We interviewed our students Pamela, Irina, and Nelli to give you an impression of our Academy.
In this student interview, you will learn a lot about the experiences and impressions of our student Irina. She gave us a brief insight into her student life. Thanks a lot for this! I hope you will enjoy reading it.
Student interview with Irina, about her:
It’s probably quite typical to start by saying that since I was a child, I have always been passionate about drawing. This passion determined the way I looked at the world around me. It was clear to me back then that one day I would dedicate myself to art. When I did the entry test at an art college after completing school, all my dreams seemed to fall apart: the focus of the study was not painting or drawing. We were supposed to learn descriptions of pictures, a lot of theory and we were allowed just one single drawing, on a DIN A 4 sheet! The task was: Draw an “imagination city”. I looked around in the room, startled, and wondered if I wanted to belong to this generation of artists who will never really learn how to draw and paint. It happened, what was supposed to happen: I didn’t get selected and drop out. I quickly forgot the college rejection, because a short time later, my family experienced a severe blow of fate, and I was forced to push my dream aside for many years. I supported my family, did a training as an industrial clerk and have since then worked in the field of bank management, as well as, as a pedagogical assistant at a private educational institution.
However, I have never forgotten my love for drawing and painting. I tried, as far as possible, to stay artistically active. And if I did not have a pen and paper in my hand, then I drew lines in my thoughts, I watched people and their movements, objects and their texture, everything I saw, had my attention. In my mind, I was constantly drawing.
Until recently, I was still working for a well-known foundation. But then I found out that the program I worked for would not be extended. Therefore, I took the courage to follow my dream and decided to study at the Academy of Fine Art.
Why are you at the Academy?
Here are the old masters my role model. I would like to learn the drawing and painting techniques and master them as the old masters did.
How did you find out about the Academy?
Exactly two years ago I read about the Academy on the internet.
How do you finance your studies?
By private means and for a small part with a loan.
Do you have a part-time job?
At the moment, I work as a freelancer and paint murals.
How often are you here?
Due to “Long Pose”, every day.
Career aspirations: what is your dream job?
At the moment, I feel like I am doing exactly what I have always wanted to do.
Everyday life: what does a typical Academy-day look like?
The day usually starts with a little chat in the Academy kitchen. Sometimes we have breakfast together and then we all start working on our current projects. Until lunchtime, we work highly concentrated on our drawings or paintings. At the moment, I am working with coal in the Cast-Atelier, which I am sharing with two great students, with whom I am meanwhile very close to. Before I start to work on my drawing, I think about my last steps and the last correction of the teachers. I usually talk with one of the teachers at the beginning and at the end of the lesson; so that they know at what point I currently am and can tell me exactly what I have to pay attention to while giving me an assessment of how the drawing is so far. At lunchtime, we usually go outside. This gives us the opportunity to relax so that we can later start with the “life drawing” with fresh eyes and a renewed energy.
What do you do in your free time?
I draw and read. Furthermore, I enjoy exploring nature and spending time with my family.
What does art mean to you?
Sometimes art is for me just an illusion but sometimes is very tangible. It makes me move forward quickly and, at the same time, to freeze a moment for days. It makes me awake, sharpens my gaze, makes my imagination blossom and challenges me to try new things. It’s not easy dealing with art, but without it, everything would be a lot less exciting for me.
What goals are you pursuing personally and professionally?
To develop my skills.
What is your motivation?
My fascination with the beauty of life.
How do you like the Academy, how is the atmosphere here?
The atmosphere at the Academy is respectful and cozy. You really feel at home, which, among other things, has to do with the fact of being with people who have similar interests to yours, who like to work concentrated and have a passion for drawing and painting. I’m always looking forward to going to the Academy and I really enjoy coming here.
Last but not least, in our student interview: what do you like and what don’t you like?
What I like is the openness and the positive interaction between the teachers and the students, and that we all believe in what we do.
What I do not like is the low light in the Cast Atelier.
A suggestion: A sofa or two armchairs in the lounge/kitchen would make it friendlier and increase the recreational factor in the breaks 🙂
Take a look at our student interview with Pamela.