Learning to Read

Think back to when you were a little kid learning to read. The first thing that you needed to know was the alphabet, then the way each letter sounded, and then how you put those letters together to make words. Words become sentences, sentences become paragraphs, paragraphs become essays, essays become books and books become a library. If you only know how to read a book then books would be your only way of seeing the world. But what about paintings, or poetry, even architecture? How do you read those?

To read a painting, you should try to paint. You don’t start a painting by painting. No, you start a painting by drawing with the paint, mapping an image on to the canvas. The first 10 minutes of a painting are the most crucial, just as important as learning the alphabet. The more advanced you are as a painter the easier it is to read other paintings. Think about looking at the composition, the lighting, color, contrast, and texture. If you can understand all that then you can understand why an artist chose to paint like that. You can now see the world from a painters perspective.

To read a poem, write a poem. To read architecture than I highly suggest watching as many episodes as you can on HG TV or ask an architect.

One of my teachers in middle school said “When your a little kid you learn to read, but as you get older you read to learn.”

The Queen of Collages

Le Noble Savage – Ink & Collage – 7’6″ x 5’6″, Noble Salvage – A person who has not been corrupted by civilization.

To day I was talking about collages with my co-worker, Victoria. She said that she loved collages and how she loves making hem with her sister. I on the other hand don’t see how people can like collages. I have always saw collages as a 5 year old craft or just taking out colors from magazines and using then to fill in a picture not using the subject from the magazines at all. That in my opinion is known as a stereotypical collage.

I will bow down to the person who can create a collage that can set my mind in aww. And the person I bow down to is Wangechi Mutu. I  call her, Kara Walker: the collage version. The first Time I ever saw her work was it the fall of 2013 taking a tour at the Brooklyn museum ( I apologize for not writing about her sooner). The collages were huge, the one above is around 7.5 feet. First you notice the size, than the people, the fuzzy background, next the magazines, the thin paint lines and final the story.Just the size could scare anyone away. Wangechi Mutu has created giant monsters who’s beauty takes time and thought to see.

Sadly I can not just describe her work to do it justice with such a vague memorie. So if you want to learn more just click here.

 

 

My College Process

This year I just went through the college process. I have never felt so stressed, sad, or pressured in my life. Now the college process is different for everyone, but this is my story.

My mom and I always knew that since I was in fifth grade my career was going to be in art. This is why my very first college tour was my freshman year in High School at Ringling College of Art + Design in Florida. The college was amazing, the studios were beautiful, the rooms were very pretty, the cafeteria looked like it served good food and the school was just a few minutes away from the beach. The perfect college in my eyes back then to a  girl who just turned fifteen. But then I heard about the tuition and I was calculating in my head room, board, books, art supplies, transportation etc. It occurred to me that if I wanted to go to a college like Ringling then I would have to work extra hard in school.

Before senior year my mom and I continued to do college tours all over the country, planning very carefully what would be the cheapest and most convenient time of the year. In four years I was able to take tours at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, Alfred University, Savannah College of Art + Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, SUNY Purchase, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Massachusetts College of Art + Design, Hampshire College etc. Before College I was also able to do the Pre-College program at Academy Art University before Junior year and the Pre-College program at Rhode Island School of Design. These experiences really helped with my final decision.

During the college process I was getting help prom Options For College, a college counseling service that specializes in helping student get into and get the most out of college. I could not have gotten into 13 out of 13 colleges without their help, plus the scholarship money I received from many of my schools.

The toughest part of the college process for me was choosing which college I should go to, where would I be most successful? In the end I choose Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). I knew going into college that I wanted to be a painting major. I tried web design, graphic design, photography, printmaking, film, sound, set construction, fashion, illustration etc. But  I always came back to painting. PAFA was not big and fancy with their technology, but kept to their fine art roots. The school is very small and with the Undergrad and Graduate students combined there is only a student population of 300. Because of this I knew that the teachers would give me that one on one attention I crave. PAFA is also very close to my family, its in a city so I won’t get bored, there are other colleges in the neighborhood, food is amazing in Philly, everyone there is very nice, housing seems cool and very independent, I can take classes at University of Pennsylvania and I heard that PAFA really helps students with a plan to pay off their loans.

Quick Tips
– Start the college process EARLY even if you feel it might scare your kid, because it will give them a goal to focus on and start thinking about the future.
– Take your tours now, it will help you get the vibe of each campus. Plus the tour process should not be rushed, it would just put more pressure on your kid.
– Make sure your child doesn’t screw up freshman year high school because that can bring their average down by about 10 points.
– Do pre-college programs almost all colleges have them, you get to really know the school, know what college might feel like (independence), and its an amazing experience. (Many pre-college programs do offer scholarship and/or financial aid)
Options for College is an amazing service and their services are international. Plus they would be doing a talk at the Yale Club September 10th for FREE. (Just saying the food is amazing). For more
information click here

 

What is Your Life Purpose?

Who are you?
What do you do?
Who do you do it for?
What those people wanted or needed?
What they got out of it?

Who are you?
I am Emily Fujie Mair

What do you do?
I am an artist.

Who do you do it for?
I do it for anyone who is willing to learn more about what if really means to be an artist.

What those people wanted or needed?
I teach people to see differently, how to take a rock and make it a gem. To not just master something, but to learn it’s secrets.

What they got out of it?
To learn what makes me happy and apply it to themselves.