hashtag art school right? This semester was crazy fast, but then toward the end now, it’s starting to drag
I’m not actually in art school, at least if I was I’d have something art-related to post! I’m doing a Msc in Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto. It’s a 2 year program with a certification exam at the end. OT is a regulated health profession that involves helping people engage in meaningful occupation, where “occupation” can be anything the person needs to, wants to, or is expected to do. OTs work in all sorts of settings, not just hospitals! For example, they could help someone get back to work after an injury, help a child with school or self-care, help babies and their mothers with feeding, help individuals with mental health issues reintegrate into the community… the possibilities are really endless! It’s really versatile which is great because you get such a wide array of individuals with all different skills and expertise. It’s a bit early to be picking a future practice area but I have a degree in psychology so would ideally like to do something in mental health, crisis, or addictions of some sort, maybe in a community setting.
Our program is 2 years with no summer (though we get the first august off), including 3 terms of school and the remainder dedicated to fieldwork. Our class has 87 people and we have every class together and do a lot of group work so you really get to know everyone, it’s very different than undergrad. At the moment, all 5 of our classes are in the same room in the same building too. As I mentioned before, I’ve been really enjoying everything so far! It’s been a huuuge 180 shift from doing art full time for over a year to being back in school full time for something totally unrelated, but I think I’m adjusting. I’m still looking forward to some art time over the holidays though!
I feel like I’ve really been neglecting tumblr, and all my art social media places lately. Time has been going by really fast. I was thinking it hadn’t been that long since I updated facebook, and saw my last post was a month ago.
My whole “oh, maybe I’ll have time for art here and there in school!” optimism has pretty much been abandoned. Hoooowever, I am getting a lovely 2 weeks off at Christmas and am hoping to spend it vegging out in my apartment sculpting stuff. I have a couple family things arranged but not much, and I’m really looking forward to having a break.
Things have been awesome though, I have to add. Life is going well: I’m doing well in school, exercising regularly, eating well, mood is good, people here are nice, Toronto is pretty neat, and am actually not *too* stressed out. It’s just with sculpting, I like to have at least 6 hours just to sit and chill to do it, and even when I have downtime lately I feel like I should be doing other things and It’s pretty much impossible to settle into sculpting. But, I have a couple things planned for the holiday to make. We’ll see how it goes!
I have one big paper, a seminar presentation, and three exams before the end of term, which is December 19th. Can’t believe how fast this semester has gone by!
Hope everyone is doing well. Just an update to let you all know I’m still somewhat alive ;)
kiyarasabel asked: So how do you get your resin casts done? Is there a service you could recommend?
so far I have never made any casts. I am working on a big kirin that I plan to eventually cast by sending him to a caster, possibly “resins by randy” but I have to research more :)
Phewwww school orientation starts tomorrow D:
This week will be a blur of running around doing small things to prepare for school and orient ourselves, and then the real work begins next monday.
I have one commission, a centaur, who is very close to being done, and a handful of random other things that need photos. The two dead horses should be finished sometime soon also. Oh, and the ice kirin! He needs photos.
I’m trying to plan a sculpting day every weekend, but I’m not sure how that will work out. Everyone says the first 2 semesters of the program are super brutal, but obviously I won’t know how much extra time I’ll have until I’m there. This type of school will be pretty different than undergrad I imagine, it’s all in one building, a lot of group work, and I think we will end up doing a lot of the readings and studyings in the building instead of at home or the library.
I’m excited! Nervous and stressed, but excited all the same. It seems like decades ago that I was in school >.> It’s only been 16 months
So yus, wish me luck! And I’ll hopefully have some new stuff photographed sometime this week for your viewing pleasures.
I can’t find the comment anymore, but someone asked if I ever do art trades…
The answer is that I can’t at the moment, commissions are closed too unfortunately because I’m starting school in about a week! I’m still aiming to have an art day every weekend but I can’t adhere to any sort of realistic deadline so don’t want to commit to making things for other people. It’s quite likely I’ll be making things to put on etsy though, so if you ever have suggestions on things (eg. more kirins, more dead horses, more dragons, whatever) feel free to tell me! :)