- What did you think of the A-B-C format?
I thought it kept everything very well organized throughout the semester. It was fun to begin by creating art with our own hands, and then in the later portions of the class, come to appreciate other forms of art from other much more experienced professionals.
- What did you think of the 4 Messy Hands activities? (Plaster Casting, Sketching in the Garden, Graffiti Writing & Finger Painting)
I thought that they were the most fun portions of the class and I appreciated them the most. I never thought that I would experience something like plaster casting, but being exposed to such a different form of art is something that really opened my mind to the creation of art using other forms of media.
- What did you think of the 4 Life Design activities? (Design Thinking, ePortfolio, Environmental Portrait, vlog)
I felt that these made us reflect more so than I have ever done in my past educational career. It was fun to write about myself and I found myself having to condense my environmental portrait because of how lengthy I had come to make it. It made me really appreciate what I had to write and the subject of what I was writing.
- What did you think of the Student Choice & One More activities?
I did not partake in these activities.
- What did you think of visiting the SOA Galleries, having Conversations with SOA Artists, and blogging about them?
I felt that it was a great way to see art from another point of view. The art from the galleries was so professional but also very passionate. When it came to me to write essays about, I felt that I was unqualified to even write about it. Over time, I realized that art is for everyone to appreciate and everyone will have their own take on what a piece means or stands out to them. My biggest learning experience was seeing how universal art could really be.
- What did you think of using the class website, glenn.zucman.com/i2va, plus your own websites, instead of BeachBoard?
I found this something that I did not prefer. I enjoyed building my website and using it to blog, but it was the only class that separated information between so many sources. This required me to get used to the layout at first, but it took time to appreciate (the class website is very well laid out.)
- What did you think of using WordPress for your blog?
I thought that it was a fun way to showcase our weekly updates and blogging became something that I did to conclude my week and get ready for the next one. I never knew that there was a resource like WordPress that was so easy to use and could be customized so easily.
- What did you think of using Wix for your ePortfolio?
I felt that it was confusing at first because there were so many options and possibilities for the website that you can create. This freedom can be utilized in many different ways but I never used it to its full potential.
- What did you think of the guest speakers? (Internships, Study Abroad, etc)
I felt that the guest speaker helped us to understand more about art and appreciating its qualities. I thought it was amazing to see how she was able to be so well versed in so many things at the university.
- What did you think of the times in class when we took time to meet new classmates? How many Art110 peeps did you know before the class started? How many do you know now?
I recall the times that we took time to meet new classmates, but I did not actually end up to continue seeing or socializing with anyone new. My contact list of people from Art110 did not grow and actually stayed relatively the same through the semester.
- What did you think about having a class with no tests? I don’t just mean “was it cool to not have to take any,” but students use tests to guide their study and participation in a class. Students tend to learn what’s on the test, and to not learn anything that isn’t. Did not having exams make it harder to focus or find importance and relevance in the class?
I felt that since this was an art class, not having exams was actually the perfect way to highlight how free and creative it is. I enjoyed how students in the class sometimes used time to talk amongst each other or ask artists questions in the galleries. This was something that I appreciated much and learned more than studying for an exam.
- Any other thoughts?
I thought that this was the most unique class that I’ve taken in my entire first year of high school. It had such a different layout than I was used to before and I learned a lot about appreciating art and also how to take things one at a time. The lessons in class did not always adhere strictly to art, but also expanded upon other themes outside of art as well. This insight is something that I truly appreciated and I believe is one of the things that shows how flexible art is to other aspects of our lives.