My professor that I’ve had for two semesters now for two seperate classes (Drawing and Color) is leaving on sabbatical. And though i’ll probably never have another class with her since she’s a drawing and painting professor I’ve grown to really enjoy her classes and method of teaching. She’s the most analytical artist I’ve ever met. She teaches using systems and research and connecting that bridge between art as a free flowing action and art as a structure for meaning. Even her project handouts and emails seem to be equations using equal signs and elipses and punctuation that seem to mimic her own train of thought. While we have system, she allows us to come up with our own concepts and ideas and tries as hard as possible not to have limitations on what we could do in her class. We had a collection of reserved books from the library ranging from art books to philosophical essays and we poured over them and discussed and pulled ideas that we could use from them into our own artwork. Our class on workdays was an environment where we could work alone yet talk with one another and collaborate and share and I know some people were annoyed by how she ran her class but I wasn’t in the slightest. I know I’ve never been an analytical person and I always thought that I didn’t really need that as an artist. Structure and logic were for the math and science people and not for me. But in the two classes I had with her I realized that its also useful as an artist. Not in the way I expected it to be but strangely, in a way that I enjoyed. I always take something away from each class I take in college and the one I take away from hers is that being analytical is a part of becoming a well rounded artist.