A College Student Writes

An Art Adventure

As an art major, I found that I could apply Christian Science to my creative efforts and come up with a great deal of inspiration.

During my junior year in college, my professor announced in our first studio meeting that for the whole semester advanced students were required to paint exclusively in a contemporary idiom. I considered what I thought of as "modern art" to be unlikable or incomprehensible, and I had no intention of classifying it as true art. The more the professor continued to lecture, the more I began to detest the semester's work. I was content with my old style; and since this new requirement seemed impossible to me, I became increasingly frustrated.

As the weeks progressed, I was sullen, tearful, constantly complaining, and late or absent from class. The majority of the other art majors felt the same way. Art suddenly turned from a great love into a great dread. Our instructor became disgusted with our behavior and increased our assignments.

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November 16, 1968

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