My Beef with Classical Art Schools

My beef with classical art schools started many, many moons ago. Having been primarily self-taught and with a natural inclination to drawing, I entered art school with a fair amount of confidence. I knew I didn’t know everything, and I was far from perfect. But what I was able to do, I was pretty proud of and I was also eager for what they could teach me. What I wasn’t prepared for was the attitude of classicism.

It didn’t take long for instructor after instructor to tell me that #1, what I was doing wasn’t creating art. They said I was just a good copy artist. #2, they…