Dear Art Student, I Recognize You a Mile Away

This is a four part series of posts (this is the third). Check out the other posts here:


I love arts students. They are fun to be around and never fail to entertain you, that’s for sure.  Honestly, they are pretty easy to spot. These are generalizations and just for fun, to be honest. I asked for a little help from the people who know–teachers, artists, dancers, musicians and directors. This is a tongue-in cheek description of an art student. Let’s see if you agree with us.artist










Art students: (thanks to Karen Eckdall Damon art teacher)

  • clothes are covered in the medium of their choice
  • dress colorfully and usually less like everyone else
  • their hairstyles are unusual, sometimes making a statement
  • create little sculptures out of bits of paper, a rubber band or paper clips
  • have to be reminded not to draw on their test, but to answer the questions
  • very visual and inclined to notice what others are wearing and comment on it
  • the biggest day dreamers of the four (my opinion)
  • do you have some more to add?



These kids are very busy and like it that way.

What is most interesting about arts students is their popularity hierarchy within themselves.  If a guy is a tenor and he can sing as high as a female, that makes points for him.  The same goes for a girl who can climb a tall ladder and focus a light on a set.  If you are first chair violinist, you are popular, too or at the very least, respected. If a guy is a bass singer and he can dance, that’s another biggie.  If a girl can tap the heck out of a combination, you are considered “cool”.

However, if you are too serious about your art, the opposite is true.  Although revered, your friends may not even think to invite you to social events because they assume you are more interested in dancing or rehearsing than a pizza.

And anyone who is comical or can make everyone laugh automatically accrues popularity points no matter which art form they love.

Like most interests, there is a fine line to balance.  What is too much and what is not enough?

I appreciate this hierarchy somewhat, because it makes room for everyone in the arts. This popularity has nothing to do with beauty or brawn.  It’s all about talent and hard work. Everyone is an artist if they allow themselves to be.  Look for them. You’ll see.

Which art do you enjoy the most?  I’d love to hear from you.

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