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Art Students Do Not “Color” All Day

Have you ever tried to convince your friends and acquaintances that being an art student is a lot more difficult than it looks? It’s almost like talking to a brick wall, because no matter what you say to prove your point, non-art students refuse to believe that we do anything other than paint rainbows and butterflies day after day and get praised for coloring in the lines. When I talk about being an art major, I am instantly treated like a five year old who can’t possibly comprehend any sort of intellectual conversation because I “color” all day.

I can honestly say that since I became a member of George Mason’s School of Art prograSubjective Artm, I have learned more about myself, different cultures, politics, history, the world, and design than I ever have in my entire 23 years of living. I find that I am able to hold conversations about these topics because of the different works I have studied as an art student. Not everyone needs to open a textbook to
learn, some people learns through representations of these topics and the process used to create them.

Art truly is subjective. Anyone can study for an exam and get a perfect score on it because if you memorize the facts, then you know you received a good grade on it. Art students don’t have that advantage, they can spend 50 hours creating and perfecting a piece, but the professor may not like it because everyone has their own taste for what works and what doesn’t. receiving grades and feedback on art work is a surprise to the artist every time because they have no idea what other people will think of it. I now consider myself lucky when I am able to take a class I can actually study for because I know if I do, I’ll pass with flying colors.