I find that this class has significantly helped me to feel more comfortable making art at Duke. I really enjoyed Drawing in high school. The people in the classes I took formed a very tight community and we really enjoyed making art together and watching each other grow as artists. Before I took this class, I did not think I would pursue art at Duke. When I was younger, I thought I would be an artist as an adult, but as I grew older my priorities changed. Now, making art, and especially drawing, is more of a form of relaxation.
I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and I've found that making art, and focusing on the minute details of a piece really helps me focus in other areas of my life. In my first semester at Duke, I did not draw as much. After taking this course and drawing more in general, I realized how much drawing still helps me focus and the impact it has on my life and ability to concentrate. Thus, while I may not pursue an art degree or career, it still is an important part of my Duke experience and my everyday life.
Sine I am an athlete, I have not yet found a community of artists that I truly bonded with. However, taking this course and after feeling inspired by my classmate's art, I hope that I will find and seek out a community of art enthusiasts in the future