Rocio Sanchez just graduated from Benito Juarez Community Academy and is off to Columbia College Chicago in the Fall. We met Rocio about a year ago when she applied to PAS's Digital Photography Program (funded by ASM). I hadn't seen her in a few weeks and asked her to give me a quick update/reflection on her experiences in the program so far. She was under deadline so excuse the spelling errors.... Actually, excuse my spelling errors to!! Thanks Rocio,
"Rocio's Last Minute Reflection"
When Anthony first told me about this program “Each one/ Reach one” I have to admit I had my doubts about it. I didn’t know if it was going to work out or if the program would be beneficial to me in any way; but still I joined the program with hopes of learning new things.
I was curious to know what the future Mentors had gone through in order to get to where they are now. I was also curious about their decision of becoming an artist, and mainly I wanted to know how they made a living specifically out of their art. I always though I could never make a living with art. My family is the type that prefers a steady pay and so telling them that I wanted to live off my art was difficult. But then I learned from Mentor’s in the program that not all of them are full time artist some have a part-time job that helps them to pay their bills, and rent along with the selling of their art.
I was really lucky to be partnered off with Adriana Baltazar; she is incredibly talented and has helped me realize that there are a millions of ways of expressing yourself through art, not just one. When we first met she asked me if I like a specific type of art, I obviously answered photography, but then she told me about her projects and that got me thinking that I don’t only have to stay in photography, I can experiment and if I don’t like what I am doing I can go back and do a totally different project.
Around the time when the program started I was doing some paintings dealing with flowers, at that time my art teacher didn’t really have time so I asked Adriana if she would help me and give me her feed back on my paintings, and she did which was really nice. But to have some there just to judge your work and tell you the good and the bad about it is really helpful but what is even more helpful is that this person knows what he/she is talking about because they have studied art and have good constructive criticism.
I have to say this program has really helped me grow as a person an as an artist in the making. I got to see and continue to see new things. For example Adriana introduced me to knitting and crocheting something that I myself on my own will would have never tried. Not in a million years, just for the simple fact that it seemed difficult.
Overall the program the way I see it has really helped me, having Adriana guide me and answer questions that I’ve had really helps me in knowing where I want to go and what I want to do in the next 20 years of my life.