Monday, April 23, 2018

Thoughts on Drawing - Ashley Manigo

Like many of my classmates, I started drawing at a young age. As far back as I can remember I was always doodling, painting or making things with clay. This passion continued as I grew older; I went to a performing arts high school where I took studio art classes for 3 of my four years there. I remember different representatives from art institutions like Full Sail and SCAD coming to show us different degree programs and career options in the arts. Initially, I was blown away and loved the idea of being able to do something so enjoyable for a career. However, I was pushed away from my dreams by the opinions of others regarding the stability of an artistic career. While in high school I achieved well in my science and math classes and decided to pursue a STEM career, more specifically medicine.

Upon arriving at Duke, there seemed to be something missing in my college career. I just didn't feel fulfilled, until I took a course titled Visual Cultures of Medicine. It made me more aware of the intersections between art and science while reminding me of my passion. This motivated me to delve fully into the arts and is how I ended up taking this course.

This course has reminded me of the joy I get out of actually making art rather than simply studying it. This course is a wonderful introduction to the more advanced classes, such as intermediate drawing and painting. The environment and method of instruction is quite constructive. Having Maira Kalman visit our class was also an amazing experience. It's comforting to see other artists showcase their work and to see their success. Overall I had a wonderful time in this class and would recommend it to anyone interested in exercising their creativity 

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