Art: No longer a joke

“I’ve always liked art and being crafty and stuff,” Reed said. “My dad’s an architect and my granddad’s really good at art too, so I guess that’s where I get my artiness from.”

Madeleine McCarthy

“I’ve always liked art and being crafty and stuff,” Reed said. “My dad’s an architect and my granddad’s really good at art too, so I guess that’s where I get my artiness from.”

Most students have had that easy class that we never really had to work in. For many, that class was art, but art no longer has this reputation.

“It’s a pretty challenging class, and you have to take seriously. I learned that the hard way,” sophomore Rachel Reed said.

Like many others, Reed took art in elementary and grade school. Last year, art stopped being mandatory for her, but Reed decided she liked it enough to continue on. The high school art class is different from the ones most took in their younger years.

“I always took art in elementary school and middle school, and I liked it, but it was very project oriented,” junior art student Rachel Glasser said. “When I took art freshman year with Ms. Keith-Ott, art changed. It was more technique-oriented and we were graded more harshly – on the quality of our work.”

Students have begun to change their views on art.

“I realized that it is possible to learn how to do art and you don’t have to be born talented,” Glasser said.

This is a multi-directional shaded portrait.
This is a multi-directional shaded portrait.

Art can become an academic passion or focus. Art schools around the world become bigger each year.

“Also, I’ve learned that if you go to an art college or something, you won’t automatically become a struggling artist. There’s a lot more options than I had ever thought of,” Reed said.

For many like Reed, art is fun because the right people are in their classes. The class itself is more challenging and they’ve always been “decent at it,” but for some, there is a bigger reason.

“I like art because it’s all about creating something from nothing,” senior Manuel Burge said. “I like how with art you do not follow specific rules of steps. Any art piece can be good or bad depending on who you’re asking. For me, art brings calmness and provides a way to express creativity.”

“I’ve always liked art and being crafty and stuff,” Reed said. “My dad’s an architect and my granddad’s really good at art too, so I guess that’s where I get my artiness from.”
“I’ve always liked art and being crafty and stuff,” Reed said. “My dad’s an architect and my granddad’s really good at art too, so I guess that’s where I get my artiness from.”

See the art students’ Decatur library display here.