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While common misconception depicts art majors as students who dont work hard with an easy cop-out major, reality strikes a different note.
Art is often stereotyped as being a joke major. There is an assumption art students dont study, but play, paint and party all the time instead.
As with any major, there are dedicated students and slackers, but DUs School of Art and Art History students are characterized as hardworking and passionate.
DU students work in a variety of media, like this mixed-media wire and glass sculpture.
Art isnt confined to drawing, painting and sculpture. These students explore art through videography and digital design.
Students often spend hours outside of class working on projects.When I walk by the studios in the evening and early morning and weekends I always see students in there working...I know students are there all weekend, said Jeanie Tischler, Budget and Operations Coordinator at DUs School of Art and Art History.
Ting Lin, a junior majoring in Studio Art, said she spends anywhere from 12 to 21 hours a week outside of class.
After projects are completed, students typically spend one or two class periods critiquing one anothers work. An integral aspect of class, critique allows students to learn from and challenge one another.
Art students at DU have formed a unique community,strengthened as they collaborate on projects and spend time together outside of the classroom as well.
This community is diverse because DU is a liberal arts institution, thus bringing students from many disciplines and backgrounds to the art school.
You cant spot an art student, said Jason Kellermeyer, Coordinator for the Academic Program at the School of Art and Art History.
Art students build community with the rest of the school with interactive pieces that spark curiosity and attract students, faculty and staff from other disciplines.
For most students, art is more than just a major.
Its a lifestyle, its who they are, its why they breathe.
I would love to spend my life making art, teaching art, using art, anything to do with it, said Andy Gatti, a junior majoring in Studio Art and Italian.
I want to lead a happy life and if the majority of my waking hours are spent at a job, I think I would like to enjoy it.
Art is as difficult a major as any other, full of hardworking students who are passionate about what they do and wish to dedicate their lives to doing it.