I was wondering if anyone here could give me some advice in regards to school. I've been going to school at a University for a year and half but I have begun to recognize the rather large gulf between the focus of their curriculum and the goals I have. In terms of my education, I want to learn how to paint and draw realistically. I figure that having acquired those skills I can stylize judiciously and with intent rather than doing so because I don't have the skills. I have already run across several professors who are afraid to influence the "students hand". They view style as something which must be sheltered, nurtured and fostered within the student. I want strong teachers who WILL influence, teach and instruct me in the pursuit of realistic representation in my work. I will not receive that kind of depth of education in my current program.
So, I started looking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I found alot that I like about the program and have quite recently finished an application to that school. I have seen some great student work and the curriculum appears to contain a great base of traditional study from cast drawing to still life to anatomy.
Still, I wonder if I am doing myself a disservice by not trying to get into a traditional atelier school. The only one close enough to me is Incamminati. I could apply there...but it is extremely important to me to be able to use the GI Bill money I worked so hard to get and Incamminati is not approved for that kind of financing.
The thing is after having made one mistake by choosing my current program, which does not suit me, I am loathe to make another mistake. Is anyone familiar with the program at PAFA? Can I get what I am looking for there or am I barking up the wrong tree?