To progress through my artistic journey, I have invested a lot of time to make sure my craftsmanship satisfies my own expectations. This was a huge commitment, because with my academic workload getting heavier and heavier each year, it became increasingly different to dedicate a block of time specifically to art. To complete the Drawings Inspired Drawings Project on time during the college application season, for example, I had to stay up two hours after midnight for a week to ensure each piece reflected my effort and creativity. The clay piece I made before midterms required even more hard work, because sculpting, baking, and painting clay requires significantly more time than making a traditional, 2D painting. On top of that, I had to manage my time very carefully among studying, schoolwork, and art. I remember working from 12 to 4 am one day because I realized that I would have no free time for a week until critique. Yet, despite all the frustration, stress, and many tiring nights, I managed. It was one of my proudest moments - when I stood in front the class with my clay painting during critique, knowing that my hard work and dedication were what drove me to create a work of art that went beyond my artistic realm, on time.
Although my time in DRHSArt is mostly filled with pleasant memories, looking back, there are times when I wish I have done things differently. For one, I remained relatively close to myself, often choosing not to socialize as much since I viewed it as a distraction. While my approach definitely helped me stay on task, I did not realize I was missing valuable opportunities to expand my horizons through experimentation and through others’ opinions. They were certainly insightful and influential when I discussed my designs with my closer, digital media art classmates. Therefore, if I could relive this past year, I would like to become more involved in the program, not only by just finishing my pieces and meeting expectations, but also offering my voice and ear to others. To the future students of DRHSArt, I hope you all can do the same thing. Art is the only class unbound by tests, homework, or any formal requirements of an academic class. So, why not have fun and work hard with your classmates, and let your creativity run free?