Originally Posted by Pantisocrat
yes. Art schools provide 1. technical equipments for your work 2. opportunities for display 3. potential affiliated market, alumni + community + internet venues 4. opportunities to network (with other artists) 5. opportunity to study nude models.
1. Very little that you can't buy for less than the 20-80k for tuition. 2. You only need that guaranteed opportunity to display if you otherwise couldn't find a place. So for that to be of value your work would likely be not very good, which means you shouldn't waste your time anyway. 3/4 Emphasis on "potential". It's a ton of money for no guarantee of absolutely anything. You might get it in a door because of some exposure, but quality work is really the only thing that maintains client interest. There is also bit of a stigma against art school graduates in some fields you might want to enter. Just a warning, but it's out there. Networking is valuable I guess, but it's availability is not exclusive to a school. 5. Probably the best reason to go, although you'll be drawing as many bananas as melons.