Sunday, 28 April 2013

So long VCA!

These past 2 weeks have been the most fun I've had in a long time. The last week of school was so relieving and finally being able to hang out with my classmates was a blast. If only we were able to do that often throughout this year but alas, we were always busy with work.

Setting up the art show was a wild ride as well. From the start of the year, to actually setting up and seeing the show finally happen was such an enjoyable and memorable experience. I also learned a lot about installing artwork, that itself required knowledge on visual design. Just finding out which pieces work together, how to balance an area with certain colours and sizes of pieces and how to guide attendees towards other areas of the show floor. There was so much more to it than I initially thought.

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Video created by Megan M.

The night of the show was so much fun! So many people showed up it was amazing! Friends and family came and it was great seeing people coming out just for the show. The free wine and cheese was also a sweet bonus. Seeing all the different kinds of artwork was so inspiring, I was itching to go home and create. Talking and hanging out with the teachers there was also an incredible experience and their support and advice they gave will be something I will take to heart. Not to mention just talking to them about something other than schoolwork and about anything else made me wish some of them connected with us on that same level throughout the year.

Here are the pieces that I got into the show! I also put a QR code that links to this blog next to my labels. Judging from the amount of hits on my blog that night, I'm pretty sure people checked it out.

I also got nominated for 3 awards!

And I won the VCA Book Award along with fellow classmates!

Each person that won the book award got a present that was unique to themselves. I received my drawing teacher's favourite book: Complete Guide to Life Drawing by Gottfried Bammes. Here I am along with my western landscape painting I did. Thanks Rebecca R. for the photo!

Just being classy, as usual.

A lot of people tend to think VCA is a waste of time but for myself it was more than just a fallback when I got rejected from animation previously. I was hesitant to take second year after Art Fundamentals but a friend convinced me on the last day to accept offers to join it, I don't regret it one bit. I genuinely enjoyed the program, which is why I stayed for the third year, and I learned so much and met so many great people. 

The program is not everyone's cup of tea but I figured that whatever I learn will have an impact on my art skills. It wasn't until this year when my drawing teacher summed up my belief perfectly with just a few words of her own mantra, "Nothing is wasted." From learning about new materials and mediums I've never heard of to figuring out the business side of art, I learned a lot and have already applied this knowledge in different manners. 

VCA was a fun ride and I'm actually kind of sad now that it's over. I wasn't sad during the last day of school but when I was picking up my work today from the show, it finally hit me that I wouldn't be seeing some of these wonderful people again or for a while.

To everyone that I met and won't be returning to Sheridan, it was wonderful getting to know you all. You've all been such great and inspiring people and I wish you luck on your future endeavours. Continue your amazing artwork, as I wish to continue seeing them, and I hope you find success in it.

So long and thanks for all the kitsch.

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