Jackie, I started out to be an Interior Design major, too! A friend
taught me to draft in an afternoon and I was hooked...hello fourth time
to change majors, haha. Everyone in my family/friends thought I had
gone around the large curve, so to speak. "You wanna be a WHAT
major???" See, up til the age or 27 I had been totally REPRESSED
artistically. So at 27, I flipped everyone out who knew me (except my
writer husband who thought it was great) and changed to art major.
We're together for a reason. Big time. Anyway, the reason I didn't
stay with Interior design is that I would feel nauseous after three
straight hours of drafting. I only found out this year why that
happened. I loved drafting and would get so involved with it that I
wouldn't look up for three hours. The issue that made me sick was fixed
focal point. No eye breaks. Had I looked up occasionally, taken a
break, etc. I might not even be here in this group talking to y'all...I
might be on Designer's Challenge, or working in some high faluting
Design Firm. I'm so glad I got sick while drawing, because I can't
imagine loving any other art career as much as teaching. I love doing
my own art on the side, but to have to depend on my art to make $$??
Not me. It takes all the fun out of it to make it such a high
pressured, cut throat thing. I made big bucks selling clay one year.
About 10 grand. I thought, "Maybe I should stop teaching and just do
this!!!" Right after that it stopped being as much fun, I felt like my
designs were for a different reason, and I changed my mind and decided
to stay with art ed. I love my summers when I DO take time to do my own
art all summer long. Well, I do digress. I'm turning off this
talk-a-thon this morning, though I have enjoyed hearing from everyone
about their memories, I have mountains of laundry, taxes, and comments
from school staring at me....I'd rather stay here!!!
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.