I have not gone to an art school. My personal philosophy is not to study other artists' work. What would be the point if we all painted like Da Vinci, or "mastered" the Master's. There are some deficits in my work that could and would obviously benefit from formal training but an art school would not focus on my personal deficits and my or may not see what I believe are deficits. With the unlimited resources available on the Internet, like Utube and other learning sites, it is not only easier, but more comfortable to study specific components needed to cure the artists' ailments, not to mentioned much cheaper financially. How many artist's who attended art school remain "starving" just as those who have not? Attraction toward what is created is truly within the eye of the beholder, formal training or not. Personally, I have seen exquisite talent here on CreateCulture and am drawn to the beauty of it, not the background of the artist who created it. "Art school" is a matter of prestige and social fullfillment in my opinion.
In HS I did attend a six month workshop at Cooper Union. What made that experience a great one was not so much the workshop activities (life sketches, gallery field trips, craft projects), but meeting and developing acquaintanceships with other young artists from vastly different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
For me art school, or any school has been a two way street, I was fortunate to take apprentice opportunities when they were there and got to travel to many parts of the world to see contemporary artists who are now my mentors and so I now offer the same unwritten nurturing to inspire others when they stay. The school is as good as its people, changes every year and offers the biggest tool box I ever had, yet many of my favorite artists had not attended art school, but now teach at art school. The art schools I attended happened after visiting about 6 or 7 places to be inspired spending at least a day in each school to see if I'd fit in...I was an engineer beforehand!!
I learnt arts with my teacher, Ms Bhakti Ben and Kauli sir. In school, I gave the intermediate and elementary exam in Arts and passed. In college, I never went to Art school, but took some classes. I feel the JJ School of Art, very close to my house in Bombay, teaches art very well. But I feel the need to express myself and not immitate or copy anybody. I also dislike the constant criticism that art teachers belt out to their students, making it very difficult for students to proceed. It's like they crush your spirit, but you have to go on, nevertheless!
Art schools abroad would be a nice experience to undertake, but I'm not planning any such visit too soon.
Although I did not attend art school my work is popular and I sell a fair amount of paintings. I was selected as one of South Africa's 50 best by the Department of Tourism & Industry in 2009.
"Missing out" is something one has to define, I certainly have not missed out because I only had 2 art lessons. One could join an art group and/or research the internet and get literature from your library if you need advice or want to try new methods.
I attended New York's High School of Music and Art. It was well worth it. I learned about music, art, discipline, competition, and excellence. I also learned how to work hard and that I wasn't "the best"!
Yes, I studied percusion and music in Conservatorio Julian Aguirre, in Banfield, Buenos Aires, and still are studiying with independent teachers.
Allways there are tools to know to make deepest and more expressive our art.
I have asked myself this many times. No, I did not go to art school, but I did study music and I think the two artf orms compare well when it comes to "after study experience". After many many years of "formal" music practice, I think I am burnt out to such an extent that my creativity in music has left me. Personally I think I am at this stage much better at my hobby (art) than in musci. In my case, I am on the one hand glad that I did not study art, because I would not have had the personal freedom of "ignorance" - and therefore my own style - that I now have. On the other hand, I would certainly have improved and grown faster, had I actually gone to art school, because I would not have had to take evening classes or "learn by experience".
The fact that I had had various after hours classes from various people of course also had its' advantage, because now I have learnt different styles and techniques and incorporated it with my own. Fortunately I am not one of those people who would be completely influenced by someone else - for that I am much too single minded!
Yes, I did go to an Art school. I've done my MFA from Moscow State Academy of Fine Arts n.a V.I Surikov. It is a very prestigious school and their method of teaching is 'old school'. I think this has helped me a lot to learn the nuisances of technicalities in art. As said by one of our teachers on abstract art, " first learn how to build, then think of 'distorting'" . I also feel that one must be very sound in the foundations, only then can you create something new and unique keeping all technicalities and rules in mind. No doubt there are 'talented' lot who are capable of doing excellent art-work, but had they gone to school...what heights they may have achieved?
This is my take. My experience at school was very fruitful and I have learnt so much!