go back to art school

I don't see any need for anybody here to be defensive about anything. WWII? I think most of us in America will recognize that as World War II (two) and we likely all had fathers and brothers, and mothers and sisters, even grand parents who worked and fought and died in that war. That's the past, let's move on.
The use of acronyms can be a problem. We have members on this forum from all over the world. Some here know what FEMA means, others know what ANZAC means and I don't know what half the art products mean. I have to do a google search. See GOOGLE. IMHO, LMFAO...
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To further what Ayin and Hannah and Terri said, it only takes a few more key strokes to spell out an acronym and save others the annoyance of having to look it up. I find it a privilege to inform you all of the Federal Emergency Management Administration or the Australian/New Zealand Army Command. Please excuse my arrogance.
As artists, a strict adherence to rules would make us poor artists. I see a lot of us here are freedom fighters, even though some insist on drawing cats, but your mother warned you. :)
I had a great art school experience. I spent three years learning commercial art. While now they have changed the program to be called graphic design, I was taught the old school ways of illustration and designing on paper before moving to a computer. I feel lucky to have been in school in the years when people left from critiques in tears, because it motivated me to do my best.

The main takeaway from my years of college is that it gave me an understanding of design. I learned how to break down complex imagery into its most basic elements, and I learned how to layout those on paper to create realistic work that has an underlying good abstract composition.

I accomplish this in my plein air landscapes by creating a value sketch in markers before moving to the canvas. And then I mix my colors using a value palette. I have a video on my website that explores these ideas and several on my YouTube channel.

To me, having that underlying armature of an abstract value structure is what elevates those with a true understanding. As a landscape painter I see plenty of both? But the real ones always stick out.
Never had formal art school training, science all the way. Would I swap for art, no. I did do some art courses with very good artists and would do MUCH more of that. Kyle's point of the technical stuff is a fair point. I feel my biggest limit is drawing skill and values. BUT - these are learnable at any time if you really care. Would I have pursued art as a profession, no, as a Better trained amateur artist, yes.
I would have loved to just spend time with certain artists, travelling from one to the next.... But, go back... that's dealing with regrets and not a good place to dwell in. Explore learn and enjoy now or in the future.
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See, I was never interested in digital design and digital marketing before I start my career. If you are into art, you can go to a community college or some form of after school class. There is nothing wrong with receiving the proper eduction needed. However, please do not have a very rigit mind thinking that school is the only option out there. There are numerous opportunity for you to try out. I will prabably get into fanancial planning and investment later in my career. Therefore, you never know at the starting point.
bartc- I don't mean to imply that going to college or any trade school is worthless. Just that degrees tend to be exaggerated in importance. (Schools "sell sheepskins" after all. )

Good instructors teach thinking skills along with specific content, and in some courses actual working skills. Those are valuable regardless of where one obtains them.

I quite like Niel deGrasse Tyson's take on the value of education:

I did attend a formal Art School... the Cleveland Institute of Art. I took some rather rigorous courses in Drawing, Design, Art History, Literature, etc... I would still admit that much of what I needed to know to create the art that I now create I learned outside of school... but my education did teach me how to go about learning what I needed. My diploma... I honestly don't even know where it is anymore... was a necessity for getting hired in my current teaching position... and my knowledge of Art History and various art media has been of use in teaching... but more of what I employ on a day to day basis in the classroom was learned over the years by experience in the classroom than it was from my formal studies in art school, or in my studies in art education.

To directly address the OP... if I had it to do all over, I think I would have done my studies in local community college courses as well as studying in an atelier under a professional working artist. I would have definitely been cheaper, and I might have learned more of the actual methods/practices of working in a studio as well as the business side of art. This was undoubtedly a huge advantage of the old apprenticeship system.
St. Luke, that's what I wish I had done if I could do my life over, but I wish I could also have earned whatever degree I needed to get some kind of job that I could actually do (without going insane) and make good money. It probably would not be in the arts, however. I would have liked to have learned art under someone who knew what they were doing (an apprenticeship) to at least get that confirmation, do some artist's residencies for socialization, and maybe work in scientific research to make a living.