“Is being an art student really that hard?”

Damn straight it’s hard. You have no idea how many people have asked me that question since I started college.  If it’s not that question specifically,than its one of the many other ones, such as:

“So you don’t want a really job when you graduate, right?”

“You know, I bet I could make that and sell it.”

“That looks like something my toddler made.”

Or my personal favorite, “Art isn’t a real major.”

First off, my major is Art Education which means my degree will be in Studio Art and Education. Not only am I working in the art field, but I am also trying to get my teaching degree and be certified to teach by the time I graduate. Secondly, art is not as easy as people may think. Even abstract art is difficult to make! As an artist, I have to put my own time, energy, and money into each one of my pieces. I make art not only for myself, but also in the hopes that maybe others will like them too. Lastly, do you know how much patience is required to complete a piece? Imagine staring at the same picture, one that you probably chose or created, for days to weeks on end trying to recreate the image in your head in the real world. Believe me there have been point where I wanted to stop, throw my art out a window and continue on my way.

When it all comes down to it, you can still think that my major isn’t hard, but I’m doing something that I love. I’m giving everything I can to get better with each new art class I take. Plus, if you don’t think making art is so hard, why don’t you join my painting class and see what it’s like to make art?

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