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Lesson Plans

ID: UA - lack of formal training

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Mon, 26 Oct 1998 15:04:58 EST

Curtis, I've been reading over your interview with your artist and have a few
thoughts. Many folks are afraid of formal training, thinking it will somehow
detract from their "style" or interfere with their developing their own
voice. Some people just do not have time to tackle private lessons or
university programs. Part of this could be considered a lack of commitment.
I think everything you learn adds to your work. Your artist is self-taught,
and this is the slow way of going about things, but it's his way. Perhaps the
lessons are better learned if one is self-taught, because they take such a
long time. I didn't think I was smart enough to teach myself all I wanted to
know. On the other hand, university art training can paralyze you because you
are so knowledgeable about famous artists and art history that you fear your
own work will be judged inadequate. We have such a lofty tradition to uphold.

A few thoughts with probably more to come . . . . Genie Holt