Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

How are women, and artists, "seen" and judged by their age, race, and looks? And how does this seeing change, depending upon what is asked of the viewer? What does it mean when someone states (as one teacher does) that "you will never be an Artist"?who defines "an Artist," and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of be How are women, and artists, "seen" and judged by their age, race, and looks? And how does this seeing change, depending...

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Title:Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
Author:Nell Irvin Painter
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1640090614
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:331 pages pages

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Reviews

  • Lydia
    Aug 16, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

  • Mary
    Jun 30, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

  • Maya Rock
    Jul 04, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

  • Lauren
    Oct 24, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

  • Amy
    Jul 22, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

  • Carol
    Aug 02, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

  • Lisa
    Jun 28, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

  • Dana
    Oct 22, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

  • Jillian
    Aug 01, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. I learned about artists I've never heard of, I got an insider's look at art school, and I learned a bit about how racism and the art world intersect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in art, creating ar...

  • Erin
    Jan 12, 2019

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. I learned about artists I've never heard of, I got an insider's look at art school, and I learned a bit about how racism and the art world intersect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in art, creating ar...

    3.5 maybe? I really wanted to like this book. It was shortlisted for the Reading Women nonfiction award, and there is definitely a lot that is good about this book: the story of a woman in her 60s going to art school, the personal story of the author?s parents, thoughtful commentary ...

  • Sonya
    Nov 27, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. I learned about artists I've never heard of, I got an insider's look at art school, and I learned a bit about how racism and the art world intersect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in art, creating ar...

    3.5 maybe? I really wanted to like this book. It was shortlisted for the Reading Women nonfiction award, and there is definitely a lot that is good about this book: the story of a woman in her 60s going to art school, the personal story of the author?s parents, thoughtful commentary ...

    Noted historian Nell Irvin Painter has written about the confounding and lonely process of deciding to go to art school (undergraduate and then graduate) after enjoying a successful and fulfilling life as an educator and author, all while she is in her sixties and dealing with her agin...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Dec 03, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Jul 04, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

  • Sarah
    Jan 05, 2019

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. I learned about artists I've never heard of, I got an insider's look at art school, and I learned a bit about how racism and the art world intersect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in art, creating ar...

    3.5 maybe? I really wanted to like this book. It was shortlisted for the Reading Women nonfiction award, and there is definitely a lot that is good about this book: the story of a woman in her 60s going to art school, the personal story of the author?s parents, thoughtful commentary ...

    Noted historian Nell Irvin Painter has written about the confounding and lonely process of deciding to go to art school (undergraduate and then graduate) after enjoying a successful and fulfilling life as an educator and author, all while she is in her sixties and dealing with her agin...

    Intensely readable and often funny look at an eminent historian's decision to attend art school at 64. The tone can be imperious -- Painter's amazing and prolific scholarship has earned her that right -- but she is also frequently humble about her own short comings and expectations. Ul...

    Picked up out of a voyeuristic curiosity, but this book rather spoke to my heart. ?Kevin wondered what earthly power could explain my progress, but it was no secret to me. My answer? My old standbys: education and hard work (256).? ...

  • Chrissy
    Feb 03, 2019

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. I learned about artists I've never heard of, I got an insider's look at art school, and I learned a bit about how racism and the art world intersect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in art, creating ar...

    3.5 maybe? I really wanted to like this book. It was shortlisted for the Reading Women nonfiction award, and there is definitely a lot that is good about this book: the story of a woman in her 60s going to art school, the personal story of the author?s parents, thoughtful commentary ...

    Noted historian Nell Irvin Painter has written about the confounding and lonely process of deciding to go to art school (undergraduate and then graduate) after enjoying a successful and fulfilling life as an educator and author, all while she is in her sixties and dealing with her agin...

    Intensely readable and often funny look at an eminent historian's decision to attend art school at 64. The tone can be imperious -- Painter's amazing and prolific scholarship has earned her that right -- but she is also frequently humble about her own short comings and expectations. Ul...

  • Alyson Hagy
    Sep 19, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

  • Jim Leckband
    Aug 22, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

  • Kathleen
    Jul 03, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

  • Jane
    Jul 25, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

  • gnarlyhiker
    Jul 03, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

  • Laurie Thornton
    Dec 22, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. I learned about artists I've never heard of, I got an insider's look at art school, and I learned a bit about how racism and the art world intersect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in art, creating ar...

    3.5 maybe? I really wanted to like this book. It was shortlisted for the Reading Women nonfiction award, and there is definitely a lot that is good about this book: the story of a woman in her 60s going to art school, the personal story of the author?s parents, thoughtful commentary ...

    Noted historian Nell Irvin Painter has written about the confounding and lonely process of deciding to go to art school (undergraduate and then graduate) after enjoying a successful and fulfilling life as an educator and author, all while she is in her sixties and dealing with her agin...

    Intensely readable and often funny look at an eminent historian's decision to attend art school at 64. The tone can be imperious -- Painter's amazing and prolific scholarship has earned her that right -- but she is also frequently humble about her own short comings and expectations. Ul...

    Picked up out of a voyeuristic curiosity, but this book rather spoke to my heart. ?Kevin wondered what earthly power could explain my progress, but it was no secret to me. My answer? My old standbys: education and hard work (256).? ...

    I LOVED this but I don?t think it would have the same appeal for general readership. You have to be into the arts or art history, and maybe even old, to fully appreciate, I think. ...

  • Xtine
    Sep 01, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

  • Celeste Bergin
    Dec 26, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

  • Naomi
    Jul 19, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

  • Joan
    Jun 27, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

  • Abbi
    Aug 18, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

  • LeAnn Locher
    Jul 29, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

  • Paula Pergament
    Jul 21, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

  • SukiG
    Oct 10, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

  • Cheryl Campbell
    Jul 10, 2018

    There are many things to love about Old in Art School. The whole idea of someone going art school at the age of 64 is amazing, and Painter definitely provides a detailed sense of the experience for those of us who've never been (nor, in fact, even know someone who's been). Sadly, I bel...

    This one took a while?in addition to her storyline, Painter offers up a lot of interesting digressions about the art world and art world politics, so the narrative isn't always straightforwardly propulsive. I found myself?and this is a good thing?stopping to look up artists she m...

    Didn?t finish after reading this passage. Page 74: (about a fellow student) ?Soft little Kerry painted pretty horses. I shouldn?t call her ?fat.? My good feminist friends have slapped my hands over my use of that word, but my disdain for her painting sees her in just so judgm...

    Nell Painter didn't give me what I was looking for. I expected a smoother ride -- gentle acceptance, a coherent story. But instead Painter shows her brain raw -- from elation to anger to irritation, to contentment ... and finally to an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. This is a ...

    Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and ...

    Although I could empathize with the author's plight, her unrealistic expectations became tedious and her entitled attitude annoying. She somehow assumed that her brilliant career as an academic should have translated into automatic respect in a totally different field - as if a prize w...

    I learned more from than this book than I actually enjoyed reading it. I learned about some amazing artists I was ashamed I hadn't heard more of. Sometimes I thought this book was written for a certain audience - mainly people who are familiar with art school and academia. Sometimes I ...

    I can't recall where I came across this memoir but the synopsis of it compelled me to read it. Honestly, before I had even reached the 100-page mark, I would've given this book 3 stars. At that point, I felt that the author was getting caught up in the thick of telling us about Art His...

    After many years of a very successful career in one discipline, it is perhaps understandable to have some pride in your accomplishments. But damn, I got tired of "how great I am". That being said, Painter does have the proper humility of learning a new discipline. A beginning artist...

    I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter?s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don?t treat the serious older student as ?worthy.? In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 ye...

    I don?t know why I thought I?d like this book. I?m not really an art person. I don?t really ?get? ?art.? I think the second act aspect is really what interested me and then I actually started reading it and realized it was actually about art. As soon as I started it I d...

    I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. ...

    This was the very right book for me at the very right time. I'm not changing my career or field, but I am of the age where I have (always) far more questions about art and the practice of art than I do answers. Painter's fascinating narrative of how she went back to painting (and the v...

    I ate this up. It doesn't hurt that I'm trying to challenge myself with new endeavors as I get closer to my 7th decade. Painter is a notable, award winning, genius historian but she goes back to the beginning for BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the same time that she is caring for elderly ...

    At first I wasn?t taken with Painter?s memoir, it felt like she was taking too much time establishing her credentials in the world of history and academia. I am chagrined that I felt that way. As a historian, Painter is a fully realized top dog. Quiting that world at 64 to go to ar...

    Thoroughly enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it?s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author?s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly pa...

    Fascinating woman who has accomplished quite a lot. Dr. Painter is a noted historian. Then in her 60s returned to school to obtain yet another advanced degree, this time an MFA. Look carefully at the cover. At a book signing she indicated its a collage of cut up pages from her book,...

    I don't like to rate or review books I don't like. After all, just because I didn't like a book doesn't necessarily mean you won't love it. But I almost bought this book. I don't want you to make this mistake without fully knowing what this book is about. If I hadn't found this ...

    For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school ?especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise ? I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences,...

    How is it after 6 years, a BFA and a MFA Painter still draws like an 8th grader? Was she just a poor drawing student or did her schools skip the basics? Whichever it was, Painter continually kids herself about this deficiency. She learns that Gerard Richter used projection. Wow, that's...

    I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite a...

    a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too. recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p... good luck ...

    I did not want this book to end. While it did not turn out to be the blazing tell-all about RISD that I had hoped, what I got by reading it was a total gift. Nell Painter's insight into what it means to be a woman, what it means to embrace your passions later in life, and what it means...

    This is a great memoir for toughing it out, and going after a goal that is what you really want, even if it is not what you do BEST. And, that's hard; it messes with your head. This book captures the conflict between her knowledge of what being an expert truly feels like (as an esteeme...