Recently Unicoi Art Studio sat down to talk with Talia Halpern. Talia is a sophomore Art major at Smith College. For Tali the decision to make a career in art was evident from early on. She was one of Unicoi’s first students, starting when she was in 2nd grade and continuing until 5th grade. She was always very passionate about art. We wanted to discover how art fits into every day adult life, whether it’s your career, a way to relax or a way to express yourself. Here’s how it all went down.
U: Describe how you got started in art.
T: I was born with a pencil in my hand I swear, I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember. I feel I’ve always been an artist and I’ve never considered any other career seriously.
U: How has art touched your life outside a studio setting?
T: Art has completely changed my life. I have met interesting and complex mentors that have examined and questioned my views on the world. I have also met amazing friends, many of them who I know I will be friends with forever. I am so thankful for these loving presences in my life.
U: What has art taught you that you’ve been able to apply to real world experiences?
T: Becoming a studio artist means that I have to face rejections and tribulations not only against my occupation but also my passion. It is hard to be so vulnerable. I have learned to take my time and to spend that time on my passions.
U: What advice do you have for both people interested in art as well as those hesitant to give it a try?
T: Everyone should be making art in one way or another. Expression through art is necessary to fully communicate…The misconception of artists needing technical skill [might] prevent many people from creating…[perhaps they fear] other’s critiques.
U: How do you see art changing people’s lives?
T: Art has the ability to help [as a form of] therapy.
U: How do you see art fitting into busy adulthood?
T: Art is a lens in which to see and interact with the world, not something that can be kept on a shelf. [It’s essential everyone should carve out space for self expression in one form or another.]
U: How important is it to be creative as an adult?
T: It is important to be creative at any age. Without creativity what differs from person to person?
U: What does art give you?
T: Art makes me feel and gives me a reason to be and explore.
There you have it! What are you waiting for? You can experience the benefits of art at any time through one of Unicoi’s adult classes or exciting workshops. Contact us with any questions