Hi there. Hopefully this thread isn't going down too fast, since this is an issue that really bothered me the last weeks:
I just finished my A-levels, successfully, finally 13 years of school are over.....time to go to artschool......well kind of...
the last weeks I spend most of my free time in the internet, browsing through tons fo tons of websites of germanys art schools.
The procedure doing this was always the same:
1. Opening the website
2. searching for the work of the teachers.
So before I go on (such statements seem to have become really important these days ) : THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE OFFENSIVE AGAINST ANYONES ART!!!! The Problem i am going to describe concernes the things I am expecting from art school and does NOT rate pieces of art in any way DID EVERYONE OF YOU GET THAT?
So after finding the teachers galleries, this is what I found (just a few examples, but you kinda get the idea, behind it)
To get put it into words: most of the stuff I found was highly abstact, mostly to a degree where I have to say that only the artist himself seems to know what the purpose of this and that painting is meant to be.
But this is not the stuff I want to learn in art-school, although "life drawing" (only one example) is stated in the curriculum, I can see nothing of that "classical" stuff in the portfolios of the teachers, consequently I don't have any idea about how they handle these things, ebcause I have only the personal, abstract works of them on their websites.
I am missing paintings/drawings from life, figurative illustrations...well Artwork of the quality that can be found here on ca.org for example ( I do not mean conceptart for games, I am just after all the technical stuff).
I am missing the quality of work that can be found in the portfolio of teachers, teaching in the academy of arts university in san Francisco, watts atelier, ca.org's atelier for example.
So to get to my question, that's especially for all you experienced people out there:
is it even right to make my decision of wich artschool I want to attend dependent on the teachers portfolio? Or should I let art be art and just be happy that I can get acces to lifepainting sessions lead by artists who have years of experience, although their work does not fullfill my personal expectations?
I do not have the financial means to study in the USA, so it is really important for me to get some answers by people who actually are able to say something about that ( I know you are out there! ), because right now I am not even sure if it would make any sense to study art here in germany or if it is more sensible to just get to work on my own, and leave artschool behind me.
Thanks a load!
So lets see what this thread is going to become