Student Spotlight: Shania Nelson

Meet Shania!

Name: Shania Nelson

Year you’ll be graduating: Class of 2023

Major: Illustration

I am majoring in Art because I’ve been drawing from an extremely young age, and all I’ve ever thought about being while growing up was an artist. I’m a creative person at heart and I have such a fire in my heart for art that it would be criminal to choose something else.

The kinds of things that inspire me are photography, clothing, natural surroundings, and so much more. So many things inspire me, it would be too long of a list!

My favorite class so far was Computer graphics or Basic Drawing. In computer graphics i was able to learn the more digital side of art that I never got to learn previously because I didn’t know how, and in Basic drawing the projects allowed me to explore new mediums like charcoal and ink to create different types of artwork.

When I’m not in class I’m usually in the learning commons finishing up work for my core classes or doodling in my sketchbook.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far at Marywood was dabble into the abstract world of art. I created a tryptic painting for a project for my basic drawing class that was very abstract and expressionist. It’s something that I never saw myself doing for so long, and now that I have I want to make so many more like it. 

When I graduate, I would just want to be successful with my craft. I am still deciding whether to be a character designer, concept artist or storyboard artist, but I know whichever I choose I will make the best out of it and be happy with it.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because the faculty are truly dedicated to you and helping you learn. Even though I have only been here for one semester, they have shown me that they want to see me achieve my goals just as much as I do. They are truly compassionate and exemplary with providing projects that help us art students grow and become better artists.

The best spot to be on campus is while this may seem biased, the visual arts center and Insalaco center for studio arts. There is always a peaceful mood in those buildings, and if you need a breather they’re the best places to go to clear your head, and no one will judge you there.

That’s all for this week! Thank you Shania for sharing your time and talents! See y’all next week!

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