Art Boot Camp

by elizabeth | March 9th, 2011

My high school friend Colin Henson, who is now a web designer, has a great post on his blog about 9 lessons he learned during his freshman year at art school.
GIA 2010 - Hanging art in the gallery

As winter (maybe? finally?) turns to spring, we are gearing up for the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, a 2-week program for interested high school students. The lessons Colin points out are great for our students to hear…. and in fact are vital parts of the creative process. Here’s one I love:

It gets ugly before it gets pretty

Don’t panic. Your most creative work always goes through a period when it is just awful. This is normal. In fact if things are going very smoothly its time to worry. You may be missing something.

Applications for the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts are available now (the deadline to turn it in to most high schools is March 15). Check out our blog to learn more!

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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