Monday, September 6, 2010

Goin' back to school?

Each month, members of the Etsymetal are asked a question, and then they are requested to blog about it simultaneously. This month's question is: Back To School

Where did you go to school? Are you still a student? What kind of student were/are you? If you had the opportunity to go back to school, would you? Where and what would you study?

I wonder, does this question refer to my formative years, or later? I guess I'll stick with the more recent (well ~20 years ago). The above chairs are from my Alma Mater, Georgia State Universty. It was an odd kind of college experience. After being adrift, in what I like to call my lost years, at a crappy north Atlanta high school, I found myself among like-minded individuals, on what locals call the "Concrete Campus".

Doing what freedom-loving folks tend to do, we skipped class, hung out in Little Five Points, went to clubs, and got little-to-no studying done. Age, maturity, or just a general lack of funds soon brought me back down to earth, and I finally hit the books. After wasting a year, then taking another off to travel to England, I finally finished my studies, and graduated with a B.S. in psychology.

But, WAIT, what was that...? Richard Mafong was at GSU, while I was wasting my time studying the brain! I could have been awash in ecstasy, as a student in the metalsmithing program... Talk about missing the train/boat/plain/etc.

So, now 20 years later, I find myself a student again. Though not enrolled at a university, I study along with my kids, as they learn all I've forgotten, and I spend as much time as I can as a student and assistant in the metals program, at the Spruill Center for the Arts.

I'd love the opportunity to go back and get a BA in Metals. I dream of attending UW's School of Art in Seattle, or even just to have more time and money to travel to the local area folk schools for classes, as well as take more at Spruill.

Hopefully, with time and patience I will be able to continue this life long journey, one filled with learning, always learning.

Please read the replies of other Etsymetal members. Follow the links to their blogs:

Victoria Takahashi

Caitlyn Davey

Thomasin Durgin

Danielle Miller

Stacey - Wildflower Designs

Ann Hartley


Beth Cyr

Kathryn Cole 


Thomasin Durgin said...

great post! I think most artists are always eager to learn new things - thank goodness for workshops and schools such as Spruill.

Victoria Takahashi said...

nice post!
we all are students of life I feel and if you want to take extra classes and such it will magically happen! You didnt miss the train, because you have a plane! tee hee....

Jenn, not Jenny said...

Wow, I'm such a mutt- I want to learn how to do EVERYthing, and do it well. LOL, I wish I could just pick one thing to focus on- maybe it's ADHD or something because I always get distracted by the next similar thing to whatever I'm working on at the time. When I wanted to learn to knit better, I went to a knitting group meeting and ended up spinning wool with a drop spindle- which caused me to want to learn to card, dye, and everything else (but I didn't, lack of funds prevents me from doing SO many things).
I'm glad you are doing something you love- may everyone find an occupation that is fulfilling and brings them prosperity.