So I never imagined that 22 years after earning my bachelor’s degree in business administration that I would be attending school again. But here I am taking classes, prerequisites for a Masters in Art Therapy program that I will begin in 2014. After my first week of school, I can happily report that I really enjoy learning and look forward to the challenges and deadlines. I am actually excited about writing a paper in Lifespan Psychology and am ready to dig into research. I’m also jumping into my homework, reading ahead and planning my week realistically. I believe it is the only way that I will be able to balance running our own business, homeschooling our last student, and continuing along my own creative path.
While much of the artistic technique I have learned has either been by reading books, experimentation, or taking workshops, I am looking forward to the longer challenge of a semester class in both drawing and ceramics. While I have dabbled in drawing before, I have not maintained a good practice of drawing, so I’m hoping to see great improvement by May.
Here is my first self portrait in some years with just a pencil. My eyes and lips are too big and my nose is too small, but when I squint, I can tell it is me. I am happy that it is still better than my very first self portrait ever drawn in 2008, yet I am ready to better learn the little tricks to drawing life-like and proportionately accurate.
Something I’ve noticed that has me excited about school is my end goal. I know I need to work through these classes to be able to do what my heart was made to do: art therapy. Although I feel quite drawn to a client base of the homeless or devalued women population, I am quite ready to go where ever God leads me on this journey. He has been known to do things in unexpected ways, so I am looking forward to this adventure.
Once I figure out the rhythm of my life this semester, I will be posting a new class schedule for 2013. I have received several requests for a new soldering class, so I hope to have the information out in a few weeks as to what will be offered. Stay tuned….