Darian Mosluk (Class of 2017)

Blogger Role: Painting

Major: Painting

Minor: Printmaking

I chose Marywood because of its beautiful campus and friendly community. As Liberal Arts University, Marywood gives you the opportunity to learn about many subjects outside of your major. I appreciate each class for teaching me the things I did not know before and teaching me somethings I will use for the rest of my life. I also chose Marywood for its well-known art programs. I ended up switching my major three times because I just couldn’t decide which one I enjoyed most, they’re all so great! It is also close enough for me to commute from home which worked out well for me.

I am majoring in Art because I’ve been an artist since I was old enough to draw and color. Everything about me revolves around my artistic abilities and interests. My creative mind needs to be constantly challenged and learning. Art is not just a hobby for me, it is something I am passionate about doing every day for the rest of my life.

When I’m not in class I’m either working on art projects in Insalaco’s studios or looking at art related books and magazines in the Learning Commons. Since I am a commuter, I try to use my time at Marywood wisely because it is difficult to bring all of my supplies back and forth each day from the studio. When I’m not at school I’m usually working at a garden center in Tunkhannock, PA called Creekside Gardens. This job also allows me to express my creativity as well as at school.

My favorite classes at Marywood would have to be all of my studio classes because regardless of your major they all have an impact on you and the way you look at different types of art. I love being in the studio working with people that have a strong connection to art like myself. It’s also great to have professors that challenge your abilities and ideas to help open your mind to the unlimited possibilities of art. Although, out of all of my studio classes, painting has opened up a whole new world for me. The paint itself inspires me with its colors and flexibility. I just love playing with the paint by squeezing it on the canvas, scraping it off, mixing colors, brushing it on and creating new dimensions. The struggle between how to begin the painting and when to end the painting is the challenge for me.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was having the opportunity each semester to visit New York City with the Art Department. Spending the day to visit galleries and museums with your peers and professors is a great experience. Viewing and discussing art in class through books or on the computer is completely different from seeing the artwork in person. There is so much more to see in a piece when it is right in front of you. This stirs up amazing conversations that can lead to you making better decisions in your own artwork.

When I graduate I hope to attend Graduate school in California for painting. My plan is to teach college level painting or drawing classes. Although, I am open to whatever comes my way because truly I don’t know what’s out there for me yet.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it is amazing experience to study art. There is so much more to learn about art than some people may think. Thanks to my professors and peers that I have learned from through Marywood’s Art program, I am more open to the endless amount of creativity this world has to offer.

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