who think that getting a dead rat and bottle of piss is the equivalent of somehow "making" sculpture. You know the types I mean.

Sorry I am so opinionated. I kind of like the idea of less art schools. I'd like to see a lot less insufferable academics, and a lot more "shoulder to the grindstone"-type artists.
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