I'm reasonably new to these forums but I've lurked around several threads from time to time.
I wanted to ask you guys your opinion or advice on what I am currently experiencing. I'm taking art class in my senior year of high school and I'm not really enjoying it.
I've always loved drawing fantasy and sci-fi art in my own time but I'm really struggling to find high school art fun and enjoyable. We are always experimenting with a different medium every lesson and given a homework project to complete, often vague in description and as a 70 minute lesson doesn't go indepth in to a medium enough, I find I am constantly looking at 'homework projects' with a what the hell am I supposed to do mentality?
In class our teacher tells us to find a way to interpret the work and personalize it so that it is a reflection of our perception and how we see the piece. I try adding a sci-fi or fantasy drawing element to a project and got told off for mixing mediums and for my personal involvement in it not seeming relevant...
I love art and I'm obsessed with drawing anything and everything I can get my hands on outside of school, I'm steadily filling up a sketchbook full of pictures and have developed a small group of people on facebook and at school who I constantly show ideas and pieces to, they are all impressed and keep me motivated to continue working in my own time.
I'm finding high school art boring, uninspiring and in some ways childish. I don't mean in anyway to say that I'm better then what the curriculum teaches or that I'm lazy but I just feel as though the projects we are required to do lock us into a specific medium without any creative outlet for our personal expression.
A piece I just finished had to be an ink grid relating to urban environments. I'm currently working on a piece that is a representation of our journey home. I was unclear of what that meant, was it something deeper or just literally, what journey is it to get home from school? I asked the teacher and she held up an example of a girl from our class.
The example was a section of a roadmap (which we [have] to use in the piece) but she had cut a hole out and drawn in an eye. When I questioned the significance of the eye, the teacher asked me to ask the student who drew it. I didn't want to be rude so I waited until the end of class and asked her what the picture was about, she told me she drew the eye in because the roadmap journey is how she 'see's' the journey home, she seemed confused when she said this like she was making something up on the spot.
We also took some time to use bleach on various colored inks, all of which produced a really cool rust effect but so what? We had to draw an image out of the rust effect in a collage. The collage looked like something I had done in pre-school...
Talking with artists on deviantART who I aspire to be like one day, they told me to practice all in my own time and refine my own skills. I learned that if I could take a figure drawing class at school or in my own time, I would benefit greatly. I don't think my school would ever offer figure drawing, especially if it involved nude models.
I don't know if I just need to shut up and deal with it or if anyone can offer some advice or relate to what I'm currently thinking. I want to repeat I don't feel like I am better then any of the other students, nor do I think my teacher is bad but I often find myself questioning the reasoning for gluing squares to a page or bleching away inks when I'm so inspired and excited by the prospect of finishing a sci-fi or fantasy piece such as a knight or bionic commando.
ps. I wrote a better one that doesn't make me sound stuck up but I clicked submit and it crashed my browser :/ so i'm tired and kinda frustrated