Using my scholarship from the PRCAC, I took two courses in visual art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I have taken courses in past years as well. Landscape Drawing, taught by Rafael Vera, presented opportunities to draw outside from Chicago locations such as Millennium Park and Grant Park using a variety of mediums from charcoal to oil pastels to India ink. The class focused on general concepts to create depth and texture that could be applied not only to traditional landscape but also abstractions, collage and much more. Artist Techniques and Materials, taught by Lindsey French, focused more on specific techniques and materials like plaster, photo transfers, 3d printing, and laser cutting while also exploring shape and surface. Both courses included study of contemporary and past artists through visits to the Art Institute and/or slideshows. A giant part of the learning process and experience was all of the other young artists that I met. Nothing is more motivational than being around people with the same interests and goals as myself. From critiquing each other's work to simply eating lunch together at the cafeteria, I think that the people and friends that I met were my favorite part of the whole thing. Being surrounded by artists young and old is a massive impetus to learn and progress. I've come away from the experience with many memories, friends, and hopefully as a better artist. Many thanks to the PRCAC for helping me to further my interests and aspirations in art.