This thread is nonsense. All artists are self taught, some just have formal training or work experience in addition.
Sorry, but I really don't think this thread has anything to offer.
i was taught formally all the way!!!!
on another note about people complaining about their high school art teachers making them do stupid stuff, i felt the same when i had to do color wheels and all that stuff.
it never clicked until 8 years later i figured out what she was actually trying to teach. i can't really explain how it goes, but when it does, you feel like you've reached another stage of enlightenment.