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Q&A ~ Do you need to be a good drawer to go into printmaking?

I’m not a terrible drawer, I’m moderate but is that going to matter much if I take a printmaking course in college?

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  1. John Steins December 22, 2010

    Good question.

    Drawing skills are no longer required by today’s art students, so you’re safe.

    The post modern deconstructionist period that we are slowly retreating from, teaches young artists to put aside drawing skills in favour of using visual props and gimmicks to convey some philosophy or idea.

    Ugly is good, pretty is bad.

    Excellence in draughtsmanship on its own does not pass muster in the art world today.

    Hopefully, the navel gazing philosophers posing as artists will fade into the background and allow the re-establishment of fundamental drawing skills as a virtue rather than a quaint concept of the past.

  2. nancy June 22, 2014

    Mr. Steins, I LIKE YOU.

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