Great list Christopher. I’ve been thinking recently that concentrating on the kind of skills in your list is much more useful than teaching hands-on crafting skills at art school. It’s different for everybody of course, but I bet a sizeable proportion of graduates end up in work in which they don’t use the skills they learned at college. So why not have college be a place where students acquire a broad base of skills like those you list and a variety of others, leaving more of the hand-son skills to be learned on the job during the rest of their lives?
I’m not 100% convinced of this yet and, as I say, it’s certainly not right for everyone, but I think it changes slightly how we think of the purpose of art schools.
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