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Michael Campbell
(Art)


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Subject: Absolutely Recommended  (Oct 20 2008, 09:27PM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:Many (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Art is not an easy major...in fact, it may be the most difficult, as it will constantly challenge your time more than any other discipline I know of on campus. Particularly Campbell's classes. Stick with Dolbin if you won't make time and still want a good grade. With all profs, his classes are what you make it; you get what you put into it. If you have a question, any at all, about art or otherwise, ask him. You will get a reasonable, level-minded answer that actually makes sense. He has never once complained senselessly to me about anything, unlike some other art profs out there. And he's always understanding about anything. Absolutely the best prof I've had, art or other. Take him if you care about your qualifications for when you're out in the real world!
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Subject: If you want to improve....  (Jan 14 2008, 03:45PM)
Student: Heather (Art)
Class:Many (B)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Campbell's drawing 1 class is hard...that is all there is to that. It is hard in order to weed out all the students who aren't that serious about art and who are just there to waste time. This class is not easy and not cheap for a reason, but if you listen and follow his direction (a key that some people don't get) you will pass, don't really worry too much about your grade for drawing 1. If you take him again for drawing 2, painting, figure drawing, or anything else, he is much nicer. Yes you spend a lot of time in and out of class working, but that is what art is about...making things. If you are not willing to do the work, don't become an art major or take the class. He will tell you if he thinks something is good or crap. If it is crap he will tell you how to fix it and it's you choice whether or not you do it. He is a great professor who is a true asset to the department.
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Subject: don't diss prof. Campbell  (Mar 20 2007, 01:22PM)
Student: Pam (art education)
Class:Basic Drawing (B+)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Anyone who has horribly negative comments about Prof. Campbell is not truly dedicated to art and getting better at it. We are in college to learn after all. In a basic drawing class we shouldn't be allowed total freedom or else we wouldn't really learn anything. Prof. C gives the truly dedicated students a chance to succeed. He grades so that if you slack off and you don't try to improve then you are not going to do well in the class which is only fair. If you truly want to learn about art he is an amazing professor. If something is wrong he will tell you and help you fix it unlike some other professors and he is good at recognizing your style and suggesting artists that might be of interest. Although he stresses technicality, it cannot be denied that it is important. Another great thing about him is that he is straight up, and he explains why he does things the way he does.
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Subject: You all bitch and moan  (Nov 29 2006, 02:49PM)
Student: Joanie (Art)
Class:Drawing II, Painting I (B+)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Oh for god's sake. If you aren't an art major, just don't take Campbell. Simple as that. Non-arts don't understand how he works. Unlike every other prof on campus, he actually expects stuff from you. Many of the negative comments express that he doesnt allow creativity, which is complete crap. If your technical ability is worth a damn, then you can go on to the creative part. No creativity until you learn the skills. He, I would say, is the exact opposite of Ruby. He's very well organized, and requires skill before fun. Oh, and to all those that dont like the cost of this course...too bad. Art costs a lot to make (ever heard of a starving artist? Now you know why they starve. Paint before food). I feel no pity for those who suck in his classes. Stop being all pissy and switch majors already. Campbell teaches the way art school profs do, and the way all the art dept profs should.
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Subject: hard but nice  (Dec 23 2005, 11:48PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Basic Drawing (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Campbell's class requires a lot of work outside of class time, and if you aren't the best at drawing or if you take a long time to make things perfect expect a long semester. He has a very defined vision of what he wants, so either your drawing is good, or it is plain bad. If you don't have the time to devote to his class, don't take it. Despite these factors, prof. Campbell is very nice and always willing to help you improve.
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Subject: What to learn to draw  (Oct 27 2003, 10:55PM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:Basic Drawing (B-)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 With Professor Champell's classes you can be sure that he will teach you the building blocks of drawing. He is so well organized that everything you do has a purpose. His class is time consuming, but what do you expect, drawings take a long time. Yes, you have a sketchbook that is very structured and never-ending, but you learn so much that it is worth it. He is the best Art prof b/c he tells it like it is. If your drawing is shit he will tell you.
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Subject: Get a grip people  (Nov 27 2002, 01:49PM)
Student: Artboy (Art)
Class:Many (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I'm not sure why people would say you can't be creative in Campbell's classes. Yes, he gives vocab tests. Why is it asking too much that artists know definitions for materials and art terminology? Art majors are just too damn lazy. Campbell makes you work and doesn't have low standards like other profs at SU. If you are a whiner, are lazy or are an underacheiver, maybe you want to take another prof. Or better yet, switch majors. Criminal Justice is always a good fallback.
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Subject: If you want to learn, take Campbell  (Aug 26 2002, 03:15AM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:Numerous- painting-drawing (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Unlike some SU art profs, Campbell makes you work and is very well organized. If you want to learn and be challenged, take Campbell. If you don't give a damn and want to goof off, this isn't the professor for you (try Davis). Too many SU art majors slide through the art program with mediocre work. Campbell is one prof who tries to maintain high standards and challenge students. You may not appreciate it now, but you will in the years to come.
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Negative Comments (8)

Subject: boring  (Oct 17 2011, 12:11AM)
Student: AJB (art)
Class:figure drawing (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I was excited to take this class to learn some knew techniques in drawing... but the class was soooo boring! We did the same thing everyday! Nothing new, nothing changed. Some days he would talk about a new art project for homework and take 2 hours to discuss it with us... seriously come on! It doesn't take that long. The assignments sucked... they were boring to do and didn't really help me improve on my own with figures. He also grades hard and doesn't appreciate good work. The sad thing is he's the only prof who teaches this class! So if you really want to be bored to death take campbell!
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Subject: Invisible if you're not naked  (Feb 25 2010, 09:01AM)
Student: Topaz (Applied Math)
Class:Figure Drawing (C)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Campbell was critical of everything if you didn't do it the way he did it. He was quick to say I didn't do something "right" but not so quick to teach me how to do it the "right" way. He held us until a few minutes after class and I was always late to my next class because of it. I had a question for him after class once, but I had to stand there and wait 10 minutes to ask him a question because he wouldn't stop talking to the nude model about his trips to Europe. He was very critical with the grading. I had gotten A's in all my previous art classes, my art was displayed in the student art show, and even was shown in the Embarq exhibit afterward for 6 months...he gave me a C.
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Subject: HORRIBLE  (Oct 29 2008, 10:25PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:Art Appreciation (C)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Prof Campbell is an awful prof. He may seem nice in class, but the second you have a problem with him, he's a complete dick! Avoid him at all costs if you're not an art major...if you think you like art and take him, you will soon hate it!
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Subject: Hate!  (Oct 13 2008, 09:21PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:Intro to Art (C)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Alright, so I had him for a summer online class but I still think it counts. I HATED his grading policy...there wasn't one. It was just whatever he felt like giving you.
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Subject: ASS  (Mar 27 2007, 02:15PM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:Drawing 1 and 2 (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Prof C is a mean grumpy old man. Yes he is tough and very organized but that is a good thing. What is so bad about this man is he is down right mean. He will try to make you cry...... what an ass.. He loves to beat you down. Just take another class. This is a nightmare.
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Subject: Who do u think u are  (Oct 12 2005, 12:18AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:drawing (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 First of all, I took this class because I love.. to draw. I thought this would be a good chance to show my creativity and passion for art. I was wrong!!! Prof. C. doesn't really give a F*ck about you unless you are an art major. He also thinks that we are all made of money. If you want a good grade you better spend 150 dollars on a freaking frame and then go be special cotton paper so your art will last. I love to draw and in fact I pay for school with the money that I make from my artwork that has been sponsored by a gallery in York... Yeah.. but he doesn't think my art is worth the time of day... how many drawings, paintings or any other art have you sold in the past year prof C.? Hmmmm... I may sound harsh but he has ruined this semester for me with his negativity and strict symmectrical sh*t. What happened to self expression... ohh wait I guess I didn't the special paper.. that I have to order from a cataloge 3 weeks in advance.. that must be why he doesn't even look at me.
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Subject: ruined art for me  (Nov 04 2002, 07:52PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:basic drawing (-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 ive been in art for 7 years and loved it. THen i took campbells class and it ruined art forever. Not that hes a bad person, but if you are thinking of taking art for creativity, forget it. All of your projects are layed out, he does all the work except for actually drawing it for you. dont take unless neccessary. By the way, why the hell do i have to take a vocab test in an art class, i did that in high school.
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Subject: Nazi  (Oct 30 2002, 02:12AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Basic Drawing (-)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Yeah, if you think taking an art course will be fun, creative, or easy, Campbell will do his best to correct that. He takes any kind of creativity out of art in order to program you into being more... like him I guess? He grades hard on your work, which is odd considering the work he puts out. I don't have anything against him as a person, I just think he sucks as a teacher. And in case you think you have him pegged, you're wrong, because he's married with kids.
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Subject: Tough, but Informative  (Sep 17 2012, 06:19AM)
Student: Anonymous (Fine Arts)
Class:Art 110, 210, 321, and 322 (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Okay, honestly, I understand more of the bitching that goes around about Prof. Campbell than the praises. I find it very hard to believe he is as some people revere him. That being said, this man knows his mediums! You want to get good, LISTEN to what he tells you. You will improve in skill so much with his exercises and assignments. My favorite thing to praise about this guy is how I used to HATE watercolor... and then I took his class, learned how to use the medium because of his instruction, and now I LOVE the medium. To me, that shows that he's a friggin' genius to show you how to work with something in the time span of three months. I agree with the lack of creativity complaints though. And one thing that I agree with fellow students is how difficult it is to create art that he likes. He teaches realism techniques, but seems to enjoy abstraction the most. I feel a lot of such contradictions when working with him. Also note, he states this in class, but he works to weed out those not cut out for the art career. So don't take his classes if you're not an art major. But if you're an art major, take this time to build a tough shell. You're going to need it as an artist anyway.
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Subject: teaches techniques without emotion  (Mar 18 2010, 04:00AM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:Drawing classes, Watercolor (C)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I have taken three classes with this prof and I have very mixed feelings on him. On one hand, he is a great professor if you're hoping to improve in techniques to improve your art skills - I went into his class hating watercolor because I could not work with it and now I know how and love the medium. If you're looking to study art, which I have always been taught is about expressing and giving physical form of your emotion and beliefs, as well as how to do this, he's not the teacher to expect this learning from. It's not too bad as other art teachers will fill in this gap, but don't expect a class where you get to express your emotions and who you are, which is why I want to do art. Expect to be expected to do static, emotionless pieces that simply express the world as it is, not as you see it. Certainly he teaches the basics and techniques you need to do great art, but not how to express the emotion and person behind the piece. Also, you can never know if the questions you ask are good or bad in his eyes. Usually it depends on what he thinks of the person. Admittedly, I did not put forth the effort I should have and I have no issue with my grade nor his treatment of me. It's his treatment of art. Although I will say, I put in less effort in his class because I felt that what I did he would only criticize and insult; but I have put forth much more effort in classes with Professors Ruby and Dolbin, both of whom are not only open to what you do - so long as there is effort and reason to your piece - but they both praise and criticize your work, telling you what works and what doesn't. Campbell will approve of bits and pieces of your work, but he will never praise it. Or will do so only rarely. Unless you have some innate gift to express the world as accurate as a photograph.
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Subject: mixed nuts  (Mar 04 2005, 05:08AM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:drawing 1, and 2 (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Basic drawing SUCKS! He purposefully makes himself an asshole to chase people away. I have no idea why. He loosened up a bit with drawing 2. No vocab test (THANK GOD), and free reign on projects, however the projects are terribly repetitive! Will write back if I take another class with him (which i probably will >_<)
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Subject: Creativity in art class? Surely you jest!  (Dec 12 2002, 03:19PM)
Student: a real artist (Cmputer Science)
Class:Art Appreciation (D)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Let's get something straight here. There is little or no actual art in this class. He assigns stupid little Mickey Mouse "projects" that can only be done in a lab that is always locked. Don't worry, they're sorta extra credit, in that you get extra points for doing them but get screwed for forgetting them. The rest of the class is a vocabulary lecture. This part honestly isn't so bad, as I still had somewhat of an interest in art before taking this course. However the tests are impossible, because he does asshole things to f*ck you over. Not only are the most obscure vocab terms on the tests, but he picks random pictures out of the useless book and expects you to remember the painter, the title, the date, and what museum they're in. When the hell did art become stupid memorization bullshit? To top it all off, he forces you to write a research paper on a modern artist (2 if you can't drop everything in your _important_ classes and go on the damned field trip). How exactly do you find sources on unknown people with shitty "art" that are both credible and have enough content to write a 7 page paper on? Campbell, get a f*cking clue already.
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Subject: sick up his ass  (Nov 13 2002, 10:19PM)
Student: steve (art)
Class:basic draw (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 campbell is an asshole. he isn't looking to teach students to be creative, he teaches you to be a camera. he wants you to pick objects, and then write a paragraph on what they mean. "you asked me to draw objects, i drew them. Hes just an outright d*ckface.
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