When I have a strong gut feeling I turn to my objective side and gather evidence to back up my intuition . . . or prove it wrong. Last week I attended a block week course for 4 days, checked out some of the facilities and met with my mentor whom I am sure I would have enjoyed working with for the year. I’ve weighed everything up and today withdrew from the Diploma in Art and Creativity and made other plans for my creative development.
I think the institution, or at least the diploma programme provided, would probably best meet the needs of people with a creative bent but little experience, people for whom painting and drawing are a focus but who would perhaps like to investigate printing techniques, ceramics and sculpture, casting . . . there are opportunities to try everything, everything except the fibre arts. Such a shame but perhaps if there are enough inquiries that might change.
And now? Now I will work with supportive like-minded friends who will listen to my goals and encourage me to work toward them. I’ll work my way through a couple of books to build my technical skills and sharpen eye for design and take a couple of classes on-line. I’ll divide my time between play (experimenting) and work (developing and idea) and have a lot of fun as I do it.
Thank you to all of you who made such thoughtful comments and have waited so patiently while I worked my way through the problem.