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“Talk to your kids about art school” — Creative ads compare art to drugs

Nov 30, 2011 By Abraham

(By Team Detroit for College for Creative Studies, via Flying Scotsman)


  1. Anon says:

    Yes art is like drugs, it usually sets you up for a life of miserable failures and scraping to get by. You accomplish nothing of worth in the world and are a bunch of useless idiots destined to live off the public dollar. Sounds just like drug addicts to me

    1. Jenny says:

      Wow. And to think I went to school for a degree in Art… and came out a graphic designer….and am making more than enough money to live off of and help my family with….without the help of the public dollar….

      And if you think donating to charity, paying my taxes, being a supervisor at my work and a mentor to underprivileged kids makes me a useless idiot then maybe we need to re-evaluate that term…

      Sure, a life as an artist does set us up for some sort of failure but those of us that are true artists are able to learn from our mistakes/failures and grow as a person/artist. It’s called constructive criticism and you learn to accept it.

      I’m curious to know if you’ve ever had a favorite movie, listened to music or looked at a painting and enjoyed it. Even if it was for only a second. That tells me that there is some worth to what we, the artistic community, put out into the world. so, on behalf of all of us, your welcome.

      1. V says:

        Well said Jenny. Anon, I would like to add that I too went to an art school and got my high school diploma there. Currently I just graduated Magna cum laude as an archaeologist and I have been offered a phD-position at the university I graduated from. In the past I have often had to deal with people telling me that my art school degree Is useless and that I couldn’t accomplish much with it and that university probably isn’t for me since I studied art. Those comments are short sighted and insulting to people like me and have at times discouraged me to take on certain challenges. People are largely responsible for their own succes and there are many people who do very well after studying art get jobs as teachers or graphic designers or even archaeologists…

      2. Joe Michaels says:

        Outstanding reply, Jenny! Artists (like you) have soul. Unlike jerk “Anon.” Each of my three kids is artistic — and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Two may very likely pursue an art-oriented field.

    2. Riddlywalker says:

      OK- start with your skin, move outwards…underwear, clothing, the chair, the table, the shape of the room, the drapes, the carpet, the streetscape outside, the cars, the streetlights, the computer you are sitting in front of, All designed by someone who went to Art school at some stage….

      That magazine you like, music videos, your favourite shoes, every word you read in a supermarket, on a billboard, let’s stop here while you work it out for yourself.

    3. Joe says:

      They may not accomplish anything of worth, but certainly of value. Something you as the degenerated and brainwashed subject you are will probably never be able to distinguish.

    4. Tink says:

      Everyone out there that creates, whether they be a fine artist with an award-winning exhibition or a teenager on DeviantArt drawing what makes them happy, are adding something to the world that makes it that little bit richer. It’s easy to tear others down for not being ‘good’ enough, much harder to create something constructive. I’d much rather ‘feed’ starving artists than put up with people who, in the grand scheme of things, contribute nothing but whining and tearing others down whilst doing nothing of note themselves.

      And perhaps if people like you appreciated the work they did and actually supported artists, less of them would be ‘scraping by’. You’re not only assuming no artists get paid even moderately well for their work (that’s plain wrong) but also that anybody who creates must be (badly) trying to make a living off art, as opposed to maybe having a ‘day job’ they love, and still creating when they can. Those who create don’t fit any one category (or in your case, derogatory stereotype) because they’re a pretty diverse bunch of people.

    5. JFC says:

      And what, exactly do YOU do for a living? I mean besides leave inane, troll-baiting comments on website comments sections?

    6. Twink says:

      Actually, not always so. Though most creatives (and most people who love the job they do) will tell you that money isn’t everything, if you do something you truly love. It is still worth it to the many writers, artists etc who have a day job and do it on the side, or just do it as a hobby.

      But never assume it means poverty. Frank Netter, M.D. was a good doctor. But he was also a phenomenal painter, so much so he left medicine to pursue medical illustration. He earned far more, they say, painting than he did as a doctor. No, the arts don’t owe you a job, not everyone can make it profitable. But there will always be opportunities and there will always be a chance to learn to be a better artist.

  2. Roy L. Breckenridge says:

    Great idea – there several groups of individuals who can benefit from an introduction to the arts. One of those groups is young people. As with the other groups, young people may not have the vocabulary or the ability to verbalize what the are thinking but – give them a brush, a pen, a piece of stone, a piece of clay and a minimum of instruction and you may well provide them with the ability to “talk”, to tell you what they are thinking even though the may not be able to verbalize that same process.

    Even if all they learn is that “I don’t like doing this” you have still provided an opportunity to learn which they may not have had beforehand.

    Very few of these individuals may posess the innate talent or desire to continue to pursue their artistic talents, but if you guide even one in a better direction then you fulfill your obligation to say Thank You for the talent you ghave been blessed with.

    1. Tink says:

      Well said! I’d also like to add that you don’t have to make a career of art or design to create. I’ve met no shortage of people whose ‘day job’ was something quite different, but for whom a passion for creating extended beyond school. This isn’t necessarily because art isn’t financially viable (it may not be for some, it certainly is for others), but because everyone has the right in life to choose which passion to follow, and they may have more than one. It doesn’t matter whether you devote your life to creating the most amazing work, or only paint for pleasure once in a while; creativity isn’t about competing with others but about expressing yourself. So what if you’re not the best? If it makes someone happy, then stuff the haters ;) And of course, you don’t need to be a professional artist to respect the work creative people do.

  3. Zaz says:

    For the record, Anon (if that IS your real name), my father is a full-time professional watercolor artist and has been for over 30 years. He lives well and put two kids through college. He has never lived off the public dollar. Prior to selling his artwork full time, he taught high school art (back in the day when they had such jobs). Please stop generalizing about artists. There are plenty of successful ones. Graphic artists are in high demand these days for all sorts of industries. Oh, and I love this ad campaign. I was raised to know the warning signs of art.

  4. Aaron says:

    I would add one with the kid shouting to their dad, “I learned it by watching you!” (a la a drug commercial from the 90’s).

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