Hey y’all! My name is Tife and I am a senior concentrating in Psychology. In the last couple of years, I’ve had the pleasure of taking several classes in the Visual Arts department and recently started getting involved with the Creative Writing department as well. I’ve been interested in photography and creative writing for years, but I had never had any formal training before coming to Princeton.
In general, being amongst so many intelligent, talented, and experienced students at Princeton can be intimidating. Although I’ve been involved with the VIS department for years, each time I enroll in an arts class, begin a new project, or present my work for critique, it can still feel daunting. But the process of making a new piece, from idea to execution to sharing it with my peers, has always been absolutely worth it!
Through the VIS department, I’ve had the opportunity to explore art forms and media that I never had before: film photography, woodworking, graphic design, and more! The availability of art supplies, software, and equipment that the VIS department provides has allowed me to conceive of and execute ideas that I never would have in the past. I’ve learned so much about different types of visual art and new techniques through the skillful instruction and guidance of VIS professors.
The relationships that I’ve developed with professors in the VIS department have been some of the strongest that I’ve developed in my time at Princeton. In my experience, they are open-minded and excited to discuss anything related to art, and as someone who came to Princeton with little art experience, I’ve always felt both encouraged and challenged by the discussions that I have had and the work that I have done with VIS professors.
If you have any questions about VIS at Princeton and whether it might be for you, or if you’d just like to talk art, feel free to reach out!