do you think ART is for RICH PEOPLE???

United Arab Emirates
January 3, 2007 1:17pm CST
I prefer to think that art like painting is for rich people. Why? I came from a middle-class family, art is my passion since I was a child. But given the situation, it's difficult for my family to send me to a special school for arts, or even to provide me with necessary arts equipment, that is. Since I have to go to normal school, I only have my pen and paper to sketch to. I did even produce canvass paintings when I was already earning my own income. I don't know for you guys, but for me, it's a luxury for rich people.
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15 responses
• Bulgaria
8 Jan 07
Camille...i take it from your name that your french?..Ca va:P? I just want to say that it's sad what you said about arts and the fact that you have to be rich in order to affort it...BUT!...you are right!..SO RIGHT!...cause i'm dealing with a similar casus too...ALL MY LIFE i wanted to develop my talent and my skills in arts...painting, design, architecture, graffiti etc. BUT..as you said...you need some financial covering to do that...and my parents couldn't give me that either..sad, huh?...well...at least i'm not alone in dealing with this...It's funny 'cause other kids do it for a hobby...me,I wanted to build a career in arts! i even won an international 3rd price on a contest a couple of years ago...i used to study all kinds of artists and painters..on my own..used to know all of their specific scheches and great masterpieces...details...their concerns...even their private lives..i wanted so badly to get into this world...understand more...in every way possible... So...i guess ..the point is...i gave my dream up for a while...cause of lack of financial support...and that sucks...but you know what?...don't give up!..cause i won't either!...:)...and if you ever need some advice ...just type it in...ask..or say anything that concerns you..cause i'm interested!:) take care, camille! :)
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• United Arab Emirates
2 Apr 07
It's great to hear from a true born artist who has the real passion for it. Your words and experiences are so strong and motivating. And I'm very glad you have this kind of perspective. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
• United States
3 Jan 07
no.. but most of the people who can buy paintings, artifacts, & stuff are mostly rich... and in other countries those who can pursue to this course are those with good money in their pockets, for the equipments very expensive
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• United Arab Emirates
4 Jan 07
yeah, that's the point. If you have talent, and you come from a poor family, it's difficult to pursue it.
@noachide (162)
• India
5 Jan 07
no no, i think its for every people. comes with imagination and talent, not so much with money. right?
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@yoleis27 (557)
• Israel
5 Jan 07
It's sad but I think it is. Even a musician has more chance to get known and get money.. Unless you are a freelancer in graphics you can't live from being artist.
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@Joker7 (106)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
I think you're right but at the same time, if you teach yourself it seems the stereotype is rich people buying art from working class individuals. That's what I've noticed anyways. I don't know what to suggest to you, I'm in the same boat, I'd love to go to art school, but it's hard to come up with the money.
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• Pakistan
4 Jan 07
i don't agree with you. Its true artist do face difficulties in early days but after sometime everything starts paying to them. I know many artist who turned up into the most richest people starting from a scratch.
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@Rabi0322 (188)
• Pakistan
1 Apr 07
No i dont agree arts is for everyone not for rich people only i think it depens on the artist i also belong to a middle class family but i have idea's ain mind im creative and where ever i go im appreciated by others if you have talent if you are creative dont waste your time keep on working on ur art it doesnt matter if u wont paint but u can sketch and sketches are also in demad and many people love to buy sketches you can earn money through this too but dont be disheart if you cant go to arts school ur creative u have ideas in ur mind just draw them its not important for an art student to have degree or diploma an artist is admired by his work
• United Arab Emirates
2 Apr 07
Yeah, I guess you're right all along. The sad thing with me is I can't demand a price for my art, I'm also greatly appreciated for it but I love to do arts for presents and gifts. I don't have the business to market it and make money out of it. And so I took up accounting course to land in a better job, which is so boring and out of my passion. Anyway, for everything that I get and didn't get I'm thanking God for it.
@roxified (90)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
art can cost you a lot of money, it is true. i myself is experiencing that already. im currently in college, taking up architecture. i have a passion for art and since i was a child i really love to draw. now that im in college, i noticed that i have been spending more money than what i expected on architecture/art equipments. because before you can do some art, you have to have an art equipment. we all know for a fact that art equipments can be very expensive. but i dont think art is for rich people only. with just a pencil and a paper, you can do a lot of great artworks. much better than those colorful ones. trust me. dont let that be a hindrance for you to not pursue your passion for art. :)
• United Arab Emirates
2 Apr 07
Great perspective, I like your style. Thanks!
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
8 May 07
Haven't you ever heard of "starving artist"? I think that art is for the poor people. I'm not all that poor actually, but I love to paint. I don't think that there is a social limitation on art. It's an expression, a good expression and it's for everyone to enjoy.
@multisubj (451)
• India
10 Apr 07
My son is from middle class. He has no education in special school of arts. Day time, he works as a vet. He burns midnight oil (electricity) for painting work with no income from it. Art is not a luxury, unless you crave for money. You have to paint for satisfaction of your soul and not to make millions. A person who paints for millions makes money and perhaps name and fame. But satisfaction is doubtful. If you have time kindly read Robert Browning's monolog "Andrea del Sarto". Pl. do not misunderstand me for plain frank talk.
• United States
13 Jan 07
I don't think art is just for rich people. I'm certainly not rich by any means but I work as an artist, and have been able to build up a good business from it. I did have a couple years of art school, which I had to take out loans for and pay for myself, but I don't think you really need art school to do art or even to become a professional. My father has been a full-time artist for over 30 years and he only had 1 semester of community college. I guess because I know my dad did it starting from nothing, I knew that I could do it too. When I started painting I used cut up scraps of masonite that I got for free to paint on, and cheap craft acrylics. Everytime I sold a painting I put some more money into supplies. Now I pretty much make my living off of it, and it has only been a few years. You don't have to spend a ton of money on supplies. And with the internet you don't have to sell through galleries either. I only have paintings in one gallery and that is not where I make most of my money from.
@roxified (90)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
oops, i mean.. for you TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION IN ART. :)
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
Maybe expensive art is for rich people because they can afford it but art is in no way just for rich people. Art can me so simple and inexpensive until the artist realizes it. :)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Art has something for everyone. There is much I don't like, but others love. Variety is the spice of life.
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
8 Jan 07
i think it depends not all poor cant pursue their dreams. I agree that it really hard for the poor one to pursue because some will compare it to others who have studied it formally and have the necessary equipments but i think the real talent is to those who are in poor because most of them can show draw paintings even if they just used simple equipments that they only have. The creativity will stand out. Its the talent itself that we should recognized not the standard of life. Although poor has limited resource but they could still be stand out for their good talents and that make them strives to pursue their dreams.