ArtsFest 2014 at BRCC
Baton Rouge Community College is hosting the 2014 ArtsFest this year from March 31-April 11, 2014. This will be the 6th year the school will become the mega-cultural hub for Baton Rouge.
ArtsFest will be showcasing exhibitions and performances by famous and the hopefully soon-to-be famous artists. Master classes, talks, discussions and performances are being given in various art disciplines including sculpture, film, painting, poetry, music, dance and video production. Complete listings here: myBRCC
Highlights on Printmaking and Set Design, by David Carpenter & Lenny Lantz, Monday, March 31
“You do what you have to do to be where you want to be,” Kenny Lantz advised the students sitting around the table in the BRCC cafeteria Monday morning.
He also told students that many times when you take a job it can serve you to find out what you don’t want to do the rest of your life. Finding the teachers that can help you is very important if you want to develop your skills. Persistence and drive is vital to your success but, of course it is never easy, he reminded the listeners.
“When you graduate you are not the best you are going to be.” Learning different processes from odd jobs can be helpful to your ongoing education. At times doing internships or offering your services for free can help make connections in the beginning stages of a creative career.
Meeting other artists and problem solving on the job is how a student can expand their horizons and build vital skills. One job can lead to another job as you make more connections.
Talent is good, but employers are looking for someone that will work hard. Drawing is also not something you are born with. It’s a learned skill, it’s practice.
David Carpenter told the group, “Part of it is just being bold enough. It really is a bold action to say, ‘I’m going to trust my hand and I’m putting this out in the universe. I’m opening up myself for more criticism.'”