slightly wonky


Fine arts degree?
June 3, 2011, 4:29 pm
Filed under: printmaking

As you may or may not recall from an earlier post, one of the people who recently reviewed my portfolio suggested that I think about getting an MFA.  Well…until we win the lottery, that’s not likely to happen.  But I have been thinking about it a lot.  I have an MArch degree, and I cannot ramble on enough about how much I learned in those three years of grad. school.  Understandably, I had a ridiculous amount to learn once I graduated as well…but the program itself taught me a tremendous amount.  So…an MFA…I have no doubt that it would be an amazing experience.  I wonder, however, what people who DO have an MFA feel was some of the most beneficial things that they learned by obtaining that degree.  So, I’m asking those of you who have an MFA:

What was the most significant thing that you learned at school for your MFA?

Was it the technical training?  Was it finding your “perfect” or preferred medium?  Was it learning how to translate an idea into physical form?  What was it?

For me, in the MArch program, I learned how rich design can be.  So many apparent and invisible intentions shape a building.  I was taught to consider everything…from the most basic geometry of the site, to the subtle modus operandi of the “client”, to the intentional way that material, form and light interact.  I found it fascinating.

I understand that every student, teacher, and art program is different…but I’m still interested to hear if anyone can give me their thoughts on this.

Yesterday, at my printmaking class, it was sort of funny that we were all feeling a bit apathetic.  I think that perhaps it was the crazy weather, and the recent tornado destruction nearby, that set everyone off a bit.  Luckily, our teacher rallied us to GET WORKING.  I don’t have any of those prints to show, as they’re still in process a bit…but I did do a couple of prints today.  Here is the first one:

I’m still pursuing drypoints, as this was recommended to me by one of my recent reviewers.   I’m happy with it.  I’m going to continue this series.

I also completed a woodcut print.  I have had little success with these types of prints, but I am happy with this one:

This is Petra, a city carved out of rock in Jordan.  Remember Raiders of the Lost Ark?  That was before CG was any good, so they filmed a real place.  I’ve never been, but we had an exchange student stay with us for a year when I was in high school.  She was from Jordan, so I learned about her country and culture a bit.  I think that it’s not likely that I’ll ever get to visit, but it looks so amazing.

Tomorrow…we’re taking my son to a local fair.  The last time that we went…he wanted to go on the roller coaster (a tiny one).  Naturally, as soon as we were all locked in, he said that he didn’t want to be on the roller coaster any more.  But it was too late to get off…I think he liked all of it, except when we would both slide over to one side of the car while making a sharp turn.  I think that startled him.  Maybe this year, he won’t mind!

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