Design has become one of my greatest passions in my life, one that I never grow tired of and constantly wish to improve upon. This is why I chose to become a graphic design major, so that I could constantly interact and learn about design even once I enter the career force. Design is a puzzle that when solved correctly can reach people like words could never do. I have known that I would enter a creative field since a child, though it wasn’t till recent years that my love of graphic design truly blossomed.
Throughout these years I had pursued art as an interest outside of my professional ambitions. Although I knew I had passion for the subject, I was convinced that I had to compromise my creativity in order to have a successful career. It was only in the midst of my crisis, when my favorite teacher decided to pursue opportunities outside of the school, that I realized that I shouldn’t have to play by anyone else’s rule book, especially not my district’s.
I graduated from Hilliard Darby High School this past spring. My love for art began very young with my father who always made sure to encourage my creativity. I remember making coil pots with him during the summer and then painting them. In the ninth grade I took painting which I immediately became attached too. For the past four years I have continued to expand my abilities and strengthen skills with the help of my teacher Mrs. Kulick-Brown. From there I have completed several commissioned pieces for teachers and their families. Painting has taught me a lot about color and composition. During high school I also was involved in ceramics where I competed in the annual ‘Feats of Clay” competition. I love the focus and serenity I experience
My undergraduate study in painting and drawing at the School of Art Institute of Chicago was one of the significant experiences and experiments in my art career. I was able to experiment art materials and tools in painting and drawing studio
For a long time I aspired to become a teacher of the arts. I had always felt it was my duty to share my passion with others. I wanted not only to teach individuals about the color pallets VanGough idealized, but also to show in times of need how art can be your best friend. Whenever I find myself caught up in the mysteries of life I turn to my sketch pad and there I find clarity. It may not always result in an answer but creating art simplifies the heart.
During my childhood years, my neighborhood surroundings influenced me to become an artist. The way I look at life is I see myself as a leader who will accomplish my goals and make a difference in people’s lives. The person who influenced me the most to become an artist was my late uncle. My uncle was an artist who worked in New York City. I remember the first time my mother showed me his work and was astonished by his drawing skills. He was a very talented artist. After seeing his work, I had a strong desire to become a graphic designer.
I took every art class possible at school, then by the time senior year came I already took all the classes so I took three independent studies and spent about three hours a day in the art room with the only teacher whom I actually liked, and it was heaven creating anything I wanted from a ceramic flamingo to a plastered seahorse made from pumpkin gourds. Spending time in that art class was the only thing that got me through the day and made math and science classes go by faster knowing I had something to look forward to. I am so excited to start the ascend of my future by coming to BGSU, but it is a little overwhelming to know that my future career path will be judged by how I spend the next four years of my life, however there are many goals and accomplishments that I want to accomplish before I hear the name Anthony Joseph Sansalone being called from the loudspeakers of the graduating class of 2022 at
Throughout my school career, I always excelled in Art. In kindergarten, I received a medal for being the best artist. In second grade, I made a self-portrait that was put into a showcase. Since then I have taken Art from sophomore year to senior year. In those three years, I experimented with Ceramics, Graphic Art and Design, and the basic Art 1. Out of these classes, I managed to excel in Graphic Art and regular Art 1. For instance, in both art classes I had to create a portrait, a typography portrait for Graphic Design and a traditional portrait for Art 1. Although, I have excelled in these classes it was not perfect after the first try. I was successful in the subject of the Arts because I paid attention to detail and cared about the outcome.
In fact, art has always been an inseparable part of my life. My journey with art started when I was still in Iran and my mother enlisted me in my first extracurricular art class. After moving to Beijing, the capital of China, I became fascinated with Chinese painting that is very different from western paintings in both mediums and techniques. Thus, I signed up for one-to-one classes for Chinese Gongbi and Shui-mo painting. When my journey brought me to the United States, I took advantage of the flexible high school curriculum that I previously did not have and enrolled in a variety of Art classes. I was able to make my own short animation, explore different mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, and clay, learn to develop in the dark room what I photographed with my film camera, and create works of art such as sculptures and paintings, all of which have been displayed at my schools galleries. After my virtual tour of Jewett Arts Center, I fancied of walking down the halls and be inspired by the great variety of artworks. The art center resonates the promise that I can further explore my artistic abilities and perhaps step out of my comfort zone and lead a new adventure with oil
Once in high school, I put my all into my art. I started exploring different styles and types of art, like design. I applied my skills everywhere: from designing the yearbook for eight years straight to photographing for the Admissions team. I toyed with mediums like acrylic and watercolor as I deviated from the paper I used to use. As time passed, art became who I am: it was what I used to think and feel about the world and I’m compelled to create for
Often contemplating working to earn my Bachelor Degree, and musing on the possibility of continuing my education in the field of Art, I am now taking the opportunity as my family’s business will be permanently closing our doors by the end of this year. I made the decision to return to Tidewater Community College to complete a full Associate Degree and to explore my options for moving on to a four-year program. Unsure at this time what four-year institution I will transfer to, I am looking forward to exploring the myriad of possibilities with my Advisor. My current goal is to further pursue programs in Graphic Design and a Fine Art field. Additionally, I would like to seek to receive my teaching credentials in Art after completing my Bachelor Degree. I believe furthering my education in this manor will reveal more opportunities than if I limit myself to just one
It was my freshman year of high school when I took Drawing A; I quickly learned that I had a skill that I had previously ignored and began embracing it. Sophomore year, though, was when I truly started using my art. It was during this year that I received a 4 on my AP-Studio Art portfolio, and won four awards at Scholastic Art and Writing in photography. Art gave me a feeling of accomplishment that I didn’t usually get in the rest of my academics, so I always tried my
I took a ceramics class at my high school. I felt overjoyed every time when my piece came out the kiln still in tact with the vibrant glazes adding to its beauty. My proudest work produced was my Day of the Dead inspired skull.
We have created a home here and built a studio nestled in the woods where I make drawings, paintings, and sculptures inspired by my experiences and the surrounding nature. In the last couple of years, I have been invited as a guest artist to critique final presentations of the BFA and MFA students at SUNY New Paltz. My ongoing dialog with the students and faculty have sparked the desire to dig deeper into my artistic and cultural lineages in a stimulating setting where my ideas are challenged and debated. I have decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine