Throughout the year I often get fantastic emails from PHS Alumni sharing their post high school experience. I am so impressed with so many of past students that I will ask them to share their experiences with my readers. Here is some insight from one such student and some of her recent artwork.....
"Hi, my name is Christa, class of 2013. I am currently a student at Kean University studying Illustration and Art History. One thing I enjoy most about college is that it is very open-ended which gives you a lot of room to spread out and explore your options. What I mean by that is when you enter college you're not restricted. You choose your courses and when they'll be, what you do with your free time and even when and where you'll eat lunch. It sounds simple but it's a great feeling.
Classes are sort of structured the same way, meaning you are the only one setting your limits. What I find that's helpful, is to enter a course with the goal of learning as much as you can. This works for others and not just those pursuing art. There's always going to be that class that you don't want to take but it's required you do, or a class you only take because it's easy. Don't limit yourself, learn all that you can so that by the end of the semester you can say that it was worth it. Who knows, you might find a new interest in a subject that you otherwise never cared for. For me it was art history, which I thought I would hate. So, be brave and try new things, don't be afraid to make mistakes because they help you grow. And ask your professors tons of questions, if you don't ask you'll never know."
"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School