Miscommunication

Last Friday, my FYE class participated in a little card game(s). The class was separated into 4 groups and each group was given a deck of cards and a set of rules. What we didn’t know was that each table was given a different set of rules (*gasp*). So my group spent the first 10 minutes deciphering the rules and working out the kinks of the game. After our first group’s games were over, the winner and the loser of each group were asked to switch tables and from then on we weren’t allowed to talk. You can probably guess what happened when we were asked to switch tables and start a new game with a different group of people.

Some people were confused, but didn’t mention it because they weren’t confident enough in their own rules from the previous game. Some people realized the rules might have been skewed, but continued to play along with whoever took control of the rules because they aren’t super competitive/didn’t care much. Some people were fairly certain of the rules from the previous game and assured the others of their own rules (non verbally of course).

I have this annoying personality quirk where I can’t accept being wrong/incorrect. So this was particularly difficult for me. I was getting irrationally frustrated at a silly card game simply because I knew I was right (according to my own rules) and I assumed my new group just didn’t read the rules correctly. I eventually caved and played by their rules because it’s hard to argue my case without being able to talk. I realized the rules were probably skewed about halfway through that second game and I was relieved.

Communication is very effective when used correctly; I can’t even imagine being a foreign exchange student in a country where I only speak a portion of the native language.

This exercise definitely brought my “know it all” complex down a few levels, which I really appreciate. I need to improve my communication skills in regard to keeping an open mind. I’m working on it, but, hey, we all have things we wish we could change about ourselves.

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Cleaning up the Instillation (Final Work Day!) 

Before 

  
During

  
Finished 

  
I knew I wanted to clean up that square as soon as I saw it, so I picked a rather simple geometric design to replace it. It was complementary to the shape beneath it and I’m happy with how it turned out. Looking at it now, I wish I had made it a little more intricate. 

Before 

  
After 

  
I thought this little piece was pretty neat (no one else thought of twisting/braiding the string!), but I thought the pom poms kind of cheapened the design, so I got rid of them. Quick fix- but definitely an improvement! 

None the less- the finished wall(s) look(s) amazing! This turned out a lot better than I had originally thought it was going to! Very proud of all the 2D classes!

Space and Motion Drawing 

1. Figure going back in space

2. Line Weights

3. Add three figures (foreground, middle ground, background)

4. Use value to create a sense of atmospheric perspective 

5. Add 2 figures in 1 point perspective 

6. Use vertical location to develop the space  

   
I (obviously) forgot to take progress shots 

Challenges 

Personal 

I’ve run into a few challenges that have affected me personally- my roommate and I have gotten into a few arguments about the room. Most of which are noise/timing related, but we’ve come up with compromises here and there to work out any quirks. It’s an ongoing thing, but I’m pushing through. I think sleep is a big deal in college. How many hours is too many hours? And how many hours of sleep do I need to function normally?! Not sure, my sleep schedule is way out of whack (which I kind of anticipated), but I’m trying to get a handle on it. A messy sleep schedule usually means there’s some mismatched time management behind it. I’m trying to get stuff done during the week, so I’m not stressing on the weekends, but nothing is working out the way I want it to. I’d gladly take some time management tips.

Academic

Academically, I’m doing well in all of my classes except for drawing. (I have a C+) Which could pose a problem because I’m a drawing major?!!!??!!??! It’s kind of freaking me out. I finish my homework, follow instructions, and I’ve never missed a class. I’ve never drawn reaslistically from life before, just from images so maybe the fact that it’s new to me is throwing me off? I feel like my style isn’t what he wants, but I think I’m slowly gravitating towards what he’s looking for. I’m really hoping I can pull my grade up to an A before the end of the semester, because this is stressing me out.

Artistic

I decided to apply to the undergraduate art scholarship last week (the night before it was due, I’m really not kidding when I say I have a procrastination problem). So I took pictures of all my work, made the PowerPoint, exported it into a PDF, and then when it was time to upload the file- it was too big. I expected this, because it said something about it on the application. I tried to follow its steps on how to make the file smaller but I just couldn’t figure it out and before I knew it, the deadline was up. I spent hours putting together this slide show to end up with nothing. I’m hoping I can use it in another scholarship application. I’m really trying to make my own art outside of class, but it’s really difficult to find the time. Again, I welcome any time management tips.

Common Core

I think as artists, the idea of mandated, common core classes makes many of us shudder. Especially…math. *sigh* I’ve always despised math with my entire being! I hate math so much that if I took the energy I put into hating math and actually put it into studying for math then I probably wouldn’t be half bad at it. (Like that would ever happen) After this semester, I never have to look at math in a school setting ever again! That’s what’s pushing me to do well in math right now.

I knew I would have to take core classes in order to supplement my well-rounded college education. I actually look forward to having the ability or even the duty to learn about other things that aren’t art related. Don’t get me wrong- I love the art world and I want to learn as many things as possible about it, but my curiosity isn’t limited to art. I genuinely want to learn more about everything I find interesting. I’m taking an intro to sociology class this semester and I’m eating that stuff up! I love the thrill of learning new things and expanding my knowledge base. I wanted a higher eduation, not only for a degree, but for the oppurtunity to become more knowledgable.

  When math is out of the way, I plan on loading up my schedule with histories, sciences, philosophy, women studies, and any other intriguing course I would love to wrap my mind around. In the aspect of math, common core is a necessary evil.