What was most memorable or stands out in your mind about class this week?
Wow! Where do I start... This semester has already been amazing and we are JUST getting started! What has stood out for me from both pods is how thoughtful you all are. In my class I have loved hearing you share from your journal prompts, and getting a sneak peek into your journals this week when writing about the "Power of Outrospection" video. I am serious about having follow up conversations with you about what you wrote! Also memorable, the handshakes!! Morning class, sorry afternoon crew I don't see you til lunch, you all have been amazing with keeping up the tradition and being open to doing silly things! Afternoon crew, I appreciate you too! Like today when you were all waiting at the door setting me up for a wonderful Homecoming-prosal!!! I will never forget that, especially because just moments later Arcadio would break my heart by admitting he is seeing someone else.
What is/was the significance (most important part) of the lessons in class this week?
This week we completed our "Campaign Posters" and started once again looking into ourselves and drew up super quick Self Portraits. Much of what we will be doing in the next few days/weeks in both Dr. C's class and my own is asking students to dig deep and consider aspects of their identity, moments that have been influential, AND helping our students grow in self-confidence and trust in their journey wherever they may find themselves in this moment. Because this is art, I feel that sometimes different things we do may feel a bit like busy work or work that has no meaning. I often see students who are preoccupied with other tasks, other responsibilities, and who maybe don't allow themselves the opportunity to experience the exercises fully or freely. While I realize that not everyone considers themselves an artist, and that they may never again create a campaign poster or draw a portrait, I do hope that at least during these next couple of weeks they embrace the work for what it is, an opportunity to do something they hadn't done before, and/or just to have fun creating something cool in our art class. One of those goals was met today. Even though the student may not have internalized it in this way, it was one of those magical moments when a teacher hears a student say exactly what they hope for every single student say at some point during the school year. They said, and I paraphrase so please excuse if I miss a few words, "I am not so confident as an artist, this is a piece of work that I am proud of" because "I put a lot of effort into it." This was amazing to hear. Not confident, but I did something that I am super proud of because I gave it my best!!! YES!!! Of course, as I said before, the student who shared this with me may not have appreciated this in the same way as they also felt as they had done all that work for naught since this was just an "exercise." But... thats kind of what art (and life) is all about! That feeling of satisfaction when you give it your all and you are PROUD of what you did!
During this week's class, what idea(s) struck you as things you could or should put into practice?
Well one thing I need to put into practice is not talking so much!! I feel that I get so excited to share things that I wish I had heard as senior in high school that I just go off and don't look back. I'm sorry, seriously, I don't mean to ramble or talk too much. I also want to be a bit more clear with the purpose and intention behind the exercises we do in class. As the previous response shows, I need to be super clear with what we are doing and why so that no one feels like they are doing work just to do work!