Good idea. Also, it’s good to have a “line” of bullshit. (“This red stroke here represents my inner searching for…blah blah blah.”) Sometimes that can help. One of my friends got his degree by spewing made-up bullshit about his work. (He already was an accomplished potter, he just needed to get the degree so he would be able to teach. The college he went to had a really sucky ceramics dept., but he played the system, told them what they wanted to hear, got his degree, and now he teaches!)
Exactly. Have you a well-rounded portfolio? Do you understand color and design? What foundational classes have you already taken? Painting? Life Drawing? Don’t assume that you must take these classes at a prestigious art school. A lot of places are more than able to teach you these things.
For instance, I went to Community college in S. Calif, and then on to Otis. One of the Life Drawing teachers at Otis also taught Life Drawing at the Community College. Same teacher, same class (I assume), but TOTALLY different price tag. I am glad I took most of my “beginning” art classes at CC, before I went to Otis. The CC I attended has some fantastic teachers. (Their ceramics teachers are top-notch, as far as I am concerned.)
Sometimes it seems that way. I have seen (among some teachers) an absolute apathy when it comes to teaching and getting students to push themselves to improve. They’d rather just tell the kids that they are great, make a few limp suggestions, and leave it at that. If they actually push a student, the student might get upset, offended, complain to someone else at the college, etc. etc., and who needs that hassle? Can’t offend anyone’s delicate feelings, after all. So some teachers just tell 'em what they want to hear, because it’s less trouble.
Of course, other teachers are real taskmasters, so it all depends on who you get as your teacher. I’ve had some wonderful (but exacting) teachers as well.