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Friday, August 27, 2004

Back to School

I am back in school now at Arizona State University West campus full time. I also am working as a reading tutor at a local school.....plus doing an independent study in painting for a solo show this Fall.

Needless to say, I will only be blogging every once in awhile here. Not that too many people read this blog! But it is for me, I suppose.
I am taking a class called "Ethnic Women Writers" and as you can tell by the title, it is a feminist class.

My professor is feminist as well. Not so much the "man-hater" as I thought she would be, but she is feminist none-the-less.

We have to read several books written by women who have dealt with social issues like spousal abuse, slavery, homosexual discrimination, sexual molestation and abuse, etc. Sounds like fun reading, huh??

Well, so far, the books are proving to be interesting. I am not much of a fiction fan, so I am glad the we are reading autobiographies. It helps me to learn to write better when I read how others write about their lives and experiences. It should be a good class, if I can survive all the feminist jargon and babbling....sheesh. Women are great, but we are not that great! I love men and everything about them. I couldn't imagine a world without men. I understand that men are the dominant sex, but I think they have come a long way too...baby.

I also am taking many art classes as this is my final year as an art major. Those of you out there starting your college careers right out of high school, my advice to you is: STAY IN SCHOOL and GRADUATE in four years.

It is SOOOO hard to go back when you are in your thirties. I have been working on this degree for 19 years. No joke! It has been so hard, but worth it.

So stick with it no matter how hard it is. It does get better when you finally reach your senior year. It is all downhill from there, but not in enjoyment. It actually becomes more enjoyable. So hang in there through all those freshmen required clases.....

I have to make a video for one art class. It will be about ASU West and our campus activities. The final videos from our class will be broadcast as a commercial for the school on a local cable channel. That will be a challenge, but I have made a video last Fall and it all should come back to me.

The independent study will be about portraits. I am planning on painting many portraits done in different styles. Mostly abstract expressionism. Should be a fun challenge. To view my previous work, go to my web site: www.artbyruth.com


So, if I don't blog much, you will know why!




5 Comments:

Blogger tim mccolgan said...

I agree wholeheartedly on your message to the younger students..."Stay in school". At 43 i have wanted to go back to school for years. Left art school back in 1988 when my son was born. Just as the lessons were starting to really sink in. I had wanted to be an Illustrator. As you stated...it's hard to go back. I called earlier this year and apparently there was a fire 13 years ago that destroyed some records. Things like college transcripts....oh well. the people who could give me a definitive answer weren't in yet. Instead , I ended up making signs. The ironic thing now is that how entrenched the computer is in this industry. Originally, I got into this so i could "paint". Hand letter, Airbrush, and things similar. Use my art skills to a degree. These days, it's all about Photoshop, and digital printing. Well, I've rambled off long enough. Good luck to you.

Also, i don't know if it's disabled or not , but the links to your work (on your other web site) wouldn't come up. Also enjoy your writing. Bye.....Tim

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