Hello and welcome to the Student's Dorm!
We would like to take a moment to lay down a few guidelines for posting. We have a few goals for this forum, including the creation of a great resource for art students, and in order to achieve them we need everyone to be aware of the posting guidelines, so please read this message if you are a newcomer to this forum.
This forum is geared to help out formal students
of art. This means that unless you are taking classes, are in some sort of art
institution, have useful information to share, or are considering becoming a formal student of art then you should probably not be
starting threads in this forum. Although we recognize that we all are students of art - no matter where we are in our artistic lives -
we would like to keep this forum as a resource for serious formal art students. Therefore if you are interested in improving on your
art but it is not part of any formal study, then we would ask you to post somewhere else. There are several forums available for
everyone to post their work and questions in, including the critique centers, and medium and subject specific forums where you can find helpful feedback about your work.
Although this forum is aimed towards art students, we encourage all members of this site to join in on discussions and to help answer questions. Former students of art have a lot of knowledge to share, as do teachers and professors, so having everyone involved will only allow more useful information to get passed around.
Different topics about schools and classes which are acceptable include, but are not limited to:
- Application questions
- The portfolio building process
- Favorite schools
- Textbook reviews
We would like to discourage people from using this forum as a gallery to display works, and therefore posting images should be done with caution. Although we realize that at times we like to hear the critical feedback from fellow students, we must remember that there are many other forums dedicated to posting artwork for feedback on this site. We have no intention of turning this forum into another gallery. Therefore, if you post a piece in this forum and we do not see it as being suitable, we will move it to the appropriate forum.
If you do choose to post a piece, you must explain what it is you want to know, and what this has to do with your studies. An example of what would be appropriate would include:
"This is a painting I did as an assignment in college (assignment explained), however it received a really bad mark, and I do not
understand why. Do you think I missed the entire point of the assignment, and what do you think I could have done to receive a better mark?"
An inappropriate entry into the forum would include a statement like:
"This is a picture I did. Comments/Critique is welcome"
An entry like this will be removed from the forum, and placed in Open Critiques, because you have failed to describe what the piece has to do with your art studies, and have not asked a specific question regarding the piece posted.
Threads that we feel do not belong in this forum will be moved to the appropriate forum, and in many cases, if an image is involved,
then it will be moved to Open Critiques where you can receive feedback on it. This goes the same for works completed by students outside of their studies, or for students just wanting to show off pieces they did for homework.
We are hoping that by being perhaps a bit picky about what is and is not acceptable on this forum we can help create an environment filled with great helpful information, and to make it into a valuable addition to an already fantastic site. Please take into consideration the point of this forum, and try to abide by our guidelines, so we can keep things as informative as possible, and keep things running smoothly.