I'll be honest, I often forget about this component of the website until it's almost too late (and once, it was too late, oops.) We usually go see an exhibition during class sometime, so if we don't do that, it's not hard for me to forget that I have to go out on my own.
I wanted to go either to the VMFA or the Visual Arts Center since both are near school, but I'm currently a bit tired of the VMFA so I went to the Visual Arts Center. Unfortunately the man at the entrance told me that they were currently in-between exhibitions, so there was no exhibition for me to see. However, he told me I was free to explore the center, which was mostly classrooms.
I found it a fun experience, honestly. It didn't feel like I should be allowed to wander into dark empty rooms and through empty upstairs hallways in this building, but I was. There were student works displayed throughout the center, and I took photos of the ones I liked. I kind of want to attend a class here someday, because it looks like it would be very beneficial - there were sheets of anatomy study outside the drawing room, hundreds of beads on the sill of the jewelry room, photos hung outside the dark room, tens of easels and paintbrushes in the cartoon and animation room, and I could go on. It looked like all the students were very productive, and they had rooms for things I was interested in, such as graphic design and digital art, cartoon and animation, painting and drawing, and jewelry making. I liked seeing what people had made in these courses.
I think if you read my captions on the pictures you'll get more of a sense of my impressions. Some of the doodles outside the drawing room reminded me of my doodles, and one (bottom left) reminded me of Jordan Keller's drawings. I really liked the prints, with bold colors and lines with intent. The sheep one is my favorite between the two, because of the colors. I quite like the incomplete circle of yellow (ochre?) behind the sheep. I don't think I would use such bold color in any of my work, but I definitely really appreciate its aesthetic. The lines of the glass flower work are really nice - I really like the bold outline with the softer shading inside. If I ever did a particularly intensive or big project, I would hope to try something like this.
So, not an experience I expected, but definitely one I enjoyed. It's cool to see the work of learning artists-in-the-making rather than only the more established artists who can have their own exhibition.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School