Aubrey Tarr (Class of 2024)

Name: Aubrey Tarr

Blogger Role: Animation

Major: Illustration

Minor(s): Animation

I chose Marywood initially because it was one of the only schools in Pennsylvania offering a bachelor’s degree in Illustration, but I was also drawn to the beautiful campus and smaller class sizes. I was excited to learn in an environment that would allow me to work one-on-one with my professors and build comradery with the other students in my major. 

I am majoring in Art because I have a fascination with the idea of conveying narratives through art. From animation to comics, I just love the idea of telling a story through a visual medium. I figured that a major in Illustration would help me explore this concept and many others, as well as allow me to build a strong foundation before setting out to tell my own stories. 

When I’m not in class, I’ll probably still be working on art! Even aside from school-related projects, I’ll lose track of time and spend hours drawing. In the rare time that I’m not doodling, I enjoy playing video games and spending time with friends. 

So far, my favorite art class at Marywood was General Illustration II. Our professor took an unorthodox approach to the curriculum, allowing us to interpret projects in ways that interested us and applied to our career goals. Rather than spending time repeating the same assignments and exercises over and over again, we were able to express our individuality and progress with our portfolios. 

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was probably our spring trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I’d never gotten the opportunity to visit an art museum before, so this was monumental for me. I’d spent years learning about “the greats” of art history, but I’d never experienced them in person. Getting to study a Monet in person definitely felt like a turning point in my understanding of art. 

When I graduate, I plan to find a career where I can use my art to tell stories, such as illustrating comics or working with a video game developer. I just want to find a place where I can express myself in my work! 

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it provides an abundance of learning opportunities with experienced professionals. All of my professors have provided invaluable insight into both improving my art and navigating the field of illustration. In particular, Steven Brower and Vince Bonavoglia, two talented designers, have made a tremendous impact on my education. I’d gladly recommend this program to anyone who wants to be challenged while still receiving plenty of support and encouragement.

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