in 11th grade art we had to make mythical creatures with clay but i didn’t want to do that so i made a log and added a lil worm friend on top of it but my teacher got mad and said i had to make it mythical so i added a horn to it and made it a uniworm
this is why art classes in schools suck. That is a bloody amazing log. look at the texture, the colour. The worm is incredible and the teacher is unhappy because it was supposed to be mythical? Who the fuck cares? will the teacher have their pay docked if a student makes a logworm instead of a basilisk???
This furthers the argument that school is about following instructions, not learning. That really is a great sculpture, by the way.
I’m not discrediting that this is not a lovely sculpture. It really is. And were you my student, I still would have given you a decent grade because of the execution of technique. However, I would have still docked you for not following instructions.
Because yes. You’re right. School is about following instructions, as well as learning. The two go hand in hand. (granted, the American education system is in dire need of reform, don’t get me started on that. But that’s beside the point.)
Following instructions is kind of necessary. Because guess what. You get into the real world, and any job you take is going to require you to follow instructions. Running a cash register, you need instructions to know how to do it. You become a graphic designer, and your client wants something done a certain way. Trying as it may be, you fucking do it or you don’t get paid. Your boss tells you to do something and how to do it. You don’t follow instructions, and do it wrong, you get fired.
Just follow instructions and stop whining about how “oh school is evil because heaven forbid I do something I’m told!” Because you’re not going to get very far in life otherwise.
Not only the above but doing what the art teacher tells you in this exercise is important.
Now stick with me here, I’m not shitting on anyone but giving some food for thought as someone that used to sit in a classroom with fellow classmates where we would grump about the same thing.
Your teacher is teaching you to branch out and try something potentially different from what you’re use to doing, exploring a realm of ideas and concepts, or even techniques you wouldn’t attempt otherwise if you stayed in your comfort zone. Even if you were to come out of it not enjoying the end result, the medium used, or even being one for the genre you still take something away from it nonetheless.
Art class isn’t about an easy credit, it isn’t about spending that time creating anything you want all the time, but about widening your horizons and opening up your mind to creative possibilities EVEN if they don’t pertain to the project at hand. It’s about learning new techniques, dealing with new mediums, and breaking out of penitentially bad art habits.
I’ve learned a lot from my own high school art teacher while doing shit I wasn’t big into, bellyaching over him making me go the mile, learning to push myself beyond what I was use to, or even experiment within the projects given out. Stagnation as an artist is death. So don’t shit on your teacher too much because you might be surprised what your mind might come up with when faced with something you don’t really like. You can be pleasantly surprised!