My Art Education, continued

Though the Art Department was a departure from the norm, looking back, I realize that not every experience supported may creative growth. In my first year I was taking a printmaking class and we were asked to plan a sketch for our first woodcut. I chose to draw a working woman at a bus stop loaded down with packages waiting for the bus, an image I was very familiar to me in my depressed, segregated community. Anxious to get started with my idea, I showed the instructor my sketch. His response – “Don’t use that”. I didn’t have to ask why. Somehow, I instinctively knew that speaking about struggle was not acceptable in this integrated setting. It was a time when my personal experience could to

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