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Colleen Art LA January 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm

we are dealing with this same issue…and holding a competition to find the best student artist for our LA gallery. http://artla.com/ 
Teenagers should get a chance you never know since some of the greatest artists were already very developed by their teenage years. Michaelagelo, Carravagio, Picasso, Frida Kahlo, to name a few…

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Brian Sherwin January 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm

More power to them. I have to say that I was actually a bit shocked by the number of adult artists whining about this project on Twitter. Why fuss? The way I see it — an adult should not feel insecure about a project like this… no matter how well it is funded.

As for this article — art school can be a good thing… depending on how you build from the experience. It is not for everyone. You can refine your skills without art school — you can expose yourself to work by other artists without art school. The potential of having over $100,000 in debt should also be a consideration. Art school is not exactly a golden ticket.

As for the late Bob Ross… LOL — I’ll just say this… he marketed his methods well and his estate is still raking in more cash than the majority of artists will ever see. The mellow-fellow was a killer businessman. It took him only 11 years to build his — for better or worse — empire. His company was bringing in an average of $15 million a year at one point — and as far as I know he accomplished that without a college degree. ;p 

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T.A.G. January 31, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Great article! Thank you all for your support…and hopefully there aren’t too many “whiners” – T.A.G.

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T.A.G. March 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Check out information about our upcoming show. It will be on March 29th in Chelsea, NYC. Check it out –> http://teenartgallery.org/tag/2012/02/24/the-unseen-artist-event/

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