Lazy Sunday: Nell Painter, Old in Art School

By Ann Shayne
November 10, 2019

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  • Perfect inspiration to start the day. So much to ponder.

  • Wow! Thanks! *Old in Art School* has been on my Audible wish list ever since it came out. This just pushes me over the edge. Time to use up that credit!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I would not have known about Dr. Painter’s book, at least not right away. As a professor and as a “woman of a certain age”, I have decided to retire in 2020 to become a recovering academic and embark on my next act. Knitting and textiles have been a passion since childhood, and I am hoping to do something in this area, but hearing Dr.Painter inspires me to think bigger, to believe in living a life full of passion despite -or because of- my age, and not just sit in a quiet corner knitting. I can’t wait to read her book and continue to be inspired. Thank you!

    • …unless knitting IS your next act. One of the things I’ve done in retirement (2011) is that I have taken my knitting much more seriously, helped to found a Knitters Guild (part of the American Knitters Guild or whatever it is called), taken quite a lot of classes, and LEARNED a lot! I’ve even bought yarn in another country, painstakingly doing all the translations to figure out yardage, yarn size, etc.) I’ve had a lot of other things to deal with (moving across the country, a cancer diagnosis, big volunteer responsibilities), but knitting has been the constant throughout, and I have found it to be soothing in stressful situations.

  • I just ordered it from the library. Thank you!

  • I love when she makes her audience say with her: Say it loud! I’m OLD and I’m proud!

  • Thank you! Just placed a hold on it at my local library.

  • Ok, I am buying this book. This is exactly what I want to do when I retire: go to art school. Or at least start taking lessons and painting again. I was planning, in high school, to go on and study art but instead my music talent began to reveal itself and I decided that while I would certainly get too old to sing, I wouldn’t get too old to paint so I studied music instead. I am retiring at the end of next semester (May) and I am ready!

  • I love Dr. Painter’s historical work and I knew she had gone back to art school…but she’s also a knitter?!?!?!?!!?!?! ***swoon***

  • Oh. Oh wow. “Old in Art School” has been in my TBR pile for a while…and now it’s moved to the very top.

  • When touring art schools with my artist child, I so wished I could go to school with her! How exciting that Dr. Painter did go and do something she wanted to do!

  • Wow, this talk is such an inspiration! Thanks for shining a light on the amazing Dr. Painter.

  • Once upon a time, I was old in art school working on my MA and my MFA. I look forward to reading this. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Thank you for this inspiring talk. Has got me signing back up for the Harvard Book Store list of events! Dr. Painter has me thinking about the reimagining and re-creation of our selves that she so embodies. Making me rethink my retirement plans. Can’t wait to read the book.

  • It is gems like this that make Snippets such a joy to read every Saturday morning. You guys are the best curators of material for leading a creative life.
    Borrowed the audiobook from my library immediately (for this weekend’s knitting) and adding some hard copies to my holiday gift-giving, as well.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • I just finished listening to Nell read this book to me, free on my Libby app I loved it! Thanks so much for the tip. And the Libby app is great.