Saturday, September 4, 2010

Back to school!

My first full day of classes is September 13th and it seems I'm very slowly getting there. On Thursday I picked up my official ID card and went on an earlybird tour.

The tour was led by a fourth year mature student and it was actually pretty fun. I really didn't need to go, but I just enjoyed following everyone around. There were also people here and there fixing lst minute things. I really like the rhythm of schools, especially when they wind up or wind down for a semester. I met a gal from Idaho and it was just kind of cool to hang around at the back and observe how excited and nervous the younger crowd was and how they all differed. There were a couple of nerdy girls, some kids that wore their artiest artist clothes, a hipster and a suave Hispanic man with a purple shirt, orange-brown leather jacket and white pants. He was a real standout :-)

It turned out that I didn't qualify for the discounted bus pass, and I didn't realize I had to add a locker as a course number. Eeek! I was able to sign up for that, but not get the locker number or combination because it wasn't in the system long enough. So now that I have my official ID, I can apparently get a 10% discount at Kensington Art Supply and free admission to the Glenbow Museum. I hope there are other rewards in store :-)

Here's a pic I snapped while on the tour. The legendary graffiti stairwell at ACAD has been around for decades and will probably be around for decades to come. It's always changing and one picture doesn't do it justice. ACAD actually pays a fee to the fire department because of this stairwell. There are regulations about solvents indoors, and it's just easier to pay the fine than try to stop an old tradition.



  1. Have fun with school. Wow you will enjoy the benefits. What a cool art stairway.

  2. Enjoy Christine ;o) Looks like you're going to have alot of fun! I think the starirway is excellent!! Are you going to paint something on it?

  3. Christine, I know you will have a wonderful time at school. The stairwell reminds me of some of the freight cars I have seen on trains.

  4. One of the best benefits so far is being able to sleep in on Mondays for the next four months :-D Thanks for the well wishes guys!

    I don't know if I'm going to add to the stairway, but there was some knitting on the railing, so I could give that a try and it wouldn't be toxic.

    Marlene, I bet knowing that others will see their art is a good motivator for the train artists :-) I really don't know much about graffiti come to think of it...sometimes it looks unique and other times you can really pick out styles.