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A new type of art student is entering art school. They are digitally savvy and have been raised on pixels, LCD screens and instant information. They are e-literate,meaning that they would rather grab a MacBook than a sketchbook. These students will move between the slower material reality of studio arts and the warp speed of digital imaging. Their mindset, attitudes and unchallenged assumptions about art will undergo a rigorous transformation that will cause them to toss about in a sea of uncertainty, especially in their first few years of school. Art Student Field Guide offers strategies and insights--unorthodox as well as tried-and-true methods highlighting what is essential for students so they can discern what is true for them. Quick chapters include field guide style of information, inspirational artist story and art student manifesto with a comprehensive list of art schools and university art programs in the US and Canada, art career index and helpful worksheets.
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Pat Benincasa is known for her award-winning work with dimensional glass including Falling Water Skylight, a 7-ton suspended glass and steel waterfall, her GSA Commission, Moon Boat & Night Sky Glass for the Ward Parkway Federal Building in Kansas City, Missouri, and her window-sculpture, Redemption Window for the Hill-Murray Chapel in Maplewood, Minnesota. She is an instructor at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul and Artist in Residence at Hill-Murray School. She has designed high school art curriculum and was department chair. She worked with inner city students to build the Gathering Place, a nationally recognized model for service learning, education and public art projects. Ms. Benincasa is a spirited speaker and guest lectures at colleges and universities. She has lectured at Walker Art Center and spoke at the AIA Conference on the topic: Windows Like The Earth Were Once Thought To Be Flat. She is passionate about our need to equip art students with a strong foundation!Review:
Diane Carr, artist wrote: I wish that I had this book when I was a student. It would have guided me through some choppy times. I can relate to some of the stories! I also wish I had it when I taught college art. I would have made it available to all. Your clarity and enthusiasm can help students plant their art seeds. Now as a working artist I'm glad it's here. It's encouraging and inspirational for all. --artstudentfieldguide.blogspot.com
Nicole Stewart, high school chemistry teacher wrote: I thought the book was great! I loved that the lessons apply to everyone, not just art students. There is so much good advice about making choices that are for YOU, not for meeting the expectations of others. I would like to read more! I could say tons more, but don't want to be excessive. Let's just say, its a GREAT book; brief, but with incredible depth. --artstudentfieldguide.blogspot.com
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