Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Education is for the Soul

Yesterday I started a post-baccalaureate program in Ceramics at the University of Florida. It's a one year/two semester program for students interested in developing technical skills, aesthetic sensibilities, and personal concepts.

My decision to go back to school was based on several factors.
  • Technique - My work has shifted from being predominantly glass to predominantly clay and I'd like to further develop my technical understanding of materials, process, and techniques.
  • Community - After working alone in the studio for the past couple years, I wanted to work among other artists sharing ideas and engaging in critiques.
  • Artistic Development - I felt like it was time to get out of my comfort zone and push myself. I want to be asked those "hard questions" about my work. Why do I make the work that I do?
  • Opportunity - juried shows, lectures, visiting artists, art openings, network with other artists and professionals, etc.
We had a great first class yesterday! Our instructor, Linda Arbuckle, is an amazing artist and is just full of information! I left class feeling energized and inspired. Our first project is due on Tuesday. We will each be giving a power-point presentation defining our concept of interest and showing sources/inspiration images that support that idea. Research! I love it! And have already checked out a rather large stack of library books.
Back to school also means a shift in my studio routine. While I will continue to blog, fill gallery orders, and complete commissioned work, I want to allow myself the time needed (and required) to get the most out of this program. This year is going to be more about process than product.

I'm looking forward to sharing this next chapter of learning, personal growth and artistic development with you.

"What sculpture is for a block of marble, education is to the soul" - Joseph Addison

Thanks for reading!
Meagan
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6 comments:

Judy Shreve said...

WOW - Meagan that's fabulous news. What a wonderful program. I've gotten to know a couple of graduates from there & their work is amazing.

It'll be fun to read about your school adventures!

Meagan Chaney said...

Thank you Judy! I am excited about taking my work to the next level.

LyNett said...

...fantastic...good decision...you are going to thoroughly enjoy this...does the mind, body and spirit a world of good...new faces, new concepts, new perspectives....keep us posted while on your new path...I'm so excited for you...

Joy Tanner said...

yay! meagan! I'm glad you had fun back at your first day of school! Now get out that labeling pen, I know you have organizing to do!

Can't wait to hear about it!

Patricia Griffin said...

Bravo for you! You'll grow in so many ways. Took a workshop from Linda Arbuckle and think a whole semester with her would be wonderful. Congrats on your new journey!

Meagan Chaney said...

LyNett, Joy and Patricia - Thank you so much for your support. It's going great so far! Our first project is due on Tuesday. And I hope to post inspiration images from my first presentation soon.