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An IB art experience: An Opinionated topic.

 

     I'm currently in my senior year at high school, and I'm enrolled in the IB art program our school provides. I was persuaded by an art teacher at my school to take the course, telling me that it was like a studio art class, where I could draw whatever I wanted. This class however is probably the farthest thing from it. When I went to tell him that this isn't studio and he had lied, he told me it is studio. You can do whatever you want after you've finished all your projects and work. The only reason he wouldn't actually let me take the actual studio art class at the school was because the quota of students for IB art was so low that the class wouldn't happen, making the school look bad in some way. So far my experience with the course hasn't been so good. I mean, there are probably IB art courses out there that are fantastic at teaching their students. But with my course I haven't really learned anything, other than the fact that I can get free supplies from the cabinet. I've been drawing for five years, and everything I've learned was self taught. When I went into the course itself I'm expecting figure drawing, learning anatomy, critiquing others, and practicing with your preferred medium (mine being digital). 

    The first day I was told I needed my IWB (investigation work book) to have 36 pages by December. I also need 12-16 finished studio works. When I think of 'Studio work' I think of pieces that I worked on a bunch and choose the theme for that piece. Really they need to rename 'Studio work' to 'assigned project' for the course. I have no say in what I want to do. If the teacher hands us the assignment requirements, I better follow it to the tee. If I have to paint a Monochromatic game board, then I have to paint a monochromatic game board. I get scolded for asking if I can do something else that's monochromatic. All we are doing is copying other artists ideas or works. The final art show is supposed to represent me, but I feel like it's just showing projects I did, rather than projects I enjoyed. Another issue I have with the course is that we do no drawing practice in the class. We don't do warm ups, or figure drawings. Instead we are just shoved into a project. I understand that we do need to learn on our own, but sometimes we need instructions. However, the biggest issue I have with the class is that it's not really focused on improving your skill, It's more focused on questioning everything. God forbid that your IWB is filled with your work process, rather than having question marks everywhere and deep meanings. I've been scolded by my teacher multiple times for drawing anatomy references in my book or showing my work process, because I'm not writing in the book about how it makes me feel or writing about other artists. I know that any artist probably researches other artists, but I feel like the course is pressuring me into only writing about other artists, and then copying what they do. The IWB definition I've been given from this course is that I have to make a sketch book into a journal. I have to pour my heart out onto the page about how the government is oppressing me because I'm a women.

 

 

 

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For your viewing pleasure.

 

     Currently, I have 111 pages In my IWB, and if you read I need 36 pages by December 2014. The majority of these pages do not count, because I have my own drawings on them. I've been told multiple times by my teacher that I have to write more about other people and my drawings. The thing is I'm not good at explaining my own art. I draw for pleasure, because it makes me happy, but I cannot write down that I drew a dog because it gave me pleasure. Everything you draw needs a theme and a explanation with a filibuster of symbolism in the picture. An example is when I drew a whole page with different canines like wolfs and foxes in a stylized form, showing what to exaggerate, and on the page was a puppy colored blue, partially because the only colored pencil I had was blue. My teacher said that it was not a good page, due to it's minimal writing, but asked why the dog was blue. I told him the truth, but he asked again:

 

"Yes, But why is it blue?"

 

 

The class itself makes me feel that I cannot draw for fun. I need to be super deep and meaningful, with tons of symbolism. Nothing can be for pleasure.I just feel like the whole course in general is a philosophy class. Rather than practicing and expanding your skills, you just ask questions. I'm not saying that the IB art program is terrible, because there are probably IB art classes out there that are fantastic at teaching the students the skills they need. I mean, this is just my experience with the class, and everyone's experience is different. But what I would recommend is to not be like me and just assume the teacher is telling you everything. Make sure to research the class you are going into, and see if it's right for you.

 

 

 

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my sister was in art class. It wasn't her bestest of experiences either.

We're not living in america, so I guess the feeling may not be mutual, culturally...

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Guess who's going to get yelled at for putting my artwork in my book rather than writing about other people and being super deep.

 

IT'S ME.

 

I don't do real art since I draw cartoons sometimes. I'm not an artist, I'm an illustrator, which for some reason is lower than an artist.

Thanks teacher for opening my eyes and seeing that I'm a lesser being for drawing something different.

 

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Illustrators go on to make more money than artists, FYI.

 

nooo it doesn't count they don't make actual art.

Needs to be money pasted on a canvas.

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correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't illustrators the ones that end up working for gaming companies? Those are the ones that make the big bucks, right?

 

nooo it doesn't count they don't make actual art.

Needs to be money pasted on a canvas.

There's an idea: paint a canvas with dollar bills on paper, then claim some artsy fartsy dude has done it before and it made you feel anguished that artists never get appreciated until their dead.

make a dying blue dead dog next to it that symbolizes free will, or the illusion of it.

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correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't illustrators the ones that end up working for gaming companies? Those are the ones that make the big bucks, right?

 

There's an idea: paint a canvas with dollar bills on paper, then claim some artsy fartsy dude has done it before and it made you feel anguished that artists never get appreciated until their dead.

make a dying blue dead dog next to it that symbolizes free will, or the illusion of it.

 

I feel like If I actually did that, it would come out as something really sarcastic, like I did it in MS paint.

 

My 'ART':

 

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Sure as hell made me hungry...

 

Have you made me any lolis yet Soupie?  :evil:

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Looks like my worgen character after a bath.

Edited by Lethosos

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