A is for art school

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Art Classes, school visits, travels | 1 comment

Is it wise to pick a college during Senior Slump? We shall see.

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Going to Accepted Student Day events is both entertaining and loaded with portent. As a RISD alum, it was pure nostalgia for me.

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And there were daffodils!

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Mosaics are all over the freshman dorm complex.

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The Met dining hall is more chic than it was in the 70’s.

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Before the official presentation, we stopped at the Nature Lab, scene of many hours of my studies.

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I couldn’t resist sitting down to sketch this specimen, the tragulus javanicus.

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Here Marty takes in the creaky ambiance.

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The Waterman Building is home to Foundation Studies, and freshmen work is always on display.

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Bold charcoal in one room, whimsical 3D works in another.

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More smiles and tiles along the river.

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RISD’s presentation involved Deans of Foundation, Liberal Arts, and Student Life, as well as Career Services and a panel of students answering questions. Students in the Bollywood Dance Club gave a rousing finale.

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Just outside before department tours began, other students in a Taiko drumming group performed. Bam!

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We toured the FAV department, where there are rooms of shiny computers as well as vintage equipment still in use.

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We passed through classes in sound, lighting, and magical realism.

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RISD has a new library in a former bank building across the river.

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It feels like a train station with shelves. Any destination is possible.

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As we climbed back up College Hill, I pointed out this house, where H.P. Lovecraft lived long ago. Our tour guide, Ali, lives here now with other RISD students. He says it is haunted.

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This is one part of RISD that hasn’t changed: the beach.

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After dinner at the Met, we left RISD as the sun came out.

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We met up with Annie Gusman, fellow RISD alum, and Dave Joly.

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Thanks for the sweet evening of catching up! We left pronto the next morning to visit MassArt on the way back to Maine. Ah, spring in Boston!

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The school is stacked yet expansive, with incredible views from every angle.

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The Treehouse residences are shiny new.

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Students can take classes at a ton of surrounding schools.

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We met a friendly student in the Animation Department’s blue room.

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What’s not to love about art schools? The possibilities are infinite. Tomorrow my own class of MECA illustration seniors will trek to Peaks Island for a final outing, and then we’re off to Brooklyn for another tour. This college decision doesn’t come easy.

One Comment

  1. G is for GEE, Jamie !! What a terrific and fun report. Daisy is a lucky one. Can’t wait to see what’s to come. Very exciting.
    So when do you get some rest or even a day off??

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