Posted on October 9, 2017October 9, 2017 (New tag Reading WordPress) While scanning WordPress, I read a post called “4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Attend Art School”,* which was a followup to some reasons why art school should be attended (one of the reasons was access to Adobe progs on the cheap??? What???**). Here are 4 reasons why you should attend and pay for art school: 1) You don’t know how to draw (/you are not a graphic designer just because you know how to push shit around in whatever Adobe prog u think graphic designers use)–just because it looks like the thing in front of you doesn’t mean it means like the thing in front of you or mean in the way you intended (/just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it is well-designed). At (the right) art school, you learn how things mean and how meaning is conceptually conveyed. You also learn that there is a difference between Art and Design. 2) Art practice is a discipline and, more importantly, art has a context. Dicking around on yr own doesn’t mean yr making art. Making art in the vacuum of your spare room and occasionally showing your work at a craft fair IS NOT art. You’ll be around people who are vastly more talented than you and you’ll compete (with yourself before them) to become a better producer. Competition, and what can be learned from it / participating in it, always gets such a bad rap. 3) If you go to the right art school, you figure out how to make a LIVING from the shit you create. Or you’re next to a neighboring school where you can learn these things and your time at that school counts as credit. Or you can cross-register and enroll at that other school and walk away from art school as more than an artist and walk away with another skillset that can be used for find a job in Reality that supports your artistic practice. 4) Criticism. At the right art school, you’ll be around educators and other artists who will tell you your work SUCKS and you’ll obsess about why your work SUCKS and you’ll make better work and focus on what you mean, why you mean. You get the opportunity to figure out who you’re meaning for. You learn that you’re not ORIGINAL and that TALENT is a load of shit. And if you know the latter already, you learn how to be some humble asshole capable of asking questions about your work, like Does anyone need this shit? Is this changing the world? How does this change the world? How is this new? Does it even have to be new? | What a jumble!