I was about where you are at UM when I realized I should've stayed in LSA, where I started in theater, but changed my major to literature, history, or soc/anthro, anyhing to get a good foundation in what our species has thought and done throughout its existence to inform my art, and just did courses out of the art school as electives, as any UM student can, and without observing the sequence, because bad as the program is for representational interests, there are still some individual instructors who are both good teachers and sympathetic to the particular interests of any committed, hard-working student. Or anyway, there were when I was there through the 80's.
Consider taking some drawing and painting at WCC--Washtenaw Community College--for more of what you're looking for. It's a pity Jon Lockard recently retired from teaching there. You would've really enjoyed his portrait-figure painting class, I bet. But there are still a couple of other good teachers. I'll have to check and PM you, because there are a couple of other teachers out there--also UM art school alumnae--whom you aboslutely must avoid!
I understand also that Marinaro's wife teaches illustration and realist oil painting at EMU.
Incidentally, I prefer the terms "representational" and "non-representational", because, as one of my favorite UM instructors once pointed out to me "all art is 'abstract." It's important to realize that.
Got to Artrenewal.org and look up "living masters", also see scottburdick.com
Last edited by Cory Hinman; April 14th, 2011 at 07:59 AM.
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