Monday, November 24, 2008

Future Plans for Pratt Institute

I recently spoke with one of my former art professors Jos Smith.
He had informed me that the President of Pratt Institute Dr. Tom Schutte,had pulled him aside and spoke of some of Pratt's future plans. Dr. Schutte, spoke about Pratt working in conjunction with Ringling Brother's and Barnum Baily Circus.
This would allow all the different majors to work and collaborate with the Circus.
For example the students can draw the animals and clowns as a part of their life drawing classes, the fashion design students can design costumes for the performers and the media arts students can learn about stage lighting and production work. My first idea was how funny would that be, but you know the more I think about it the more infinite I see the possibilities.
This kind of idea could really give Pratt's students, faculty, staff and it's alumni at a serious advantage. First of all we would be ahead of the game and each major would be even higher on the school ranking charts as far as reestablishing our global reputation as an Art and Design School.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Artists as Creators part 1

Artists are Creators and they usually create from their own experiences. The kind of Artists I am wanting to focus on are Visual. This is the realm of experience I speak from, this is not to exclude any of the other Arts. Because I think all the Arts essentially come from a common place of origin, that origin being what it means to be human.
Visual Artists are more often than not visual thinkers, that is they literally think visually and must utilize their eyes to see how something works in order to make sense of the world around them. Artists are image makers, and they utilize tools in conventional and unconventional ways. I believe Artists are not the only ones who are Creators, I think we all are whether we are conscious of it or not. Artists are just the ones who get most of the credit because of their compulsive need to fill the missing voids in their lives.