As a Skidmore Student, there are a number of requirements that you need to fulfill to graduate. These range from the qualitative reasoning requirement, to the lab science requirement. One of the more notorious requirements, at least amongst athletes, is the art requirement. This is probably because most of us don’t have a shred of art talent, like myself. Or at least that’s what I thought. I kept putting my art requirement off until the next semester, and then, next semester was my last semester of college. So, I am currently enrolled in Visual Concepts, one of the intro level art classes. I couldn’t take Dance, which is the go to for most athletes, because it wasn’t enough credits, so I took an art class instead.
To be completely honest, I had very low expectations of myself. I had never even been in the art building. Like never. Not once. In four years. I didn’t even make it to the Tang until the middle of my junior year. So that should tell you where my mind was regarding art. I thought for sure I was going to be the worst artist in the class.
But, I guess these things have a way of surprising you, because, I’m not half bad. In fact, I am right on par with every other student in the class. And, on top of that, I’m actually enjoying myself. Who would have thought that art is a ton of fun? I have a blast going to the art studio. Just turn on some Stevie Ray Vaughan, get to work, and time flies. I’m definitely glad I signed up for it.
I guess what I take from this experience is that art classes shouldn’t be so intimidating because they aren’t. If you’re a prospective athlete, take an art class. Its more credits than Dance, and you don’t have to wear the tights. Plus, the ratio of girls to guys in the art department is through the roof.
“After ten years in the minors, I don’t try out anymore”