higher art is making me hate drawing, there is no freedom and it’s so stressful

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itszoee
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i've always loved drawing, the fact that art is a creativity outlet that can calm you down and make you feel happy. This however is not higher goddamn art. i remember being told in s3 that when we’re doing national 5 art and higher that they would give us themes and we can draw whatever we want to around that particular theme.

I'm in s5 now and this is not true at all. from s1 we have been given portraiture and design units to do , i’ve always enjoyed design more as you actually get a choice but with expressive portraiture it’s always been the same we just draw pictures of ourselves for months, i enjoy painting the portraiture but the black and white pencil portraits are always hell for me bc i spend so much time erasing things . This repeats through all of year s3 and s5. It's hell, if you're not good at a facial anatomy or just don’t enjoy portraiture your grade will suffer a lot.
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My GCSE art killed it for me, too. not drawn anything since, and that's about 19 years now.
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I agree, in S2/S3 I was actually decent at drawing still life objects that were in-front of me. But for S5/S6 the end units were centred around drawing ourselves and I was soo bad at it, I used to wait to bin my work. They used to time us for the exam, draw and paint yourself within 3 hours or something, which was so stressful 🥴
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