I have learned more in the past couple years through the Fine Arts Academy than anywhere else. It’s not just about artistic things either, I’ve learned about simple things, like working with others. Sure it’s easier to work alone, with no people to deal with, so I can just do my own thing, but everything I’ve made with others has turned out five times better and has been five times more exciting, memorable, and worth something than when I work alone. Not only that, but the Fine Arts Academy has helped me as an artist find my style, and find where I fit into the artistic community. Sure, it’s a little thing, but knowing my niche, or even just part of it, has done so much to contribute to my confidence and my ability to relax and be myself.
Quite often, my work is driven by something that’s happening around me. Whether it’s inspired by something wonderful, or awful that happened, or used as a way to get away from something. No matter how weird, or fantastical my work is, my best works always have some slice of reality to pull it all together. There’s this weird balance I always find between reality and fiction that gives my best works their spark - enough fiction to tear the reader away from reality, but with enough reality to make what I write sound real.
I am so excited about our capstone project, as not only will the result be amazing, but I just know it will teach me so many key life skills that I will need in my future. The main thing I’m working on right now is my ability to be outgoing and put myself out there. I have always found it hard to let myself go and just be, but this project and these people will and already have challenged me to not be afraid to share my art with the world. This project is the biggest one I have ever done. Everything else I’ve been able to share with my little community, but this is going to be out there forever to see and it’s going to take a lot from all of us. Although it’s a visual art piece Our Capstone project will take skills I rarely exercise, but that are so good for me. I won’t be able to skip out and show the bare minimum, this will take my all. I will also need a level of organization that only comes when I’m at my best, or that brings me to my best. Finally, there’s so much beyond just the visual aspect that’s harder to see, but takes up most of the work. This is always my favorite part of making something - leaving little treasures for those who are really looking. Most of the time things like this aren’t intentional, but in our capstone it will have to be intentional, just because of what we’ve chosen. Each individual square will mean something, as it will be one person and their art.