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Day 255 (of the Pandemic)

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How is everyone holding up?

Second wave of the Pandemic is here in spades, but at least there are multiple promising vaccines being worked on. I’ve heard that it probably will be at least another year before things could be back to “normal” (whatever that turns out to be) if the vaccines are effective and start distribution early in the new year.

I have a collection of 12 fabric masks now, and a large supply of TrioMed Active Surgical & Medical Single Use Masks – which are treated with an antimicrobial that kills the covid and flu viruses. Gives me a bit more comfort when I have to get on transit, go to class or appointments.

I’ve been taking part in National Portfolio Day. It is completely online this year and I have to say I like it this way! I’ve talked to 10 art schools and universities from around the world so far, and still have three more dates where I can talk to more. I’ve already scheduled a session for this Sunday with another school.

If you are thinking about attending post-secondary art programs I highly recommend it – you can still sign-up and participate! I’ve found that with them running sessions since September that there is no waiting to talk to the school reps. And, even though it says 10-15 minutes a session, I’ve been getting 30-60 minute sessions as there is no one waiting after me. I’ve had some excellent portfolio reviews, critiques, suggestions, lessons and discussions about various program options. The link to register is: https://nationalportfolioday.org/

All the UK schools I’ve talked to have suggested applying straight into their Master’s programs. That isn’t an option with the Canadian schools I’ve spoken to, at least not one they are promoting. In the UK they go there straight off. I’m a “mature” student with a decades long arts based career, and lifetime of producing work in multiple media. I am VERY interested in that option as I was thinking I’d like to get a Masters of Fine Art and assumed it would happen after finishing a BFA. But… skipping the BFA would save time (1.5 to 2 years) and overall would cost less as well (comparing MFA to MFA.)

I’m finishing a three year diploma in Fine Arts – Advanced (Honours) and the Canadian schools’ maximum credit to transfer into their BFA programs is only 50% to 75%. And even with a 75% transfer credit it would be three semesters to complete a degree. And that was only one school, the others were 50% – you have to complete two years of their program to get their degree.

The Master’s programs are three semesters straight through which is a full year. Compared to finishing a BFA that is faster as most BFA programs run a traditional schedule with the summer off. I’m not getting any younger, so that is very appealing to me too. The last year of a BFA is the thesis year – researching a specific theme or topic and producing a body of work… the MFA is also a thesis with a broader/deeper scope.

I’ve been working hard on my Statements of Intent (different ones for different programs) and portfolio to get them ready for applications. I’ll be applying to several schools (some have waived their application fees due to the pandemic) as soon as I have my final marks for this semester in December, for both BFA and MFA programs to start in September 2021. Then I’ll see what happens!

Below is one of my current projects – I built the box which is is 2 x 2 feet, and I’m creating an elephant from cloth mache. So far I’ve recycled egg cartons, meat trays, an old fitted sheet, a sheet of foam core from another project, six different types of sponges and a used lot of glue. Tomorrow work continues – will install the background as I have to do that before I secure the armature for the ear. I’m pretty pleased with it so far.

2 thoughts on “Day 255 (of the Pandemic)

  1. It shows texture in your current photo where you’ve painted it gray. It will be interesting to follow your steps as you develop it further.

    • It isn’t painted… that’s just the colour of the sheet I ripped up to use for the cloth mache. The sheet had a stripe in the weave. Still more layers of fabric and glue to add, and the ear, before I touch paint.

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