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November 25, 2014

Where Did Art Start For You? - Phyllis Schwartz, Visual Artist

In the days leading up to GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014, we are sharing stories from artists in the ArtStarts community. We asked them, "Where did art start for you?" It's a question that asks us to reflect on our own lives in order to see where along our journey our passion for the arts was sparked.

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Read visual artist Phyllis Schwartz's story below and share your own story at

Where did art start for you?

Art found me when I was in grade three: a ceramics artist came to our class with an art cart full of clay and clay tools. I remember also that this same artist returned with our bisque ware and a cart full of paint and brushes. I gifted that yellow pot with brown spots to my mother, and always had that pot somewhere in her home, perhaps a message. 

A few years later, my father signed me up for drawing lessons, and it seems another art fire sparked. Soon, I found myself in art stores trying out pencils that I would buy with my allowance. I came to fill countless notebooks with drawings, a habit that continues to follow me. 

Cameras were always part of our family activities, and I took cameras to camp, where I made portraits of my camp friends. Cameras also came to go everywhere I went. 

And then clay found me again, consuming me until I found my way back to school to study fine arts like I probably wanted to all along.

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