It’s been an interesting semester. Not externally, but internally. I’ve thought a lot about myself and my ultimate place in this world. I’ve made drastic changes to my lifestyle and overall goals. It would be a crime to dismiss this class. The activities we completed and the people I got to meet really inspired me to pursue what I really wanted in Film.
The activities I really enjoyed were as follows:
- Plaster Casting: This was the first art experience we were assigned. Although I failed miserably, I still had a great time attempting to create a replica of my hand. It was a creative use of cheap supplies that I could acquire almost anywhere. in addition, I thought it was really cool that Glenn organized a little meet-up at Seal Beach for students to get to know each other. I instantly regret not going.
- Art Care Package: I loved this activity. I got to create a meaningful representation of my friendship with one of my oldest high school friends. It was honestly really sad to look back on older memories. But that’s important for acceptance and moving forward. With this project, I thought Glenn gave us the most freedom to make something the way we wanted. You could include any objects and determine the meaning in your own, personal way.
- Design Thinking applied to Life: The last project was also essential. I love how Glenn stretched the bounds of “art experiences” so that we could examine our lives. It exceptionally enlightening to look closer at my potential future on this planet. It was really stressful and terrifying, too, but I think it’s important to do things your afraid of.
I enjoyed almost every activity, but there were still some lesser ones that I didn’t really connect with.
- Finger Painting: This experience was just exceptionally difficult for me because it was hard for me to complete an art piece without meaning or purpose. I would continuously try to create some representation painting, and I ended up frustrated. In the end, my painting was a manifestation of anger and impatience, though, so I compromised somehow.
- Architecture: The Wedge: I also didn’t really connect with this experience. I appreciate architecture as an art form, but I would have rather completed another experience in it’s place.
- Ethnography: The Ethnography assignment was also expendable. I didn’t really feel particularly enlightened by the experience because i could already understand life without electric beforehand. Still, I could still understand the significance to other students who rely on electricity much more than I do.
In the end. I really enjoyed this class. The use of WordPress and Slack was very creative and brought the students closer to one another as well as the professor himself. I fully support these replacements for Beachboard. I also loved the Art Gallery assignments. It felt like I got to visit a unique art museum every week. I even connected with a lot of the art work on personal and emotional level. Here’s a piece of writing I took a picture of early on in the semester. It put my thoughts about art into words. I think about it everyday.