These quotes have been uttered during different art classes by students of Edna Dapo, and the artist herself. Thoughtful and hilarious, students of all ages say the darnedest things – and if only all of them had been recorded since the beginning of Edna’s art career, there would be a delightful Sunday read.

If you don’t find these funny – well, maybe you just had to be there:


  • “I’m just q-tipping and fuzzing around.” ~ Mimi (on her painting technique using fantastic q-tips)
  • “I’m a choppy girl.” ~ Angela (on her painting style)
  • “Tell Don to stop – we are just trying to drown his noise.” ~ Rosalie (on the noise coming from the ceramics studio)
  • “I broke my elbow, but I can still hold the brush.” ~ Derek
  • “I’m … whatevering!” ~ Angela (while creating the background)
  • “I wanted to bring out the depth in shapes – sort of M.C. Escher-ish.” ~ Derek
  •  ”I feel like I just clicked with the angles today.” ~ Tanya (on correctly interpreting proportion of a figure model on her painting)
  • “Anything is possible in Barcelona.” ~ Glenn
  • “I am more worried about painting that dog, than the face.” ~ Angela
  • “You are the one.” ~ Jason (to Edna Dapo after seeing her charcoal drawing) and “You are the one.” ~ Jason (to Sebastian right after saying it to Edna Dapo)
  • “This is where the chin should go?” – “Which chin?” ~ Angela (while painting a face)
  • “Art is so ambiguous, it is pathetic.” ~ Ken
  • “I’ve seen a lot of male torsos, and many have a third nipple.” ~ Bruce (in life drawing class)
  • “I really like the size of your canvas.” (A prof to Edna Dapo unable to think of another positive constructive feedback)
  • “You are a professional artist? And you are also a VIP at frys.” ~ Daniel, age 10 (referring to Edna Dapo)
  • “I am Pencil-head. I came to erase you.” ~ Daniel, age 10 (written on the drawing of his character ‘Pencil-head’)
  • “I do do the doodle.” ~ Edna Dapo (after her grad school prof suggested to do a little sketch before starting a large painting)
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  • “They be psycho” ~ Machele (referring to people on internet)
  • “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” ~ Edgar Degas
  • “If your parents are not rich, you shouldn’t be artists.” ~ a very wise professor of Edna Dapo
  • “You don’t like the smell of turpentine? – you shouldn’t be artists!” ~ one of Edna’s professors
  • “Time flies whether you are having fun or not.” ~ Rosalie
  • “I carry my black bag everywhere, every time… I keep my Rubens in there.” ~ Glenn
  • “Are we really eating this cake, or is it just decoration?” ~ Maria (Age 6) while working on a group project of building a cake made of paper.
  • Kids: “I’m done! Done! Done!”
    Me: “You can’t possibly be done; you’re never done! Add details, details are everything. You guys know Leonardo?”
    Kids: “Yeah, Mona Lisa!”
    Me: “Yes, well, Leonardo said that work is never finished, only abandoned.”
    Kids: “He’s abandoned a lot of work!”