Updated: Jan 24, 2019
For as long as I can remember art has been a very large part of my life, especially in school. It was always quite fun to think of a kooky idea and then suddenly have it on a piece of paper in front of me, even if it didn't end up how I intended.
Throughout high school my appreciation for art and the process behind how art is made grew exponentially. Art became less of a hobby, or a graded work for a class, and more of a creative outlet that I think art is meant to be. My classes became more focused on learning the history of art as well as artistic techniques and that sparked my inspiration to go out and do research on my own.
All throughout history, art has meant many things, and I find it fascinating when I look at a piece of work or a movement that I think I know about, and see how it meant something completely different during the time that it was made.
People tend to think that going to college means going back to the time where art is just a hobby again, or that you have to compromise what art is to you to fit into a career that is better suited to the "real world." College is already a time where everything is new and different and students have to figure out how to fit all of these new aspects into their lives. A lot of the time they have to do so by compromising. This is why if you are a person who loves art and wants it to be a part of their life, then you need to find out how to fit it into your life in college.
There will be times where it will be difficult and you may want to give up, but it is important to keep going anyway and hopefully along the way find out what art means to you personally.
I know I personally I have been spending too much time trying not to get whatever college sickness of the week is going around and trying to adjust to new life and classes that I haven't been able to fit in as much time for art as I'd like. However, as time has been going by I have been trying to connect with clubs related to my passions, meeting people who feel the same way I do, and researching possible majors and realizing possible futures that I didn’t know were options before.
The pursuit of art after high school and how I want to do it will certainly be a long journey, but I am very excited to figure out where to go next.
Who is Anna Sfakyianudis?
Anna was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and is currently a freshman at the University of Maryland. As someone who is new to the art world, she is still trying to figure out her style and is excited to learn new techniques and absorb everything she can about the wonderful world of art.
Thank you so much Anna for sharing your thoughts with us!