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Sophie Taylor-Havens

Studio Art

Saxtons River, VT
Studio Art and Psychology
Study Abroad:
ISDSI Thailand
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Something Ben & Jerry's
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Creativity can be the sole focus here. The faculty seriously rocks.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
My desire to create, get messy, use my hands and learn more about the world of art is what brought me to the Studio Art department. The department has satisfied these desires, but what really keeps me coming back is the incredible faculty that makes up the art department.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Explore mediums you haven't worked with! Take Basic Drawing already!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I find art very therapeutic, it's a great way to process my thoughts, feelings, and ideas. It can require me to let go of things and push myself. I am also majoring in psychology, so being a part of both departments has molded the way I approach both and led me to see an essential connection between the two fields. I also work in the art room at Woodward Elementary, being a part of the art department (as well as psychology) has informed this work.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
How to take care of myself and be happy.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I took Painting: Contemporary Practices last spring. I had not taken a painting class before, and most of my other art classes had been 3-D. The class was conceptually based, so that, plus how Tom structured the class helped me to work with a similar theme throughout different pieces. This helped me to push myself to think about an idea for longer, in different ways and within different contexts or restraints. We explored many different types of contemporary painting and contemporary artists.

What is your SIP?
TBD, Art SIP, 3-D.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I'm planning on moving to Philadelphia after graduating. Hopefully making some connections with the many art/education/therapy/social work/community building non-profits. I am especially interested in becoming involved with the Philadelphia Mural Art Program.

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