I chose the Art Academy because I was looking for a traditional art school – somewhere which teaches all of the required skills and starts from the figurative with a view to developing artistic expression from this grounding.
It has been an amazing time, there’s a huge variety of incredibly talented and inspirational artists here and I find this environment brings out the best in you. It is I should say also great fun! My art has come on enormously and my sculptures are beginning to express what I am looking to say. I have had work accepted in numerous shows including ING Discerning Eye and the Cork Street Open.
When I graduate this summer I’ll leave the Academy well prepared for life in the ultra competitive art world. There is more to being a sustainable artist than being able to paint or make – you need to know how the market works and how to promote yourself within it. The Art Academy does not shy away from teaching students about the commercial realities so that they can hopefully go on to earn a living doing what they love.