Art Courses: Survival Guide
23 January, 2019

Art Courses: Survival Guide

Art school may bring unbelievable experience to students. I was the same student long ago. And now, being an experienced professor, I have an idea about how to broaden your art course experience. Here are seven practical tips that work. These tips will help you to success in art courses. It is great to have an opportunity to learn with delight. 

  • Team with other students for doing homework. 

One of the pros of going to an art school is a chance to learn together with peers like you. One of the most common mistakes is working on the home assignments alone. Some students believe that in such a way, they will manage to learn faster. Nonetheless, it actually works another way. Teamwork helps to share ideas with other students and to learn from their mistakes. Therefore, it is recommended to schedule meetings with other students to do your home assignments. Some more experienced students can help others. This will help the whole team grow in their knowledge. Besides, it is much easier to get feedback, if any is needed.

  • Choose the professor and not the course.

There is one common mistake that most freshmen students in art courses make. They prefer to choose the course on the basis of the subject. They think that an interesting subject will let them enjoy it and feel comfortable in the class. They are still inexperienced and have no idea that a mediocre teacher may make even the most interesting course sound boring and tiresome. And vice versa, an outstanding teacher will make students be fascinated even with the most frustrating subject. As a student, I also had to take an extremely boring course. All seniors told it was a waste of time. But the new professor, who just took over the course, showed how alluring the subject may be. In the end, I even did a master’s paper on a subject related topic.

  • Build a relationship.

Studying is not about the facilities. It is about people who surround you. Find some time to have a cup of coffee with your former professor or an administrative assistant. Try to form a lasting relationship with all these people you meet during your art courses. These people may help you in the course of time, though some of them may become your mentors or even good friends of yours. I’m am still on good terms with a professor I met during my college years.

  • Look and learn.

When taking art courses, students are suggested to visit exhibitions. Being aware of student’s work will help you choose a major in the future. There have been cases when people liked students work from another department.

  • Follow your professor’s advice.

If you have any concerns regarding your art courses, you need to address your professor at once. Professors are always ready to help you. They will definitely appreciate such an initiative. Of course, if you want to go on with a teaching career, you may e-mail a professor and communicate a chance to become a teacher assistant.

As a professor of art courses, I always ask my students if they have any issues that may have an impact on their performance. Some may have a learning disability or a medical condition that makes their learning experience a real challenge. In such a way, I can help not to leg behind. It is never a problem to assist such students by giving them extra time during a test or giving them a better explanation of the topic. Do not hesitate to talk to your professor about it, as this conversation will be private and nobody else will know about it.

  • Plan your work beforehand. Do not postpone it. 

This is one of the most important tips for art school. Throughout my university years and even now, I hear students complaining about how little sleep they had. They spend sleepless nights and the fatigue from drawing for two or three days in a row irritates them. The worst thing a student can do is postpone everything till the last moment and try to cope with the task the last night before it is due. Therefore, judging from my experience, I make all my students make a plan for their work. Then they start as early as possible to have enough time for rest. It is always good to have time for rest, revision, and looking at the work with a fresh mind.

  • Do not be afraid to criticize and be criticized. 

Many students make a mistake by taking any criticism too personally. It is vital to understand that it has nothing to do with your person. People criticize your paper and the ideas highlighted in it, rather than your personality. When it is time to criticize someone’s work, try to present reasonable facts and ideas. Explain why you believe something to be poorly done or inefficiently explained. Do not forget to remain honest and constructive.

Hope these tips for art school will help you succeed.

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