My materials for the first year of my degree in Fine Art arrived this week. Talk about exciting... I couldn't believe it, after all these years of would I or wouldn't I, I had finally taken the plunge. I have photos of the box of materials on my blog
. Now I have to set about getting stuck into the course. There will be elements of it I won't enjoy, all the notetaking and the constantly having to evidence stuff, but I will work through it. Plus I am starting out with drawing, I figure thats the basic building block, it will make a good foundation. I can draw, but I have never been formally taught. I did actually take the exam in art at school, way back, but I took it without having had any lessons!! It was in the days when it all focussed on your final exam, and ours was we had to have a display of our work, an external assessor would come in and decide if you passed or failed. I passed, without having attended any lessons! Obviously my art is quite basic, and I now want to hone my skills and start over, right at the beginning. So some of it will be hard some of it easy, so wish me luck. Staying power is going to be my problem, I am a Pisces, I lack focus and get bored easily, I am all over the place, a bit like this blog post!!!
A good link I found, the Open University in the UK does podcasts about art history, Art and its Histories
, hopefully they won't be too dry. I think you can subscribe through Itunes!
(EDIT: These must be the shortest podcasts known to man, hardly worth click on them as they are so brief, many shorter than one minute! I will leave the link in case anyone is interested.)
So now I have heaps of how to booklets to work my way through and then it is on to the first task - markmaking! I've done it before, lots of times with various courses over the years, but I have to remind myself, this is formal stuff now, no messing around!
Next Sunday 25th October, I travel to Paris for a week, so lots of gallery activity. I might even see if I can find the burial site of Vincent Van Gogh and pay him a visit!